Is hunting for sport an ethical pursuit?
In Western society, the need to hunt for food has long since been luxury, and not a necessity. So, is it right to take animal life for sport?
EDIT: OK, so I posted this a bit late and probably didn't elaborate enough. What I was trying to ask with this question is that, in the present day, we've come to rely on obtaining our food from supermarkets, pre-pakaged in handy, ready-to-eat portions. Many people would prefer to hunt for their food, despite the fact that plenty of food is readily available, provided from domesticated animals.
What I want to know is whether given the abundance of food available (specifically in the West), should we be hunting wild animals? Is there a moral difference between killing a domesticated animal and a wild one? What of trophy hunting, where animals are merely killed for the fun of it?
Further to all this, Is the way in which an animal killed significant? Is it any less valid to hunt a dear with an assault rifle than with a bow and arrow? Is it any less cruel to kill a cow "humanely" in a slaughterhouse than kill a bird with a shotgun?
I'm sure we have a lot of hunters in this community, and a lot of people who abhorr the idea. I'd be interested in discussing the arguments for and against hunting, and for that matter, the arguments for and against the domestication of animals for food. At the end of the day, eating flesh comes naturally to the vast majority of humans on this planet, so is there a "best" way to manage this food source?