Why did general zaroff stop hunting animals?
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General Zaroff stopped hunting animals because he felt it no longer afforded him a challenge.
"Simply this: hunting had ceased to be what you call `a sporting proposition.' It had become too easy. I always got my quarry. Always. There is no greater bore than perfection."
The General wanted prey that could match him in intelligence.... prey that could think.
"I wanted the ideal animal to hunt," explained the general. "So I said, `What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?' And the answer was, of course, `It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason."'
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