“And surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat, to save your lives; and the blood of every beast will I require at your hands” (Genesis 9:11, JST).
“I never could see why a man should be imbued with a blood-thirsty desire to kill and destroy animal life. I have known men—and they still exist among us—who enjoy what is, to them, the ‘sport’ of hunting birds and slaying them by the hundreds, and who will come in after a day’s sport boasting of how many harmless birds they have had the skill to slaughter … I do not believe any man should kill animals or birds unless he needs them for food, and then he should not kill innocent little birds that are not intended for food for man. I think it is wicked for men to thirst in their souls to kill almost everything which possesses animal life. It is wrong” (President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, Vol. 1, pp. 371-372).
“Now, I would like to add some of my feelings concerning the unnecessary shedding of blood and destruction of life… And not less with reference to the killing of innocent birds is the wildlife of our country that live upon the vermin that are indeed enemies to the farmer and to mankind. It is not only wicked to destroy them, it is a shame, in my opinion. I think that this principle should extend not only to the bird life but to the life of all animals… because God gave it to them, and they were to be used only, as I understand, for food and to supply the needs of men” (President Spencer W. Kimball. Fundamental Principles to Ponder and Live. The Ensign, November 1978, p. 45).
“Killing for sport is wrong… One day, to while away the slowly passing hours, I took my gun with the intention of indulging in a little amusement in hunting turkeys… From boyhood I had been particularly, and I may say strangely, attached to a gun. Hunting in the forests of Ohio was a pastime that to me possessed the most fascinating attractions. It never occurred to my mind that it was wrong-that indulging in ‘what was sport to me was death to them;’ that in shooting turkeys, squirrels, etc., I was taking life that I could not give; therefore I indulged in the murderous sport without the least compunction of conscience” (Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p.188-189).