I believe an important distinction needs to be made. Violence has a negative connotation, but hunting and predation can certainly be positive, in fact usually are in Nature. Otherwise, energy doesn’t flow. Again, the assumption killing is bad and destructive. Predation/hunting certainly serve a constructive role in nature. Let’s examine this from the Native Americans’ hunting perspective.
They hunted and killed deer, elk, buffalo, etc. What was the effect? I don’t think I would have to try too hard to convince most people that there attitude toward the animals they killed was reverence. In fact, they considered deer to be (abstractly perhaps) their brothers and sisters. This theme runs through all traditional hunting societies doesn’t it? Now what about the American hunter? Many posters here will claim American or “modern hunters” are bad, evil, and destructive.
This leads to a relevant topic, but I wonder if ARS/veggies are willing to grant traditional hunting societies as having reverence toward the animals they hunted and killed? Herein lies another interesting connection: even vegetarians can’t get away from killing. In fact, a strong case has been made by Ted Kerasote that a vegetarian requires more kcalories of petroleum than hunters for a given caloric intake (whether meat or vegetarian). And obviously petroleum usage extracts a certain amount of pollution, environmental destruction, etc.
I think we have a lot of finnicky people who find meat eating abhorrent for the simple fact that they have the convenience of their own refrig. and the local Safeway store. Most people in this country have never been really hungery, and interestingly, have never been responsible for a single meal in their entire life (whether containing meat or not). I suggest hunting may lead to a deeper reverence for wildlife, and may also have the societal value of “keeping us honest” re: where food and calories comes from…an important fact we are losing sight of in the day of instant and prepacked foods.