A dad has defended why he teaches his son to hunt – saying it teaches him about feral animals as well as having fun.
Zach Williams, father to two-year-old son and seven-year-old stepson, said he is also currently training his eldest son on how to use a bow and arrow, as his younger son watches on from a backpack.
The Australian father said he is keen to offer his sons the same experience he had growing up saying it will help to strengthen their father-and-son bond.
He said: “I started hunting before I had any memory of going out.
“My grandparents used to take me out camping and fishing and hunting quite young so it’s just all I’ve known growing up.”
The father told news.com.au’s podcast I’ve Got News For You that Zach’s two-year-old observes his older brother and father, laughing as the pair take shots at animals.
He added: “(My younger son) giggles, shoots the bow again, giggles and he’s like more please dad.”
Zach said he also takes his youngest son to explore the terrain and nature that surrounds him.
He added: ‘I want him to have fun out there, take notice of all the other things that’s going on.
“You see all the native animals, you see all the native bird life, you come across lizards, see plenty of kangaroos, emus and stuff like that.”
He said he also takes time to teach them about conservation and the dangers feral animals impose on the environment.
However, some animal rights advocates say Zach’s decision to take his sons hunting is “dangerous” and possibly traumatic.
Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst said: “I mean, that puts that toddler in a very dangerous situation, and also risks them experiencing trauma from witnessing an animal dying and being torn to pieces. It’s really concerning.”
This article by Abigail O’Leary was first published by The Mirror on 27 July 2022. Lead Image: Zach and his eldest son proudly pose holding the carcass of a shot animal (Image: Aussie_Arrow/Instagram).
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