The Hunting Controversy – Is Hunting Ethical?

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Hunting is the seeking and capture of animals with the intention to destroy them. It is the act of using traps or other forms of weapon to trap or kill animals. There are many weapons and techniques people use to carry out hunting.

Pro Hunting Claims

Hunting maintains animal populations and prevents overpopulation, which leads to sickness and disease and unnecessary suffering.

Hunting is the most popular form of wildlife management and conservation. Hunting licenses provide revenue for organizations.

Children who are properly educated in hunting and shooting learn lessons of self-control, responsibility, compassion and humility.

Hunting helps protect agriculture and the environment from predators and animal pests.

The biggest argument hunters use is by killing these animals they are doing an altruistic thing. So it’s morally preferable to kill them with a gun then allow them to die by nature. Nature is cruel – no two ways about it! All animals suffer in the wild. Even before climate change and human impact, animals suffer in the wild. We all know that nature is brutal and animals can have a very difficult life.

Negative impact of hunting

Inexperienced hunters make wild lands dangerous to non-hunters and hunters alike with accidental shootings and deaths.

Killing animals can damage the social structure of animal society. Hunters can use unethical means to hunt — baiting, hounding and predator-calling — to easily lure animals.

Studies show that bow hunting – One out of two animals shot with a bow will die painfully and slowly from the wounds. Hunting can increase disease by killing healthy animals and those with natural disease immunities.

Hunters use high-powered weaponry to hunt, which negates any opportunity of a fair fight. Animals are at times injured — not killed — during the hunt, so they suffer for an extended period. Hunters say that they cause no suffering to animals they kill – this is wrong – many times they cause great suffering.

Hunting disturbs migratory, familial and hibernation patterns and creates an abnormal stress that disturbs feeding patterns. This causes an inability to store energy or food properly in preparation for winter.

Hunters will kill the strongest animal they can find, the most impressive. That’s not what happens in the wild. The weakest oldest or most vulnerable gets taken out. Hunting the stronger animals has a knock on effect to the ecology and to the evolution of species.

Hunting disrupts ecological balance due to hunters killing the healthiest of a species, not the weakest, as natural predators do. letting nature ensure the healthiest animals survive and strengthen the rest of the herd.

Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, also over prolonged periods. The carcasses provide food for many carrion-eating animal species, and their nutrients also contribute to the increased growth of surrounding plants. This attracts many herbivorous insects and their predators.

Hunting licenses funding conservation – the amount of money given towards conservation efforts from hunting tags and licenses is highly debated. So there two sides to the argument and it would take alot of research to uncover the truth behind it.

Overpopulation Animal overpopulation threatens to change the entire make-up of an ecosystem. It occurs when an ecosystem is unable to support the existing wildlife because there are too many of a particular species. The results can be devastating as animals scrape for food and wander into unnatural habitats in search for food. If you enjoyed the video or found it informative please help my channel and subscribe for more animal education and news.

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Air hunting “Trout Lake – Wolves shot from aircraft” by R Orville Lyttle is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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