To appreciate Nature’s stance on this, one must determine if humans are children of Nature. With our four limbs, two eyes, air-breathing lungs, and oversized brains, are we One with the apes, wolves, lions, falcons, chickadees, whitetails, and quail? Or are we something other, something apart, displaced, perhaps “left behind” extraterrestrials isolated from the panoply of life on Earth?
Evidence argues strongly that we are and always have been products of the same Nature/God that has replenished the Earth for countless millions of years. Humans don’t carry some 98 percent of the same DNA as chimpanzees because men are from Mars and women from Venus.
This reality suggests we are subject to the same Natural laws as the rest of life. We breathe, eat, drink, shelter, reproduce, and die, our material parts recycled through Nature’s system of decline and renewal. We, too, whirl in the cycle of life and death. That raises the next question…
Can we identify any indications that Nature abhors hunting or a carnivorous diet? We rightly revere Nature’s system as the ultimate biodegradable, all-organic, endlessly recyclable, environmentally perfect manifestation of Earthly perfection. Yet she shows no inclination to stop wolves from biting and tearing caribou to death. She doesn’t prevent lions from clawing kudu and buffalo. She lets eagles snatch lambs from ledges, allows sharks to bite seals in half, house cats to toy with innocent, helpless mice. Whether you subscribe to evolution or creation, the Ultimate Authority purposefully included hunting, predation, and meat eating as essential parts of the biosphere.