i laughed when i saw the picture, and then i read all these posts saying poor animal. i'm a bit shocked at the inital reaction really. The first thing that came to mind is exactly what northernmama and Dumas have implicated. a moose is obviously a huge animal, and he's not going to take anything mean-spirited from a human (unless the human has a gun, in which case the moose doesnt have much of a chance). but in this case, the use of the moose seems alright and not inhumane.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill