Trophy Hunting, Animal Rights and Evolutionary Thinking

Modified from Noah's Prayer of Thanks After Leaving the Ark, by Dominico Morelli
Today's article has an unusual genesis. Someone on Facebook posted comments about "hardcore huntress" Melissa Bachman's trophy hunting activities. This person is against trophy hunting, and referred to it as "murder". I am not a hunter, and detest killing animals for sport. But the person who was posting the comments insists that sport hunting is murder.

Is it immoral? That can be debated, because God gave man dominion over the earth (Genesis 1.28), but we also are given responsible stewardship. I am not going to enter into an argument about whether or not sport hunting violates stewardship principles, but the Bible makes it clear that eating animals for food is acceptable — you cannot use the Bible to insist that everyone has a vegetarian diet. So, if you kill it and grill it, good for you.

But to say that killing animals is murder? This is a result of not only "thinking" with emotions (and personal preferences), but the influence of evolutionary thinking. After all, we have people wanting human rights for chimps and for vegetables. Darwin's failed "tree of life" has every living thing evolving from a common ancestor, and evolution is crammed down our throats everywhere we turn. So it should not be surprising that people elevate the status of animals to that of humans. What I found sick and detestable is that some of these animal lovers wanted Melissa Bachman killed! Of what value do they give human life?
Courtesy of Answers In Genesis
Aside from fundamentally flawed evolutionary science philosophies, what is wrong with giving animals status according to God's Word? Some more of the passage cited in the picture above makes this plain:
But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.  (Genesis 9.4-6, ESV)
You don't like trophy hunting? Maybe you don't like any kind of hunting. Fine. Obviously, you have a right to express your preference. But you cannot call it murder, because that is a term for the unlawful killing of humans (Exodus 20.13). And we are made in God's image, not them.

— Cowboy Bob Sorensen