I hope to enlighten them - or to at least give them some points to consider. Most popular animals to hunt are deer, hear, rabbit and duck. These hunters were the worst sort. I also place this in the BAD category. It had to be killed - it didn't die of natural causes. What most non-hunters don't understand is that it's the hunters who care for the populations! While “Wildlife Services” claim they recommend various non-lethal means of protecting farmers and others from multimillion dollars losses from “wildlife”, they kill many species in huge numbers by various means. Bible verses about killing animals. And information on the numbers killed comes from “Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore”, copyright 2005, by the Animal Protection Institute and published by Born Free and the Animal Protection Institute, available at http://www.projectcoyote.com/Coyotes_in_Our_Midst.pdf. Btw we used EVERYTHING we could from that deer, including little scraps of meat that seemed insignificant but added up and tasted wonderful in the crockpot. A bird or other small prey animal is taken back to the litter. Thank you. On a hunting trip to Mongolia earlier this summer the US president’s son Donald Trump Jr killed a rare species of endangered sheep. This article is really meant for meat eaters only. Trophy hunting is, in fact, abhorred by the majority of the public. But I think if you ARE going to eat meat, hunting is much kinder than pen-raised animals and slaughterhouses. Just like any other group, there are good members and not-so-good members of the hunting community. i needed to know why u think this is good! No torture at the slaughterhouse. Whales and some African animals have become endangered due to hunting issues. Recently I have made the switch to a primarily vegetarian diet. When it was time for them to be turned into meat, they were probably forced onto a crowded truck or trailer and hauled miles to a slaughterhouse. Killing an animal makes you appreciate the animal and give thanks for its sacirifice. These agencies talk about the ever “bourgeoning deer herds”. All of this “protection” is protection from “wildlife”. And hungry+broke= what "season"? Trophy Hunting is the Killing of an Animal for Sport or Pleasure. Voted up useful and awesome. Oh quick FYI to those still against hunting because we caused this issue by killing off natural predators: I live in the country and deal with wolves, coyotes, rattlers, etc being released by me because people in the city think these animals should inhabit the area again as they used to. He's then gutted, skinned, and turned into meat. Between 1937 and 1983, 26,000 bears, 500,000 bobcats, 50,000 red wolves, 1,600 grey wolves, and 8,000 mountain lions were killed. Some species have been driven to extinction because of hunting. Trail hunting uses an animal-based scent for the hunt to follow and is the form many hunts have switched to following the 2005 ban. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. I wish I was not a meat eater. Now be honest - which seems kinder to you? Valley Forge National Historical Park is an excellent example of this war on “wildlife”. My main problem with hunting is just that one any population problems were originally caused by a person bringing an animal to a place where it isn't natural for it to be or over killing the animal that eats it. dusy7969 from San Diego, California on April 11, 2011: Hunting is not a good job.Every live thing feel pain.So hunting I think not a good job.But thanks a lot for this hub.We should stop this work and save the animal because it is creature of god. Good husbanding demands a population that can be sustained with the resources at hand. We are told, for example, that it is necessary to kill deer because there are too many, but if that were true, why do the states encourage the propagation of deer by “habitat improvement”? Food is plentiful because the local hunters plant food plots for the deer. We were on the interstate, and we passed a truck with a just-killed deer in the back. Hunting animals, even in the past, causes pain for the animals. In 2003, in a single year, 75,724 coyotes were killed. They would have us believe that “thinning the herd” is for the good of the deer. Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 02, 2010: habee - not to mention the cruelty of starvation when overpopulation occurs; and it most surely would east of the Mississippi River with out hunters, due to the lack of natural predators. If they kill a big buck, they'll cut off the head so that it can be mounted, and they leave the rest of the meat to rot in the woods. I just hate the idea of slaughterhouses and the associated cruelty. Similarly, the majority of car accidents occur during hunting season because the deer run from hunters. Coyotes are predators, but also scavengers, so it is not at all clear that they are responsible for the many newborn calf and lamb deaths they are accused of. Today we just have to much of everything, every where and I have never gone hunting again. I've also seen common weeds grow straight and curve around the electric fence, and it makes me think there's so much more to plants than people realize. I DON'T THINK KILLING ANIMALS IS RIGHT THERE JUST LIKE US REALLY. I've never really been exposed to hunting which could be why I've never been a fan of it, but I do agree with your point of view. Not only do we have “Wildlife Services”, a part of the U.S.D.A. The