Before arriving at the island, what is Rainford's position on hunting in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Sanger Rainsford is one of the world's most renowned big game hunters in "The Most Dangerous Game." He is the author of at least one book, as Zaroff points out when they first meet.

"I've read your book about hunting snow leopards in Tibet, you see," explained the man.

Rainsford and his friend, Whitney, both agree that hunting is "The best sport in the world." But Whitney adds,

"For the hunter... Not for the jaguar."

Whitney, who is also an experienced hunter, shows some sympathy for the animal, claiming that the hunted beast must recognize its position in the game. 

"Even so, I rather think they understand one thing--fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death."

Rainsford disagrees. He claims that animals have no understanding, and that it does not matter how, or if, an animal feels fear or pain. Animals, being weaker than man, are only meant to be the "huntee," the prey for the hunter.