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Discussion about the franchise of "The Hunger Games," particularly its "bucking" of stereotypes, has led to passionate debating about killing for food on CNN's Eatocracy blog. People also talked about the movie, which comes out Friday, March 23, so if you've got an opinion, let us know what you think. You can also watch the cast of the movie answer iReporters' questions.
Reaction to the story has pit hunters against vegetarians.
Vegetarian: "Nobody seems to really catch the point. It's the lack of compassion that's the bottom line. How can you enjoy an activity that is about killing? And the B.S. about it being clean and fast; 'so they don't suffer' is absurd. They always suffer. Just admit that you don't care, and in fact, may enjoy the power. Be honest.
Hunter: "The deer I shot this year was a clean kill through the heart. It ran on adrenaline for a few yards before it dropped. There were several other opportunities I had to shoot many other deer this year and chose not to because it would have been beyond my capability and would have likely caused suffering. But I chose not to. It is one of the tenants we learned in our hunter education course: Respect the animals . Did I mention that I donated the meat to Hunters for the Hungry–a 5013c charity that provides hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat to the poor in Virginia? You should read about how corporate farms treat their animals before you make generalizations on the entire hunting population of this country. Further, I bet you also don't know that hunting licensing fees fund state conservation efforts for all those beautiful state parks you enjoy."
Another person was disgusted by the whole idea of "The Hunger Games."
This book, this movie is garbage......: "All the storyline is about is just a play on marrying violence (killing human beings) with sex (female killers). It's a disgusting piece of work let loose at a time when the world needs LESS stories about violence. And this B.S. about hunting for food, please, there is no need unless you are flat broke and living in the woods ... and who is, those that can buy pricey firearms do NOT need to hunt for food. 99 percent of hunters only do so because of the thrill of the kill, no matter what B.S. line they spew out of their mouth."
This reader says they are morally opposed to hunting.
Maggy: "Hunting is wrong. It may take some people a few more million years to get, but civilized people don't hunt. We don't need meat. We have evolved. Some people have moved on, some are stuck because the TV and magazines tell them they have to eat meat, and in some well ... the caveman has not been bred out of them. Just because someone can out on a one-thousand dollar suit, does make them civilized. And of course some people are just mean and nasty and get a thrill out of killing. How much money did the hunting industry give to this movie? The truth is, hunting numbers are down to the point that the industry and the NRA has had to go after women and kids for the past ten years or so. Oh, and blind people. Yes, blind people can get a hunting license."
The discussion was quite spirited.
"God did not put animals on this earth for man to just look at and go 'Aw, is that cute,' " quipped a user John Doe I mean Buck. "Besides, hunting is a great pastime. Try it. Get into the spirit of the wild. You don't know what you are missing."
A woman talked about her love of hunting, and started a separate thread about thanking your food.
Mtngal: "I've fished my whole life (taught by my father and grandfather), and I am a woman. I get looks from men who can't cast as far, or from those who I outfish. And they are always shocked that I know what I am doing -– girls aren't supposed to do things like this. But I put food on the table. I don't like to kill the fish, but I do it. I say a prayer to them first, thank them for giving their life, and do it. I'm now teaching my husband to fish, and he has trouble with the killing part, so I do it for him most times. After a while you get used to it –- but taking any life is not a joy, and for the many that we take home, we make sure that we relase some, too."
WASP: "@mtngal: You Native American? Never heard of anyone else thanking the animal for giving its life to feed us. BTW, i'm lakota."
Punky: "I am an avid fisher and soon to be hunter. I am also an atheist. Whenever I kill a fish, I thank it. It's not so much a prayer as an acknoledgement of life. It is an important part of the experience. I too throw back a lot of fish. Too small, not worth killing. Too big, let them make babies. Most hunters and fishers I know are super-respectful of nature."
Jim: "I am not a Native American ... but I thank game after I've killed it. As a hunter, I feel it is our obligation to care for our environment. Take what you can use and leave it better than you found it."
But some said women should not hunt.
The Flamingo Kid: "There is nothing more unnatural than a woman - let alone a young woman - hunting down and killing animals. To be proud of the fact that you have no problem slaughtering innocent lives is nothing to be proud of. This is a sign of the times when even females go so against their natural tendencies as nurturers."
This reader said humans must evolve to a higher standard.
ZBro: "Eventually, Ralph Waldo Thoreau says, mankind will progress and stop killing animals just as cannibalism died out some time ago. Most people have not evolved to where they can see past themselves to learn to be compassionate for animals. Although we cannot live without accidentally killing (like stepping on insects or boiling water and killing tiny creatures), we should strive to minimize the suffering we cause. We can only be the change we want to see in others and choose to avoid actions such as killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, etc. I have many faults and I need to keep striving to be better than I was yesterday."
Is it killing for fun, or reverence for nature?
Liz the First: "How sad that anything should motivate young people to succumb to the sickness that is hunting. if you can afford to go to the supermarket and buy your food, you have no other reason to hunt than liking to kill, and that is a serious mental disorder. yes, it's good to be capable and prepared for any emergency, and if you found yourself needing to kill to survive, that would be acceptable. but just going out to have fun killing is sick!"
Libby: "What is wrong with hunting for food? As long as you treat the animal humanely and kill quickly and cleanly and don't hunt for sport, how is it any different from buying factory killed animals already dressed? If you hunt and dress it yourself, you're avoiding antibiotics, hormones and the filth that is in the factory. You are also avoiding genetically modified fed animals. Game animals are free range and organic, which is healthier and leaner."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.