University of Michigan predicts over hunting will be the cause of extinction in about 25 percent of all animal extinctions during the 21st century. Without an infinite amount of food and space, deer numbers cannot infinitely increase. They probably never got to be a cow, or a chicken, or a pig. It's terribly wrong. In the beginning, God gave man dominion over the fish, the birds, and the beasts of the earth ( Genesis 1:28 ). Well news flash, they're gone because they were a threat and we won. Another BAD example of hunting. Jesus' disciples were fishermen, and He helped them catch fish on occasion ( Luke 5:1-9 ). They had no respect for our land, our fences, or for the animals they hunted. Before spring fawning, there were said to be 574 deer remaining. Now we've got full permission to wipe them out again (people always snap to when coyotes start stalking their children-- in the 'city' part of the country, very populated places). You sure described the slaughterhouse with great detail it kept me riveted. two is that to have no problem with killing something to eat when you are usually getting too much food as it is is slightly disturbing. It is falsely but repeatedly claimed that the deer “overpopulate”. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for meat, recreation, to remove predators that can be dangerous to humans or domestic animals, to remove pests that destroy crops or kill livestock, or for trade. We humans are omnivorous animals on a shared planet that sustains us all. Good post, it would be nice if more people shared the same sentiment. Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence. You put it well together, habee, thank you. From dinosaurs to deers, in this game you get to go out to the wild and hunt all sorts of animals with a powerful hunting rifle. My main problem with hunting is just that one any population problems were originally caused by a person bringing an animal to a place where it isn't natural for it to be or over killing the animal that eats it. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010: nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 02, 2010: That's true, HH! The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. Killing animals simply for the sake of killing is often referred to as “slob hunting.” And this is what Ontario’s government has agreed to, after being lobbied by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). Deer, squirrel, and rabbit have fed my family when we would have went hungry otherwise. Do you ever stop to think that the food you consume was once a living, breathing animal? Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania. 2. Why lions are born to be killed in South Africa . Not this whole greedy scheme we have going on now where livestock is raised in a dirty prison and meets a cruel death so they can send them out of the factory like it's an assembly line. They were likely kept their entire lives in small pens so that they wouldn't burn calories walking around. I've never once heard a deer make a noise after being shot with a gun or an arrow. Some shoot the animals in the head with a bolt gun. The PACT Act allows for "hunting, trapping, fishing, a sporting activity not otherwise prohibited by Federal law, predator control, or pest control" and "the slaughter of animals for food." Facts reveal problems with almost all of these claims: even if there were no deer, Lyme disease would not disappear since mammals, birds and even reptiles can carry infected ticks that cause Lyme disease. At approximately 7 weeks of age, the mother will take back a prey animal and eat it in front of the litter. I can honestly say that all the hunters I know personally are sportsmen. But hunting may be a good thing for the environment: One wonders how deer have managed to exist for millions of years without the help of humans. Hunting isn't always good. ), blood sports, or roadkill (by accident). I think a lot of that negativity comes from hunting animals purely for the sport of it, or poaching. Very interesting point of view. The animal rights position on hunting seems to be very clear. She got all upset, saying they killed Bambi. At the time, deer hunting with dogs was legal in our county, which we strongly disapproved of. Nevertheless, according to statistics gathered by the Animal Protection Institute and published by Born Free and the Animal Protection Institute, nearly six million of these doglike creatures were killed by the U.S. Federal Government from 1916-1999, and almost two million since 1976. Dahles, H. (1993) “Game killing and killing games: An anthropologist looking at hunting in a modern society”, Society and Animals, 1, pp. So the cow spends its days wandering pastures doing what cows do, and the deer wanders the forest doing what deer do. Hi, Maita. Deer are said to threaten the very existence of our forests. There's no better way to support that industry than buying cheap meat at your local grocery store, or getting that triple patty burger at a fast food joint. This exposure to prey animals is repeated, but they will also demonstrate hunting techniques on the animal. Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 02, 2010: It is one of those subjects you debate for ever. Honestly though because its a waste of time. I am a hypocrite and your hub has made me rethink the way I eat. (1994) Going wild: Hunting, animal rights, and the contested meaning of nature , … Here is the full story and SHARK's video documentaries. I always enjoy your comments! but u just said the bad in the good part! Some hunters of racoons and oppossums hunt just for the killing. