A woman from Ohio, USA, takes her 2-year-old daughter on hunting trips in an effort to normalize killings.
Her actions have caused outrage on social media.
Beka Garris from Ohio, USA, is a stay-at-home mother who grew up spending much of her time outdoors.
She said she was brought on hunting trips when she was 10 and in order to keep the tradition, Beka said she wanted to waste no time in getting her younger daughter Isabella accustomed to the nature of the killing.
Talking about her hobby, 31-year-old Beka said:
My dad is an avid hunter and so he started taking me along when I was ten. Hunting and fishing became a huge part of my childhood. Now we go at least several times a week during open season spending a few hours in the woods. Hunts with my daughter can be shorter than if I went alone as I want to make sure she’s enjoying herself and stays comfortable in the weather.
Hunting is a controversial sport, but not all agree with that.
Images that she shared on social media show the youngster alongside some of the kills that they made.
However, Beka says that every parent should be able to raise their children on how they think they want to.
When asked about the comments that are made on her posts or on social media, Beka said she ignores all of them.
Not only that, but she also said that her decision is strengthened by the fact that her daughter loves to accompany her.
We love spending time in the outdoors learning about nature. Exposing a child to the outdoors and hunting at a young age will only help them create a stronger bond with nature. They will be raised thinking these activities are normal – as it should be. I refuse to apologise for teaching my child that food comes from the woods, water, and the garden.
As well as getting outdoors, the mother says she enjoys hunting because it allows her to know where her food is coming from.
Wild game is something you rarely find in a grocery store and it’s both delicious and better for you. Conservation plays a big role in why I hunt too. We field dress, skin, and cut up our animals. I’ll save the skull and some bones to bleach and create artwork. Feathers and hide are then kept to create a wall hanging or clothing. Meat is cleaned, cut up, and then frozen for future meals.
The mother says that her love for hunting is something that not everyone understands.
Beka wants her story to inspire other people to include their children more in the outdoors.