Joe Rogan may be better known for his stand-up comedy, hosting NBC’s Fear Factor, or his time as a commentator for the UFC, but he is also a newly-recruited hunter. Rogan appeared on Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, in which he reiterated his support for the “Eat What You Kill” philosophy. Hunters are no strangers to relying on the meat they harvest from hunting season, but the adherents of this movement take it up a notch: they eat only meat that they kill for themselves. Supporters of the philosophy say that not only is game meat leaner and more nutritious, it is also free from the antibiotics and hormones found in the prepackaged meat that you will find in your local supermarket. Others cite spiritual or ethical reasons for harvesting their own food.
“There’s definitely a sense of loss, I mean, you’re not unaware of the fact that you took an animal’s life,” Rogan told Bryant Gumbel, describing the climax of a recent deer hunt with Steven Rinella. “This is a very intense and emotional moment.”
You can watch a clip of the interview below:
Rogan is hardly the first athlete or celebrity to join the movement, which is supported by many within the hunting industry. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in 2011 that for one year, he would only be eating meat from animals he killed personally. Unlike Rogan’s approach, however, Zuckerberg elected to choose a goat and pig from a slaughterhouse instead of hunting for his own. The young billionaire later admitted that he spent most of the year living on a vegetarian diet instead. Rogan, on the other hand, dived into the world of hunting with gusto. This June he harvested a black bear with the help of Cameron Hanes.
Rogan added his own comment to the photo, posting on Instagram that “Anyone that tells you bear meat isn’t delicious doesn’t know what the f**k they’re talking about.”
What are your thoughts on eating only meat that you harvest yourself? Would you give it a try?