A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. 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. In most cases, the animals had little quality of life. Very true, John. Hunting for the sake of doing so shows an overall lack of respect for nature. Thanks for stopping by! While coyotes seem to be a major target of “Wildlife Services”, deer are the favourite target of U.S. recreational or sport hunters. My father-in-law helped put a stop to deer hunting with dogs in our neck of the woods. A deer is born in a thicket of South Georgia woods. 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. Just like any other group, there are good members and not-so-good members of the hunting community. Hunting groups refute these claims. Before spring fawning, there were said to be 574 deer remaining. Hunting is the practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wild animals. The Park was originally established to commemorate Washington’s encampment in the winter of 1777-1778 during the revolutionary war. 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). 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. They would have us believe that “thinning the herd” is for the good of the deer. 14th September 2011. "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. When I was young hunting was fun and it was all about getting dinner. Valley Forge National Historical Park is an excellent example of this war on “wildlife”. i needed to know why u think this is good! 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." Is it because deer are cuter than cows and pigs? Killing and Hunting. After all, hunting is a sport, is it not? It felt like a battlefield and I was wondering if someone was looking through their scope and seeing me. I have friends who find deer hunting barbaric, yet they have no problem downing a steak. At that point, their throats are cut - while they're still alive. Thanks for your kind words. If you're a vegan, I respect your views, but I already know your feelings on the issue. lol. 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. Trophy hunting is, in fact, abhorred by the majority of the public. Trophy Hunting is the Killing of an Animal for Sport or Pleasure. Once again, science has been ignored and habituated deer have been demonized and shot in great numbers on the basis of flawed or misrepresented information. I can never enjoy a steak again after this but that is not a bad thing. 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. Are there any alternatives to recreational hunting that do not involve killing animals? The killing of animals is animal euthanasia (for pain relief), animal sacrifice (for a deity), animal slaughter (for food), hunting (for food, for sport, for fur and other animal products, etc. Bible verses about killing animals. Compare this to hunting. ... the killing of animals. They had no respect for our land, our fences, or for the animals they hunted. Have you ever heard the sounds a dying deer makes? And hungry+broke= what "season"? Your goal is to kill a specific amount of animals within the time limit. On a hunting trip to Mongolia earlier this summer the US president’s son Donald Trump Jr killed a rare species of endangered sheep. The RSPCA opposes recreational hunting due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused to animals and strongly encourages alternative ways to demonstrate precision and accuracy using a firearm. What most non-hunters don't understand is that it's the hunters who care for the populations! 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. Claiming that the deer in the 3,000 plus acre Park are increasing despite the Park’s own numbers to the contrary, it was asserted that the deer are destroying the forests and that their numbers must be reduced over a four year period to less than 200 from an estimated total of 1,277. Voted up useful and awesome. “Wildlife Services” supposedly protects aquaculture, agriculture, and resources, such as buildings, vehicles, homes, golf courses, as well as humans from “wildlife attacks” and “wildlife diseases”, even aircraft safety. I hope I've given you something to think about. Does God Allow the Hunting and Killing of Animals? They spend money feeding and managing the very animals they target. The organs and unedibles made my dog very happy and the rest fed the coyotes roaming around. 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. Somehow, the irony was lost on her. Ethel, I agree about killing animals just for sport. (U.S. Department of Agriculture), a federal agency that kills animals to supposedly “help” U.S. farmers, but we also have state agencies that encourage hunting. Fortunately I'm a heavily armed little hillbilly and once is usually all it takes to convince them to change their hunting ground. 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. Since the bullet travels faster than the speed of sound, the deer never even heard the shot. But I think if you ARE going to eat meat, hunting is much kinder than pen-raised animals and slaughterhouses. but u just said the bad in the good part! 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. Now be honest - which seems kinder to you? A life is a life and I believe a vegan's head of lettuce felt the pain of death as much as my deer. It had to be killed - it didn't die of natural causes. Many non-human species also hunt - see predation. Some reports claimed 700 had been destroyed. Killing an animal makes you appreciate the animal and give thanks for its sacirifice. Even with hunting restrictions in place, poaching, which is illegal hunting… I also place this in the BAD category. 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. When you hunt an animal, that animal has lived the way it was intended to. Food is plentiful because the local hunters plant food plots for the deer. 