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 03, 2010: You make good points. So, we need to ask – why has the OFAH been so determined to have a new hunting season opened for another species of wildlife? It felt like a battlefield and I was wondering if someone was looking through their scope and seeing me. Insurance companies corroborate these statistics. Hunting is the practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wild animals. I have friends who find deer hunting barbaric, yet they have no problem downing a steak. Predation, in animal behavior, the pursuit, capture, and killing of animals for food. Local papers announced that by the spring of 2011, sharp shooters had killed 600 deer. Maybe it met an untimely fate, but it's still miles ahead of what goes in those factory farms. I remember one Thanksgiving, I was traveling with one of these friends. Indeed, they tell us that since we have killed all the predators, we must take their place ignoring the fact that predators kill the very young, the sick and the old while hunters seek the healthiest and largest animals with the biggest racks (antlers). Posted Feb 07, 2013 However, sports involve competition between two consenting parties and the mediation of a referee. Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on October 13, 2011: First let me say that I voted this Hub Up and Interesting, and agree with every single thing you placed in the "Bad" category. The organs and unedibles made my dog very happy and the rest fed the coyotes roaming around. The shorter days of summer give way gradually to autumn and the massive slaughter of “wildlife”. Great Hub! I've had to run coon hunters off my place several times, and had my life and the lives of my critters threatened by good ol' boys who seem to think they own the whole county. The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. They use dogs to track the prey, and they often allow the dogs to tear the animals apart once treed. Hunting for the sake of doing so shows an overall lack of respect for nature. Hunters, and indeed “Wildlife Services”, assert that hunting provides a valuable and necessary service in reducing populations of certain animals. They also use traps, snares, fumigants, such as carbon monoxide, to kill young animals in dens (denning), and various poisons, as well as special killing devices such as the M-44 ejector which shoots sodium cyanide into the mouth of any animal who tries to eat the attached bait. It gives the hunter the advantage of actually engaging with the prey, and develops a sense of connection and appreciation for nature. Sheep and cattle, particularly lambs and calves are protected from predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, bears, wolves, foxes, bobcats and eagles. They spend money feeding and managing the very animals they target. Some researchers believe that these numbers are low since many states do not keep accurate figures of the animals killed. State agencies talk about “harvesting” deer, not about slaughtering or killing them. Issue 2592: * If an animal whose meat is halal to eat, is slaughtered in the manner which will be described later, irrespective of whether it is domesticated or not, its meat becomes halal and its body becomes Clean (tahir/pak) after it has died. I can never enjoy a steak again after this but that is not a bad thing. lol. Hunting is not always good. Why on earth do I want to take down a little fawn when the doe will feed me longer? Kendall H. from Northern CA on January 02, 2010: Thank you very much for this hub! So many times, the hunted deer does not simply "drop dead from a carefully aimed high-powered rifle" - I know this because I've had to track mortally wounded deer that inept hunters have shot. Predatory animals may be solitary hunters, like the leopard, or they may be group hunters, like wolves. The Park was originally established to commemorate Washington’s encampment in the winter of 1777-1778 during the revolutionary war. Hunters continue to kill endangered animals or those on the brink of endangerment, sometimes because they are unable to properly identify exactly which species of animal they are killing. Hunting for sport is just as bad as killing another human for no reason in my eyes on the other hand. Many non-human species also hunt - see predation. It seems so many people forget that it takes life to sustain life, and it's been *so called* proven that a tree feels pain. Ethel, I agree about killing animals just for sport. Ofcourse humans are more important than animals but a humans desire for meat is that more important than the animals life? "So far as we know beasts are incapable either of sin or of virtue; therefore they can neither deserve pain nor be improved by it. I am bit of an on off meat eater. 