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29th Nov 2010, 5:42 PM in Back to Basics

Hunter to Hunted and Back Again

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Hunter to Hunted and Back Again
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C. Glen Williams 29th Nov 2010, 5:42 PM edit delete
This goes right up there with the weirdly cannibalistic food mascots, in my opinion. Sure, it's creepy that a tuna wants to be caught and canned. It's even creepier that so many brands of bacon and/or sausage use pigs as their mascots -- often showing them cheerfully delivering the pork products to the shopper.

But in a world of sentient animals, how could anybody ever actually be a hunter? It breaks up the whole hunter/hunted dynamic. When your prey is capable of actually talking back to you and could even be your next-door neighbor or your kids' English teacher, how the Hell are you supposed to pull the trigger?

And what about pet ownership? Sure, Pluto (apparently) is a dog in Mickey Mouse's universe just as he would be a dog in ours, and not a hyper-intelligent, clothes-wearing dog like Goofy (relatively speaking). But doesn't it cause confusion on the streets? How many door-to-door salesmen start their pitch to Pluto, only to realize twenty minutes later that they've been trying to sell a vacuum cleaner to an animal that can't understand that rocks aren't food?

This is what bothered me the most about The Legend of the Guardians. Spoiler Alert, for those of you who care. When a snake is brought into the owls' nest as prey, only to be recognized by the children as their nanny, it begs the question -- were none of the snakes that these owls caught before intelligent? Or had they heartlessly slaughtered hundreds of constructive members of the community willy-nilly, all to slake their unnatural (well, actually, totally natural) hunger?


PO8 26th Dec 2012, 9:14 PM edit delete
CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia deal with this issue at length. The existence of both "dumb" and "talking" animals in the stories is a major plot point, and many of the questions you ask are explored pretty thoroughly.