We have now had a couple of discussions regarding hunting and not hunting with a setter, or more specifically what upsets members on this site in regards to photographs.
I am in contact with one hunter that now feels that publishing another photo of a setter retrieving game or being shown with the result of a good day hunting would be equal to committing "Ning-suicide".
And I find this very upsetting.
Another member wrote in one of the discussions that the photographs should show what we are proud of, and that could/should not include dead animals.
I am not a hunter, neither am I a show-person, but I think this site is great! In fact I think it is amazing that we can all discuss what we have in common...the setter. Being so used to there being a huge gap between hunting-setter-owners and all "others" in Scandinavia, I find all this site very refreshing.
Or at least I did until some time ago.
I now find myself defending hunters right to show photographs of what they are proud of, and that is a great day out in the field. Preferably with results to show for it.
Yet I dont hunt and am not interested in hunting.
We know that nothing is constant and everything changes, but this site is (was?) unique in the way that we all could share it and discuss our different ways of working/living with our setters. Please do NOT make the people that hunt with their dogs feel unwelcome on this site!
Heated discussions, yes!
I love them :-)
But a witch-hunt when it comes to photos showing what setters are being used for around the world?
No thank you!