While hunting has been a part of human survival for over 100,000 years modern hunting has become more violent. Hunters have contributed to the extinction of animals including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk. It’s not far fetched to say that this kind of extinction will continue if hunters don’t face restrictions and harsh penalties for what they are doing.
Even though less than five percent of the population of the United States hunters this sport is permitted in national parks, and wildlife refuges. Hunters kill millions of animals every year and poachers kill just as many. It’s a very sad ordeal and many of these animals are known to live long healthy lives, yet they are cut short by poachers looking to make a quick buck.
Animals suffer slow deaths when they are injured by hunters. A study stated that out of 85 deer shot with archery weapons, 15 were wounded and not recovered. Twenty percent of foxes have been shot and wounded. There are over 4 millions ducks each year that are hurt and not recovered. Another study showed that deer suffered for a period of 20 minutes before they died.
Hunting is also disruptive to migration patterns and is responsible for family destruction. Wolves mate for life and when a loved one is killed they suffer. Other animals are busy hiding and do not have a chance to store enough fat they need to survive during the winter.
Nature Evens Everything Out
Nature and the ecosystems within it have their own survival system. Predators help manage animal populations and eat their kill. Hunters kill for trophies including healthy animals that will protect their fellow species. They use specialized equipment like the apex bow sights to zero in on their prey and make sure they get a clean shot. Elephants are being killed for their tusks and many are walking around without tusks for protection. Hunters are affecting the genes of these animals.For example the size of the sheep’s horn has decreased over the year due to being poached.
Even when overpopulation occurs natural processes are able to handle it. Some animals starve and other die of disease but it is nature’s way of balancing things out. The strong animals are able to survive and protect the rest of the groups. Shooting an animal because it is at risk is destructive to the entire population.
Hunting target exotic game animals is a terrible way to move forward because many of these animals are cherished and don’t want to be run off the face of the earth. If these animals are put into a population other than their own they can cause trouble for the animals that are already native to that area.
Cruel to Animals
Many hunting activities happen on private lands where the laws for wildlife protection are hard to enforce. Hunters pay to hunt on ranches and private reserves killing what is known as canned hunts. These animals are brought into this area just for the hunt. They are purchased by the same illegal means that zoo and circuses obtain their animals. The animals are killed just for the purpose of providing the hunter with a trophy to take home.