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. 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). I always enjoy your comments! I just hate the idea of slaughterhouses and the associated cruelty. Thanks for reading and commenting! In the medieval age, hunt was available only for upper classes of society. You put it well together, habee, thank you. Some hunters of racoons and oppossums hunt just for the killing. All in all, between 1996 and 2004, more than 14 million animals were destroyed by the U.S. Government. 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. In order to limit pain for the animals that are hunted, proper education must take place. I wish I was not a meat eater. It's terribly wrong. 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. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010: nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 02, 2010: That's true, HH! Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 14, 2011: Hillbilly, when I was married to a cattleman, we had some bad experiences with some bad deer hunters. 1973’s Endangered Species Act was created largely as a result of the animal extinction caused by 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. There are hunters who kill animals out of season, when they're caring for young. Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. Your statement doesn't ring true with me. The only thing I can see here to disagree with at all is the time of year. 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 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. hey i have to write a paper for animal cruelty nd i have to debate y its good nd y its bad any thoughts ?? Honestly though because its a waste of time. Great Hub! You are right and I must admit I am one of those people who eats meat from the grocery store. 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. Very interesting point of view. Killing animals in any situation is going to cause this, the only way to avoid this, is to stop eating meat products, altogether. At the time, deer hunting with dogs was legal in our county, which we strongly disapproved of. South Africa is an extremely popular tourist destination. 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 … With its beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, it draws in all kinds of travellers. This article was chiefly written for people who eat meat but think that hunting is cruel. And then there are a few deer hunters who kill only for the trophy. I hope to enlighten them - or to at least give them some points to consider. ), blood sports, or roadkill (by accident). I have, and they're gut-wrenching. Hunting is often called a sport as a way to pass off a cruel, needless killing spree as a socially acceptable, wholesome activity. When their "number was up," they were prodded along with sticks, whips, and electric prods. They're in agony, and it can take hours for them to finally die. There are also animals that can be hunted all year, and I don't like that - it's BAD. I can honestly say that all the hunters I know personally are sportsmen. Insurance companies corroborate these statistics. It can result in animal population reductions. Do you ever stop to think that the food you consume was once a living, breathing animal? Hunting for sport is just as bad as killing another human for no reason in my eyes on the other hand. Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania. Whatever the number, Park officials voiced satisfaction and asserted that shooting was the “most humane way to control the population”. In 2003, in a single year, 75,724 coyotes were killed. 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. 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. They probably never got to be a cow, or a chicken, or a pig. I've never once heard a deer make a noise after being shot with a gun or an arrow. 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. Good post, it would be nice if more people shared the same sentiment. It’s unpopular with many hunters due to the gardening analogy, whereas hunting is the act of taking a life. 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. Now, that's not to say I'm entirely vegan. Hunting has a lot of negative stigma attached to it, some of it is justified and some of it is not. Better Yourself from North Carolina on May 07, 2012: Enjoyed your hub! State and local governments as well as private individuals and hunting clubs are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands more. The shorter days of summer give way gradually to autumn and the massive slaughter of “wildlife”. These agencies talk about the ever “bourgeoning deer herds”. Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 02, 2010: It is one of those subjects you debate for ever. Dahles, H. (1993) “Game killing and killing games: An anthropologist looking at hunting in a modern society”, Society and Animals, 1, pp. Hunting is not always good. "As for trophy hunting, I think it is probably the kind of animal killing that most resembles murder - murder in the first degree. Some shoot the animals in the head with a bolt gun. They were likely kept their entire lives in small pens so that they wouldn't burn calories walking around. True story! 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. Fawns bleat when in distress but I have never or would I ever shoot one. 169-189 [accessed on 27 April 2020]. There, most went without food or water until it was their time to die. It gives the hunter the advantage of actually engaging with the prey, and develops a sense of connection and appreciation for nature. These hunters were the worst sort. 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. I abhor fox hunting and killing animals for sport. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 03, 2010: You make good points. Constant noise and hunters showing up from every corner of the woods. Jesus' disciples were fishermen, and He helped them catch fish on occasion ( Luke 5:1-9 ). Recently I have made the switch to a primarily vegetarian diet. Maybe it met an untimely fate, but it's still miles ahead of what goes in those factory farms. 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. 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. Well news flash, they're gone because they were a threat and we won. I have to disagree with some of the other premises though, based solely on my experience. 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. 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. Aside from being a nuisance, it is claimed that such overpopulation constitutes a danger to human life and health because deer (i) spread Lyme disease, (ii) cause vehicle accidents, (iii) destroy the forests, (iv) threaten the survival of ground-nesting birds and other mammals (that are invariably unnamed), and (v) eat peoples’ carefully planted flowers. Hunters, and indeed “Wildlife Services”, assert that hunting provides a valuable and necessary service in reducing populations of certain animals. U.S. slaughterhouses use different methods for killing. Without an infinite amount of food and space, deer numbers cannot infinitely increase. It is morally wrong to hunt and kill animals. It is falsely but repeatedly claimed that the deer “overpopulate”. 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. Why on earth do I want to take down a little fawn when the doe will feed me longer? And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant. 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. Agencies don’t bother to inform the public that deer populations depend on food supply. 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. 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. Hunting destroys animal families and habitats, and leaves terrified and dependent baby animals behind to starve to death. It does seem to be about your raising, and a lot of people I know from the city had no clue where meat came from. No torture at the slaughterhouse. thanks a lot. 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. 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. Predatory animals may be solitary hunters, like the leopard, or they may be group hunters, like wolves. 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. Animal hunting has a long history, people have been hunting different animals for meat and fur since the stone age and even earlier. If you eat meat, you probably purchase it from a grocery store, in neat little packages. There is the right way and the wrong way, 50. A quick bullet getting the job done is much more humane that what goes on in a slaughter house. Some species have been driven to extinction because of hunting. At approximately 7 weeks of age, the mother will take back a prey animal and eat it in front of the litter. You sure described the slaughterhouse with great detail it kept me riveted. Crops, such as rice, corn, winter wheat, fruits and nuts are protected from black birds, gulls, geese and other birds as well from deer, beaver, feral swine, coyotes, badgers, raccoons and various small mammals. Today we just have to much of everything, every where and I have never gone hunting again. I DON'T THINK KILLING ANIMALS IS RIGHT THERE JUST LIKE US REALLY. Sheep and cattle, particularly lambs and calves are protected from predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, bears, wolves, foxes, bobcats and eagles. This exposure to prey animals is repeated, but they will also demonstrate hunting techniques on the animal. Also used is the slow acting, but deadly, Compound 1080 (sodium monofluroacetate). 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. They use dogs to track the prey, and they often allow the dogs to tear the animals apart once treed. I remember one Thanksgiving, I was traveling with one of these friends. Almost 100% of the males were castrated at an early age - without benefit of anesthesia or pain killers. The shorter days of summer give way gradually to autumn and the massive slaughter of “wildlife”. One day when the deer is full grown, it's out nibbling at some tender shoots, when it drops dead from a carefully aimed high-powered rifle. They keep their rifles and their shooting skills in top condition to help ensure a quick kill. Animals and Hunting Hunting for ‘sport’ is basically another way to describe the thrill of killing. 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 spends its life as a wild animal. I also enjoyed reading the comments above this one LOL (smiling Bambi yuk yuk). The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. Hunting animals, even in the past, causes pain for the animals. I wish more people who want to outlaw hunting could understand that it is not all about 'killing bambi'. It was kind of hard to understand her around her cheeseburger. State agencies talk about “harvesting” deer, not about slaughtering or killing them. All of this “protection” is protection from “wildlife”. 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. It saved us about half the meat bill for the winter. So the cow spends its days wandering pastures doing what cows do, and the deer wanders the forest doing what deer do. 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. She got all upset, saying they killed Bambi. “Wildlife Services” quote the G.A.O. I am bit of an on off meat eater. 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. I've never understood how people who eat meat think hunting is cruel! 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