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Hunting: It’s As Out of Style As a Fur Coat

Hunting: It’s As Out of Style As a Fur Coat

Hunting might have been a necessity in prehistoric times, but those days are long gone. As more people learn about the dangers of hunting to not just animals, but also to our environment, fewer people take up the practice.

We Don’t Need Hunting to Manage Our Ecosystems

Regardless of what anyone claims, nature doesn’t need to be managed or regulated by anyone. Without human interference, Mother Nature and the animal kingdom would flourish, according to the ideals of nature, not of us. Despite this, unsupportable claims are thrown around left, right and center in a bid to justify these cruel and unnecessary practices. The most obvious being that hunters help maintain an ecosystem.

The main problem with this argument is that hunters do not cull the weaker animals from the herd, rather they strive to kill the animal they would like to hang over their fireplace. Therefore, they are not replicating what nature does. Hunters usually go after the largest, most robust animals and in turn remove a healthy, breeding animal that is needed to keep the gene pool strong. By going after superior specimens, hunters actually drive natural selection in reverse.

Another rationale that hunting advocates use to support their hobby is that hunting is a necessary means of population and disease control, and they are doing everybody, the animal included, a big favor. This claim couldn’t be further from the truth. Hunters cannot manage nature better than she can manage herself. Hunters do not seek out the animals most likely to die from starvation; conversely they do quite the opposite. Pro hunting groups would like us to believe that hunting helps to maintain healthy animal populations and that lower population levels prevents disease transmission. But hunters don’t target sick animals. Furthermore, the natural order ensures that when there are not enough predators to control the prey nature adjusts, purposely producing diseases that will leave ‘enough’ of any given species.

Combine that with the facts that animals follow certain inborn rules that cause them to become too plentiful – yes, the universal balance actually allows for creatures to reproduce to the point of overpopulation — and that Mother Nature corrects these problems as she sees fit, and the need for hunting as conservation control is diminished.

Natural carnivores are the real ecosystem managers. Regardless of the claims that hunting manages and benefits our ecosystems, it is natural predators such as wolves, bears and mountain lions, that are really to thank for keeping our ecosystems in check. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park saw a boost in biodiversity, causing incredible ripple effects throughout the ecosystem allowing natural habitat and stream recovery along with flourishing of beaver, bird and plant species.

Compassion for the Natural World is the New Order

No amount of hunting propaganda can wash over the fact that the popularity of hunting is on the decline. Today’s modern families do not embrace hunting as a pleasurable pastime. Despite claims that hunting is a heritage activity that plays a vital role in economic, cultural and ecological wealth, interest in hunting has almost halved in the past 20 years. Young people have so much to choose from when it comes to entertainment these days that killing animals doesn’t have much appeal. Appreciation and intrigue for the natural world in the form of wildlife watching is in and hunting is out.

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7:19AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Jose G.
Regarding your hypothetical situation about African children:
Isn't it hugely irresponsible of parents to create there children knowing they cannot provide for them? Considering they are going to suffer & die anyway, what is wrong with providing a humane death BEFORE the suffering occurs?

6:06AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Ken H
I wasn't trying to pick a fight with my statement. I was simply saying exactly how I feel. I have absolutely no respect for hunters whatsoever. I assume that you are a hunter because you are offended by those of us who hate them. Perhaps you could explain why you feel you have the right to take the life of an innocent animal. What makes you think that you are so superior to another living being that you have the right to end that life? FYI, I am a vegetarian. I do not buy animal products. I do not wear leather or fur. I try to do as little damage as possible to the environment. I do enjoy some creature comforts, but I do my best to make sure no living being was harmed in the process. All in all, hunting is nothing but animal abuse and I do love hunting accidents. Hunters have no respect for innocent living beings, so why the hell should I have any respect for them. I stand by every word I said in my last comment. Maybe you should stop being so offended and try thinking about why you feel that the murder of another living being is ok.

