Anti-Hunting

anti-hunters 6-21-2011

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Killing is Wrong

There is no way around it, hunting is killing.  It seems to be a pretty common moral that killing is wrong, but different people draw the line at various points as to what constitutes as being wrong or right to kill.  Many conservationists and preservationists are against hunting.  Some common reasons for the negative view on hunting seem to primarily be the growing use of animals for food and other resources that is greatly contributing to the decline of wildlife populations and affecting habitats, food chains, and other species not being hunted as well as the moral dilemma that killing is wrong. While not much research has been done on this, it does seem to be pretty definite that hunting is contributing to declining wildlife, but mostly wildlife that is harmed for human uses like food and clothing.1  As for the moral issue, many feel that it is wrong to kill. Of course most people would be upset and feel it is wrong to kill a dog or cat, so it depends on what culture one grows up in as to what is acceptable to kill or not.  It is confusing how to determine which animals are okay to kill and which are not, because most people do not put all nonhuman animals on the same ground for having the means to be killed. Either way, it is clear that many people feel an emotional attachment to animals and do not believe that they should be killed for fun, although it can be argued that they should not be killed for any means. But sticking to the point for this issue, because humans know (and it is fact) that animals feel pain, humans often times are against hunting because they feel it is wrong to inflict pain upon a sentient being out of pure desire.2  So basically many find hunting wrong because of the harm it can do to our ecosystem and surrounding environments as well as the moral belief that killing an animal, like killing any living being, is morally objectionable and just plain wrong.

Cutting Deer Meat

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Eating Meat is Unnecessary

Some believe it is wrong to kill for fun, but okay to kill for food.  Those who claim that they kill to hunt their own food are still in the wrong.  Many years ago, yes it was necessary to hunt for your own food but we have evolved so much as humans that we no longer need to kill another living being to satisfy our hunger.  Government health experts all over the world are concluding that a vegan diet is not only a viable option for people of any age, but that eating plant foods instead of animal-based foods has many health benefits, including reduction in incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, and some types of cancer.3  Eating meat just seems savage nowadays.

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Deer hunted with crossbow. Photo Credit: http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com/

 

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Hunted and hung wolf. Photo Credit: http://flickrhivemind.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting is NOT Needed for Population Control and Wildlife Management

Hunting advocates argue that hunting helps to manage populations, maintain natural habitats and control human harm from wildlife.  However, studies show that car/deer collisions increase during hunting season because hunters frighten the deer out of the woods and onto roads, and suburban landscaping will always attract deer no matter how many hunters there are.  For those pro-hunters who argue that hunting helps to control animal populations, this is not true.  Removing some individuals from the population results in more food per deer, which leads to more births.  So when food is scarce, deer will innately give birth to fewer offspring.  Another reason hunting does not actually help to control populations is that wildlife management organizations claim hunting controls populations, but they are intentionally keeping populations high enough for hunters to be able to hunt.4  Therefore, the argument that hunting is good for conservation and wildlife management can be completely discredited.

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Organizations Opposing Hunting

  • AGRO — A National Coalition to End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife
  • The Animals Voice
  • ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Animal Aid
  • Best Friends Animal Soceity
  • Big Wildlife
  • Born Free Foundation
  • Born Free USA
  • Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese
  • Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT)
  • Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (CASH)
  • Compassion Over Killing (COK)
  • Friends of Animals
  • The Fund for Animals
  • Global Anti Hunting Coalition
  • The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
  • In Defense of Animals (IDA)
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
  • Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
  • Love Canada Geese
  • Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN)
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
  • Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA – Australia)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA – United Kingdom)
  • Vegan Outreach
  • Wildlife Watch, Inc.
  • World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Show 4 footnotes

  1. “Overexploitation of wildlife for the commercial trade has resulted in significant declines and local extinctions for several wildlife species (Nooren and Claridge 2001; Bennett and others 2002; Anon 2005). Given that subsistence hunters, traders or consumers depend on wildlife harvest as a source of food and income, the implications of reduced availability of wildlife due to unsustainable consumption are potentially significant but remain poorly studied and largely unclear (Bennett 2002).” — Than Myint, Than Zaw, Saw Htun, and Madhu Rao, “Hunting, Livelihoods and Declining Wildlife in the Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary, North Myanmar,” in Environmental Management (New York: Wildlife Conservation Society, 2010), 1.
  2. “In this turn away from rationality and toward science, some people see the promise of a more satisfactory approach to the moral status of animals. After all, isn’t sentience (again: the capacity to suffer) perhaps the most poignant indication that we and animals share essentially the same lot in life, namely, to be moral, to be thrust into a cosmos that appears to have no essential meaning, and to suffer unto the death that inevitably awaits us?” — Gary Steiner, “Animals as Subjects and the Rehabilitation of Humanism,” in Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2014), 81.
  3. Capps, Ashley. “Catching Up With Science: Burying the “Humans Need Meat” Argument -.” Free From Harm. July 17, 2013. Accessed December 13, 2014. http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/catching-up-with-science-burying-the-humans-need-meat-argument/.
  4. Lin, Doris. “5 Arguments For and 4 Against Hunting.” AnimalRights.About.com. Accessed December 12, 2014. http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/a/HuntingArgument.htm.

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