Chris Pratt saying that he has no problem letting meat go to waste after hunting, because he just likes to kill animals is a false quote being shared in a meme on social media. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park actor did indeed state that he enjoyed hunting during a 2012 interview with Outdoor Life.
While a quote being used in a meme to make it appear that Pratt said he took joy in killing, the meme’s quote used unrelated references from various interviews to create the fictional statement. On Aug. 7, 2017, the Facebook page “Stop The Cull” posted the picture of Pratt with a quote purportedly from him extolling the joys of hunting. You can read it below and see an example Tweet further below.
Hunting is in my blood. My dad and uncles hunted. I didn’t hunt much as a teenager though I longed to. The thing inside me that drives me to go out and hunt is very animal. But the remorse, emotion and respect I feel, and the closeness to God that I feel when I’m out there, is my humanity. “My wife’s] like, ‘You’re not gonna eat it.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right. I just like to kill ’em. I’m sorry, but any time I kill something, I like to say a quick prayer — just cause we didn’t waste this guy.
— MBTom (@MBTom_co_uk) August 7, 2017
However, this is not a real quote, according to Snopes. The above quote used several various interviews given by Pratt over the years. The quote then rehashed and served them up in the meme. For example, the first three sentences come from a real interview Pratt gave to camping and hunting enthusiast publication OutdoorLife.com in 2012. Here is the full quote below.
Hunting is in my blood. My dad and uncles hunted. I didn’t hunt much as a teenager though I longed to. Since I played football and every weekend in the fall consisted of games or practice I was forced to listen to my friend’s hunting stories seething with jealousy. I became passionate about big game hunting when I moved to Utah to shoot the television series Everwood in 2003. I lived there for four years, had the time and money to really get into it and became absolutely obsessed.
The portion of the quote about “remorse” and “God” comes from a 2015 interview with the Guardian. Here is the full quote with the portion included in the meme being highlighted.
“I have a great deal of respect for the animals that I kill,” he says, “and I feel remorse and all of the emotions that come with it.” As a non-hunter, I ask him to explain how choosing to kill something and then feeling remorse about it fits together. He leans in, happy to explain. “The thing inside me that drives me to go out and hunt is very animal. But the remorse, emotion and respect I feel, and the closeness to God that I feel when I’m out there, is my humanity. It’s an opportunity for me to explore what parts of me are animal and what parts of me are human.”
The portion which states that Pratt enjoys hunting because he “just likes to kill” animals was taken from a 2014 GQ article. That quote was about hunting predators that target farm animals and family pets.
I do a lot of predator hunting, farm varmints, out in Wyoming. Oh, my God. Get a farmer that’s just got too many and he’s like, ’Fuckin’ kill as many as you want.’ I used to go on VarmintFinders.com”—NOTE: Link was sadly expired when I tried it—”and the farmers would sign up, and the hunters would sign up, and the farmers will give you exclusive access to their land. So we’d go out there, and the marshal would come out and go, ’Hey, what are you guys doing out here?’ And I’d be like, ’Hey, fuckin’ Jethro Willoughby or whoever said we could.’ ”
Does your wife like you hunting down Wile E.?
“She”—in case this is news to you, “she” is Anna Faris, the mega-talented comic actress—”doesn’t like me coyote hunting. She’s like, ’You’re not gonna eat it.’ I’m like, ’Yeah, I guess you’re right. I just like to kill ’em.’ Coyotes are assholes, and they’ll eat your dog.”
The final line of this meme — “I’m sorry, but anytime I kill something, before I eat it, I like to say a quick prayer—just ’cause we did waste this guy” — also comes from the 2014 GQ interview:
The dove rolls are now off the flames. Pratt, Faris, and I join hands at the table and bow our heads. “I’m sorry, but anytime I kill something, before I eat it, I like to say a quick prayer—just ’cause we did waste this guy. Lord, thank you for these wonderful doves. Thank you for this wonderful food and for this company and for our home and our life. We’re very grateful to be here and pray for the safety of our men and women overseas and for our families and for [Faris’s cousin] and their baby that’s coming right now, as we speak. Lord, let her be healthy and let them be happy. Amen.”
However, Pratt’s background in hunting has sparked negative reactions from those on social media.
Finding out Chris Pratt supports hunting breaks my heart
— X (@xantheshore) August 7, 2017
Just learnt Chris Pratt loves hunting and killing animals "for fun" and now I genuinely hope Anna dumped his ass.
— Sabrina L (@Whatsername_94) August 7, 2017
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are breaking up!? nooo who will give us hunting innocent and precious animals together goals now??????
— bonnie (@bonhines) August 7, 2017
Amen. Just he like Chris Pratt feels 0 emotion with his caveman diet and hunting. https://t.co/ODRsjRizaV
— ardly Raz (@regretfully_Raz) August 7, 2017
Here you can find a full video of Pratt’s thoughts on hunting can be heard below.
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