14th September 2011. After years of service in the military, I went hunting and could not believe the number of people hunting. I have, and they're gut-wrenching. Wild Animal Hunting is a free online hunting simulator, perfect for those who want to try their skills without hurting real animals. At least I think that's what she said. I abhor fox hunting and killing animals for sport. I just much rather prefer to consume less meat as it's better for the environment (less farmland to feed livestock) and if I'm going to consume an animal I prefer that it is killed as humanely as possible and has lived as it should. It's also for hunters. They hunt in season, and they eat what they kill. Thanks for your kind words. The means used by the agency include shooting and aerial gunning, and the encouragement of hunting including hunting with dogs as a means of reducing populations. I would not be able to kill the animal that I eat but that does not stop me doing it. With its beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, it draws in all kinds of travellers. And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 03, 2010: Thanks, Tammy Lockerman! If you eat meat, you probably purchase it from a grocery store, in neat little packages. But it is in fact much more difficult and strenous, involving long hours of skill honing, tracking,and waiting-often without success. I did this because of the horrifying conditions in those factory farms and the cruel methods of slaughter. There, most went without food or water until it was their time to die. South Africa is an extremely popular tourist destination. Are there any alternatives to recreational hunting that do not involve killing animals? Most people who argue in favor of hunting are not arguing in favor of trophy hunting, the practice of killing an animal simply to show off its head and pelt. 169-189 [accessed on 27 April 2020]. In Africa trophy hunters still shoot lions, giraffes and zebras. This article was chiefly written for people who eat meat but think that hunting is cruel. Killing your house pets would be a problem and that is animal cruelty, but there is nothing wrong with hunting for food.Animals were even used for clothing in Scripture. When their "number was up," they were prodded along with sticks, whips, and electric prods. I don't have a problem with someone hunting to feed their family, but I don't want them doing it on my place. In most cases, the animals had little quality of life. “Wildlife Services” quote the G.A.O. "As for trophy hunting, I think it is probably the kind of animal killing that most resembles murder - murder in the first degree. Whether we eat meat or not doesn't matter, but we should definitely be at the stage in our evolution where we start to respect and protect other life forms and work towards appreciating and making the planet a more sustainable place. (General Accounting Office) report stating that “lethal management methods are a legitimate means for effectively resolving wildlife conflicts”. There's also the problem of hunters (and I'm using the term loosely in this instance) who only hold a gun once a year, ignore highly visible "NO Hunting" signs and proceed to blast away at anything that moves. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 14, 2010: Good and bad in every group, 50, and hunters are no exception. Dizard, J. And then there are a few deer hunters who kill only for the trophy. Tips for Processing and Aging Deer Meat, with Videos, Southern Cuisine: Holle's Country Fried Deer Steaks, Free Natural Hunting Scents for Whitetail Deer + Bonus Video, Deer Hunting Tips: Strategies for Placing Your Stand. Most hunters who follow specific hunting seasons are also conservationists who work to preserve open land for future generations. It’s unpopular with many hunters due to the gardening analogy, whereas hunting is the act of taking a life. I've never understood how people who eat meat think hunting is cruel! Fortunately I'm a heavily armed little hillbilly and once is usually all it takes to convince them to change their hunting ground. Also used is the slow acting, but deadly, Compound 1080 (sodium monofluroacetate). This still occurs to a certain degree in the West, but the environmental and game wardens have quite a bit of power and the offenders will be in a whole world of hurt if they get caught. But hunting for food is fine, as long as you respect what you kill, make sure you do ALL you can do to end it's suffering as soon as the first shot is fired, and use the whole animal … No one stops to think that if deer destroyed their own habitat, they would soon starve to death. The only thing I can see here to disagree with at all is the time of year. All in all, between 1996 and 2004, more than 14 million animals were destroyed by the U.S. Government. The next phase involves the kittens themselves eating the prey. And the "sport" is not without risks for human hunters — on May 19, a hunter in Zimbabwe was crushed to death by an elephant after the animal was shot by another member of his hunting party. No report that I saw questioned whether the remaining deer would continue to destroy the forest. Animal hunting has a long history, people have been hunting different animals for meat and fur since the stone age and even earlier. prettydarkhorse from US on January 02, 2010: oh habee, now I know they have to do these to animals, whew, you surely tackle the topic of hunting for everybody, nice, Maita, Habee, while I don't like going hunting personally, There are a lot of people who do and all of the people I know use the meat of the deer that they kill. Very true, John. Most, however, stun the animals with a jolt of electricity, then hang the animals upside down by one hind leg. I wish more people who want to outlaw hunting could understand that it is not all about 'killing bambi'. Killing animals in any situation is going to cause this, the only way to avoid this, is to stop