5:11AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

To Haleigh O: Your beautiful words are trying to justify a crime, a horrific crime that must be stopped. Listen to this. "the overpopulation of children in Africa who die shortly after the are born has motivated John Doe to start this wonderful act of love....he is killing all these babies before are born, along side with the mothers...they don't feel anything , and it is done in such a humane way, that the dead bodies are then cooked and provide food for other starving children...what a beautiful thing to do.... That is how horrible, senseless and morbid you sound justifying your criminal father. KILLING IS A CRIME. And tell your father that he will someday have to answer for all of them. HYPOCRATES,

5:22AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

5:14PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

My dad is a hunter and has more respect to nature and animals compared to any other person I've ever known. And hunting is hard, too. What, do you think we get to pick from 5 different animals a day, lined up from weakest to strongest? No, a hunter is lucky to see one or two target animals throughout an entire day of sitting still in the woods, and at the end of anything they're glad to get something that is legal and will put food on the table. In the grand scheme, no, hunting is not necessary. But neither is factory farming, and if I had to choose between a nation of hunters and a nation that supports the gruesome cruelty of factory farming, I would choose hunters without a second thought.
Hunters care about the land and the balance of the flora and fauna in it. They need to be concerned about conservation of wild areas so that the potential prey may flourish. My dad donates annually to multiple conservation groups, and he cares greatly about educating people about nature. Since I was a small child I've been taken multiple times a year to very educational and worthwhile conservation and hunting meetings. Without my dad being a hunter and so actively concerned about the state of nature, I'm not sure that I'd be concerned about half of the topics that matter to be deeply today.
And when you think of it all -- who did more damage, the hunting Native American or the white farmer of progress? Don't spread false information to people on a topic you clearly know nothing about.

11:51AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

@ Robert F..........ok, i challenge your statement Robert,guess i got to ask you,where do you draw the line? This is the same reasons why we have wars,people stop thinking in a productive manner....i've seen here before people congrating others for saying stuff like you just did....but what the hell is so great about saying shooting other people would be good,to make a point or to blowoff steam? This article is garbage,if anything this article could of opened up a door to greater understanding of how we hunt and how we should make some better changes,but the door was slammed shut by close minded folks who believe just about everything they read.

9:17PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Tim L.......it would seem you have issues of your own to deal with,although i'm sure you ended your piece that way to pick a fight.There are many reasons people hunt,some are good,some are bad.Industry gets some people to put abit much pride into the hunt and has the glamor of the hunt presented as a manly sport......as just bout everything in life this is taken too far,like mounting a head on a wall or perhaps posing with the dead animal to show your vistory.......but you damn everyone who hunts,fair enough its your views and your choice but its kinda shortsighted.I think you should go look in the mirror and reflect on every creature comfort you rely on and ask yourself how those comforts are directly and indirectly accounted to the deaths and destruction of the environment and all that is depended upon her....do that and you might get a grasp of the horror of mankind on this planet...and both YOU and I are part of the problem.

6:22PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Hunting.... So stupid! This is not a sport! It is licensed animal abuse!!!

3:09AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Hunting is sick. There is no reason at all, we do not need it for food anymore.

It is just a barbaric passtime of a few sick Americans.

10:07AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Danny H.
I call 'em like I see 'em. Anyone who wants to advertize to the world (usually in the form of a bumper sticker) that they love killing is a moron, or a callous whack-job, or a psycho...pick which ever term you like best. I think anyone with half a brain would agree that there is something drastically wrong with anyone who enjoys killing anything. Also, I do know some hunters and they know exactly what I think of them. Also, I've seen countless pictures of idiots posing with their latest innocent victim with a great big stupid smile plastered on their ignorant faces, so very proud of themselves for having committed murder. I have no problem with real sport: Baseball, Football,Basketball, Boxing, Wrestling, etc... But hunting is not a sport the same as Bull Torturing is not a sport. Hunting is nothing but legalized animal abuse.
As far as I'm concerned, anyone who abuses any living being is a worthless piece of S#!T. I use the word moron in order to clean it up a bit. Anyone dumb enough to think that there is anything manly, or womanly, about abusing animals is a delusional psychopath.
Having said that, I have to admit that I do love hunting accidents.

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