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Pros & Cons of Hunting

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Hunting, the practice of stalking and killing animals in the wild, is a controversial subject.

Relationship between prey and predatorThe relationship between the moose population and the number of wolves in the wild. With regulated hunting, the number of moose can be controlled artificially and thus, can indirectly control the number of wolves as well. In the case above, human hunters act as wolves by reducing the number of food available to the wolves in the wild and thus controlling their population.

Pros of hunting

Properly regulated hunting can help to manage the populations of many game animals, improving the ecological balance in wooded areas. In our modern world, the population of many natural predators has been reduced, either by being hunted themselves or being driven to more remote areas. The result is large populations of game animals stranded without the natural means of population control.

Age old traditions of hunting

Hunting is also a valid way to increase the food supply for families. While many hunters are economically able to provide for their families without resorting to shooting game, there are cases where hunting provides a significant portion of the families food supply.

Its how we got our meat before Walmart came

Hunting is viewed by many as an important skill left over from our ancestors. It is only in the past 100 years that society has grown to depend almost entirely on the food industry for sustenance. As recently as the 1920’s, the bulk of North America and Europe survived on the meat of animals that they raised and butchered, or hunted in the nearby woods. Recent natural disasters have shown how easily our food supply chain can be interrupted.

Hunting is good for businessLegalized hunting promotes both ends of the hunting industry, first the hunting equipment and supplies. Secondly, the logistic, license fee, rental, transportation and lodging industry. Having a regulated and managed hunting industry is the best solution. Unregulated and illegal hunting does more harm than good and the prey animal may be hunted to extinction.

Hunters are not anti-environment

On the contrary, they are leading supporters of wildlife and habitat management, both through their license fees and individual support of environmental efforts.

Cons of hunting

Many modern people consider hunting to be a brutal and unnecessary activity. The need to hunt, they believe, has passed and should follow other social anachronisms into history. There is a growing desire to relate to nature without competing with it.

Its a dangerous sport

Hunting is, by its’ nature, a dangerous sport. Hundreds of individuals armed with long range weapons trudging through the woods is a perfect formula for a tragedy. Especially when the average hunter only shoots one of two days a year. According to International Hunter Education Association, it is estimated that about 1,000 people are accidentally shot while on a hunting trip.

Animals die a long and painful death

While it is considered a cardinal rule of hunting, never to leave an injured animal, many once a year hunters just don’t take the trouble to finish an unsuccessful kill. The result is that each year, hundreds of animals die a long and painful death.

Hunted to extinction

Overhunting can lead to dangerously low population levels, which can cause a species to disappear from a region. It can even lead to extinction, if left unchecked. While there are laws which severely limit the number of kills per hunter per season, they are very hard to enforce.

Trophy hunting

Trophy hunting is one area where many have a particular problem. Most of the positive aspects of hunting involve providing food for the family. But the trophy hunter is more out for credit than calories. They will often target animals which are not considered fit to eat, but look good on a wall or mantle.