He felt justified to kill birds for a museum where they would be preserved forever, as some feel justified to eat fish, chicken, or other meat that is digested in hours.
Which is more justified? And even if necessary, how do you justify? Those who are familiar with ancient folklore, or are up above the rest of us a moral notch or two, kill "respectfully" by offering prayers or apologies, in the hope that animals will "offer themselves" up to be voluntarily killed.
However, it is a sad fact that no animal cares if those who might eat them invent reasons to justify their acts (to make themselves feel good).
-Bernd Heinrich, biology professor
and author (b. 1940)