Those who love animals... and those who love eating them
Hunting should be illegal for many reasons.
First and foremost, we are no better than any other creature on this Earth, although there is a general
tendency to believe that we are. We’re considered the dominate species because of our intellect and technological advances, and while that’s great, it’s still important to consider the well being of the other animals we share this planet with.
It’s wrong to consider hunting a sport, when to the animals it’s not a sport, but instead their life, gone in an instant just for the thrill of the game.
The animals that are commonly hunted – deer,squirrels, rabbits, birds, etc. – aren’t viewed the same way that we few our favorite household pets. It’s such a paradox, that someone can go out and kill a couple deer for fun, then come home and lovingly play with their dog. Both the deer and the dog are happy, living beings with a whole lot of life in them, so it isn’t acceptable to steal that from one, while nurturing and caring so much for the other.
Aside from these moral dilemmas, there are also humane concerns brought about by hunters who are unskilled or irresponsible.
If not shot properly, the animal may not die immediately. They could be put through the pain and suffering of enduring several shots before finally dying. Or, if they aren’t killed, often times they are injured beyond help and are left to die a slow, agonizing death.
A biologist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks estimated that over three million ducks are wounded but not killed by hunters each year. That’s a fate I wouldn’t wish on anyone or any creature, and it’s a heartbreaking reality.
This is why hunting should be stopped, or at the very least, have much stricter regulations enforced.
Hunting is a tradition. It is at the very core of society. Before there were cities and farms, there was hunting. Human beings got their start as hunters and gathers, and there is a reason why these practices still persist.
While large-scale agriculture practices and the domestication of farm animals have made hunting an unnecessary practice, that does not mean it is without purpose. Hunting is a helpful tool for regulating wild animal populations.
In Ohio, the deer population runs rampant, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, stated in their article “Managing Ohio’s Deer Herd”. Their food source isn’t large enough to support their growing numbers causing many deer to die of starvation during the winter months. This deregulation of deer populations can have a harmful impact on the ecosystem as it disrupts the balance of the food chain. Hunting offers the regulation needed to keep the system in check.
It works because in Ohio it is illegal to shoot fawns, while big bucks are considered the trophy. So, by hunting the bucks and leaving the fawns, the fawns can survive through winter. This is good for the ecosystem because it is the fawns, not the bucks,that further the growth of the deer population in the spring.
This system is symbiotic: not only beneficial for the wild deer population but for humans as well. Deer meat is a cheap alternative to purchasing GMO and steroid- filled meat from the grocery store, according to an article published by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (the Paleo Mom) on thepaleomom.com . One deer can feed a family for several months.
While hunting can be viewed as inhumane, it is much more humane than the practices used with animals in the meat industry. Killing an animal living in the wild is in no way worse than supporting the procreation of other animals so that they can be fattened up in captivity and then slaughtered.