eating meat products, altogether. If they wound an animal, they track it and finish it off quickly. At that point, their throats are cut - while they're still alive. It was kind of hard to understand her around her cheeseburger. Is it because deer are cuter than cows and pigs? If you're a vegan, I respect your views, but I already know your feelings on the issue. If deer made such a horrible noise as you say then why would it take hours for them to die since you would be able to locate the deer making the "gut-wrenching noise" almost immediately? Now the forest obscures the reason why Washington chose that location, but since the park has recently become “multi-purpose” rather than primarily historical, the deer must supposedly be killed to preserve the forest that had not previously existed for several hundred years. 1973’s Endangered Species Act was created largely as a result of the animal extinction caused by hunting. I hope I've given you something to think about. The park rejected this offer as “inadequate”. True story! two is that to have no problem with killing something to eat when you are usually getting too much food as it is is slightly disturbing. After all, hunting is a sport, is it not? Several animal species have been hunted to endangered levels because some part of the creature was deemed to be valuable. There are also animals that can be hunted all year, and I don't like that - it's BAD. Goyakla from United Kingdom on March 31, 2011: I found this hub most informative and written in such a way that nobody could be offended by what you say. For example, fish farms are protected from fish-eating birds, such as cormorants, blue herons, and pelicans and also from muskrats that damage the infrastructure of aquaculture facilities. Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. Next time you pick up a pound of ground beef or a pack of pork chops, think about where it came from. The senses of predators are adapted in a variety of ways to facilitate hunting behavior. A popular term in wildlife management circles, the act of killing or “taking” an animal. Sometimes dogs would chase down and kill fawns. An organisation offered to fund the contraception of all the deer and to fence the forest areas. Agencies don’t bother to explain that the so-often quoted “carrying capacity” is not an unchanging number that can be repeated year after year as if it did not vary, inter alia, with the weather, the kinds of vegetation, disease, and other animals competing for the same food. U.S. slaughterhouses use different methods for killing. In order to limit pain for the animals that are hunted, proper education must take place. There are hunters who kill animals out of season, when they're caring for young. I don't eat meat for many of the reasons you pointed out about the cruel nature of slaughter houses and the lack of compassion for living creatures. Compare this to hunting. 50 Caliber from Arizona on August 13, 2010: Holle, what can I add? This allows them to "bleed out.". Now, that's not to say I'm entirely vegan. On sources: with the exception of the numbers killed, all the information concerning “Wildlife Services” comes from their website www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage. There is the right way and the wrong way, 50. Having been raised in a family that depended on deer meat for food at times, and as the owner of a small farm, I've seen both sides of this coin. Your blog is very nice i favor of Hunting and Animal Cruelty: The Good and the Bad, for making better your blog visit bellow... Nick Hanlon from Chiang Mai on August 10, 2012: Watch Animal Planet.Animals eat animals everyday.And so do we.Get used to it.And if you assume every shot is 100% lethal,than you' be right. Hunting is said to be a “sport”, but a sport suggests an encounter between two equally or closely matched partners, which is obviously not the case with deer hunting. From its hills, Washington could observe the British troops occupying Philadelphia. WebscapeOutdoors from Michigan, USA on January 11, 2012: Hillbilly Zen, I've deer hunted for well over thirty years and have taken many deer over these years. That doesn’t mean we are to be cruel to them and get out of control, but instead we are to be responsible and use them to our advantage. It saved us about half the meat bill for the winter. ", http://www.projectcoyote.com/Coyotes_in_Our_Midst.pdf. Hunting groups refute these claims. On timing though, I believe anyone with 10+ acres (around here that's what it takes to legally be considered a farm) should be able to hunt for food whenever. Your goal is to kill a specific amount of animals within the time limit. jeez man, i told my friend to print this out and it turned out to not be anything i needed! For example, a coyote ingesting this substance may not show any immediate symptoms, but will take hours to die. Killing and Hunting. Have you ever heard the sounds a dying deer makes? Somehow, the irony was lost on her. My father-in-law helped put a stop to deer hunting with dogs in our neck of the woods. I also agree with you that most hunters are considerate, good stewards of the land, but I refuse to call them a "sportsmen" until the deer are carrying those high-powered rifles, too ;). It plays, it mates, and if it's a female, it bears and raises young, naturally. Even with hunting restrictions in place, poaching, which is illegal hunting…
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