Are All Hunters Psychopaths?

There is a disgusting photo going around the internet of an ordinary looking woman posing next to a dead lion that she had just killed. She is smiling with unbelievable satisfaction. Her face reflects pure evil and stupidity.

This photo made my stomach turn, as I am sure it did for millions of people.

The picture (I will not share it on this blog because I just think it is so vile but you can see it here) clearly shows that this woman is a psychopath.

I don’t care about the procedure-yes, I will jump into that conclusion.

She is a psychopath. Her grin shows it. Her actions show it.

She is so proud of what she has done.

What a stupid woman.

Ok, enough about her.


The real question is -are all hunters psychopaths?

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Here is how hunters usually defend themselves and their hobby.

1. “The animal would kill you if it had a chance”


I admit: If I were anywhere near a lion that’s not in a cage, and I don’t care how tame he might be, I would pray to God that someone with a gun is close enough to save me.

If I had to, to protect my life or the lives of other human beings, I would shoot that animal without thinking.

That’s one thing. It’s called instincts. Our animalistic nature takes over when we are in danger.


This is the hunters’ point all the time. But it is not a good argument.

Shooting a lion only makes sense if you had to defend yourself. Or if you are starving to death and you had to chose between low-calorie, low-nutrition plant roots or a nice lion steak that will provide you with strength and vitality.

Hey, in some situations even human steak can do the job to help you survive.

However, we are no longer competing with the rest of the animal world for survival.

This is not the kind of world we live in. Period.


But the hunters still go out and hunt. So, they want to be reminded of the animal inside them? They want to be the predator? Sounds psychopathic to me!

Hey, why don’t you let it be a fair game. Go there and make your own weapons with your bare hands, don’t rely on modern technology! Oh, wait, I forgot, psychopaths do not get the word “fair”.


It seems to me that psychopaths really don’t get a lot of things.

It seems to me that they are really just a lot less intelligent then the rest of us.

I will have to write a whole separate post about that.


2. “We are animals too”

This is the point where a hunter and/or a psychopath and I would disagree the most, I think. This is the core of the problem.

Are we, or are we not animals?

I believe that we are not. How do I know?

Because I know that I have a consciousness. I know that I am capable of being merciful and forgiving.

I expect that from other human beings. But I do not expect it from animals.

And although some may argue that animals can also be empathetic and forgiving, I would rather not get into that right now.



Animals should be forgiven if they turn around and bite us. It is their nature, and they are trapped in it.

We, on the other hand, are free from it. We can tame it and even sacrifice our own well-being for the sake of others or for a higher cause.

We know better now. And we have the obligation to tame the animalistic side of us. To keep it under control.

This is not only an obligation that society puts on us, it is a deep spiritual obligation.



Some of the more religious psychopaths hunters, have an argument that goes something like this:


3. “Religion teaches us that we are on a higher level than animals and that animals were put on this Earth for our pleasure.”


Forget religion. We all know you don’t really believe in God. Your actions clearly show it.
Anyone who truly believes in God appreciates life. The “pleasure” in the sentence above is meant to represent enjoying the prosperity of animals, enjoying their existence, and not taking pleasure in destroying them.

Because that is only what psychopaths do.


But I agree that we are on a higher level than animals. Spiritually.

What it means is that we must take care of them.

The “higher” beings should always take care of the beings that are “lower” than them.

In general, the human race collectively moving toward being more divine, more understanding, more able to appreciate the beauty in things. And not destroy it. It comes with the increase in IQ of our species.


4. “You’re a hypocrite because you eat meat”

Maybe some day we will all evolve in the direction of not eating steak at all, but for now, this is our reality.

And it’s not necessary to go into extremes in order to be a good person.

You can eat meat and not be a psychopath.

Even my grandparents, who used to kill their farm animals for food, were not psychopaths.

They never took pleasure in it.

If I had to actually kill an animal to eat it, I would probably have a supermodel figure because I would never do it.

I would eat salads, fruit, and bean soups. Fortunately, there is plenty of food right now for those of us that have access to the internet.

Maybe, if I got to the point of starvation, I would dream of eating some Bolognese sauce and of killing a cow. Maybe the nature would totally kick back in and I would even become completely girly, waiting for my man to go out and do the dirty job for me. 🙂

Or maybe I would just go hunting myself. I wouldn’t have any regrets if I had to feed my children.

Again, it’s one thing to just turn your empathy off for a second and do what has to be done.

It’s another thing to consider killing a sport.

The point is, as we as humans get more intelligent, we find ways to avoid doing this hard or unpleasant work on a daily basis.

And the psychopaths are the only ones left hunting.


5. “We do it as a family”

Some hunters are emotionally attached to hunting because it was an activity they do as a family.

I can’t even wrap my mind around this one.

How sick can some families be?

This reminds me of Nazi Germany, where everyone was so brainwashed into killing, where everyone was lovey-dovey to each other but not to the outsiders.

Yes, it takes a psychopath to create that kind of atmosphere.

And the rest follow. It’s called secondary psychopathy. I will write about it soon.


My point:

Humans are on a higher spiritual level nowadays. Not so long ago, we used to be just like animals. We had to fight for survival. There was no time to think too much about the actions that were long gone, you had another danger coming up. You had to be strong and just take the suffering.

Back in those days, hunting was a normal part of life. It was even a normal pastime activity.

There are still societies like that. Somewhere in Mongolia, probably. Nice places.

Maybe all the hunters should just move there. They would love it.



Hunters do not have to kill today. But they still want to.

Does this make them psychopathic? Yes.






  • Tomislav

    “Maybe some day we will all evolve in the direction of not eating steak at all, but for now, this is our reality.” There are a lots of reality’s, in mine I don’t have to eat any animal source food to live and be healthy. Well, I can only hope that the rest of humanity will evolve to that point.

  • Louise Dickinson

    my father was a farmer , and he killed animals for his family , us, they were never violated or disrespected , or humiliated . He said he always had to build up courage to do it , and we actually grieved for them ….. living birth , life and death as i did , i disengaged from eating meat totally … almost 25 years now. And i am still alive .

  • Kris

    This “article”, comes across as incredibly petty, and suspect. I wonder how many animal rights activists are psychopaths? There is more evidence that the author of this “article” is a psychopath, then the hunter*, as this article wreaks of asthenic psychopathy.

    *With a tiny bit of retooling, your article could be re-written to label even subsistence hunters as “psychopaths”. The hunt was apart of that ladies trade, as by trade she is a hunter. That, and usage of the Hegelian dialectic process, is always a good indicator symptom of a psychopath or sociopath.

    • Truthsayer

      Butchers don’t kill for pleasure.

      You are just a psychopath hunter. That’s it.

  • Sam

    Hunters are not in any way mentally unstable. Your points are so invalid its not even funny. If there werent any hunters, animals would over populate and there would not be enough food for all of them to survive. So what does that mean? That means they will die. Then when they die, they are disease infested carcasses. So good luck with that veggie munchin! Hunters kill these animals quickly and painlessly. Then we use every part of the animal. Humans have hunted for hundreds of years. So this ” Evolve” stuff is a big load of cow poop. Of course we feel bad for the animal, that being human, but we respect the animal. I am going to take a wild guess and say y’all voted for Obama?

  • HBH

    Hunting for sport is unethical. We may be animals too, but most animals don’t kill for fun; they kill for survival. Humans take from nature, but rarely give back. Ending an animals life should never be done for thrill or sport; it should only be done for food. A hunter should only take what he needs, which means that industrial slaughterhouses are also unethical.

  • Sandy Smith

    Sociopaths have a general inability to empathize, they are able to inflict pain and agony on sentient beings with no feelings of remorse. Animals can feel pain and suffer. So people that are aware of the torture and pain animals go through for human consumption and those that kill them for fun are clearly sociopaths!

  • Thomas O’Dell

    I hate to say this, but it seems your making a lot of ridiculous assumptions. In fact, this entire article is basically you saying “I don’t agree with hunting, so all hunters are psychopaths”. By that logic, anyone can claim anyone is psychopathic. I, personally, have never hunted anything and never will. The problem I have with this article is that it shows incredible stupidity in it’s assumptions.

    • Tammy Charleston

      The mentality it takes, to kill another being as a sport – purely for pleasure is not the act of a normal human being. Normal human beings come equipped with what’s called empathy and compassion. Anyone who carries these traits is not going to kill another being purely for entertainment reasons. Only a human without these traits ( a sociopath or psychopath ) would get pleasure from killing.

      If you are not smart enough to see this then you are the one who is stupid!

    • Capiche Madafakas

      Stupid (for you) assumptions don’t kill innocent creatures for sick pleasure. People always find excuses for their outgrown ego and selfish mentality.
      Stupid is as stupid does.

  • sinn1

    This is quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I have ever read in my life. Hunting for food is not a sign of psychopathy. I have hunted before and I definitely have empathy for animals and people. I have pets that I love very much as well as a fiance who is absolutely amazing. I do call into question the writer of this article. She suggests that we not use a rifle or bow that is designed to kill the animal without pain, but we should implement something far harsher (be one with nature). I do not support trophy hunting ever, which is what this idiot is talking about. Furthermore, the writer is not a man and will never understand rights of passage. This right of passage I am talking about is feeding your family with your own two hands, not the celebration of killing. The satisfaction of providing for your family with food usually far better and cheaper than the supermarket and the food lasts much longer (depending on the preservatives used). Lastly, I call into question the writers credentials. What authority does she speak with? Does she have a degree, and what is it in?

    I am currently in college seeking my masters degree in criminal justice and psychology and I am set to graduate next semester suma cum laude (with highest distinction).