Pros and Cons of Hunting
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Pros and Cons of Hunting

Hunting has been part of human life since ancient times. During the ancient period, people from different cultures and ethnicity used to hunt for food. In our modern society, hunting is a form of lifestyle and not necessarily aimed at looking for food. More people are engaged in crop farming hence less hunting.

 

Pros:

1. Add variety to your diet: Hunting provides you with a variety of food chains to promote healthy eating. Many livestock animals are considered unhealthy and should be eaten with moderation, therefore, hunting is an alternative to getting more healthy foods.

2. A way to exercise: When hunting, you have to go hiking in the woods, set up a camping site, and endure some difficult conditions. This acts as a great way of exercise and improves your diet since dietary options are limited while in the woods.

3. Learn Mother Nature: Hunting is a great way to acquire knowledge of animal habitats, trails, and their adaptation nature. You will be able to know how to track animals and have a firsthand discovery of animal nature.

4. Acts as means for survival: Hunting can help improve survival to individuals especially if you’re lost in the wood for days. You will learn how to hunt for food so as to survive in the wilderness.

5. Control animal population: Animals like deer can cause a lot of crop damage and accidents if left to overpopulate and move to residential areas.

6. Lowers accidents: animal collision is one of the common risks in driving. Human injuries are caused by head-on collisions such as deer, cattle, and mouse. This also causes damage to vehicles. In addition to that, collision kills livestock and wild animals. Hunting lowers population levels hence reduces accidents. Drivers should call the police to take the injured animals. Wild animals are always on the move during the rainy season, sunrise, sunset, mating, full moon, cold weather, plowed roads, and hunting seasons. You should always focus on the forest edge to check if there are animals. Moreover, use seatbelts, headlights, and high pitch whistles.

7. Extensive materials: animals give other products like hides, skin, and horns. These materials are used to make shoes, clothes, and art.

8. Promotes research: hunting helps people to discover new animals and plants in the forest.

9. Balance ecosystem: all species are essential for a favorable ecosystem. However, the ecosystem will not be ideal when there are many populations. Hunting helps to keep the equilibrium on the right track. Balanced ecosystem helps animals to get food thus stay alive. On top of that, it ensures organisms are stable in their natural environment.

10. It is not dangerous: hunting is not dangerous if done inappropriate way. People or other animals cannot be hurt when hunters are extra careful in the woods. Besides that, hunters can get out of the activity without injured, unlike other activities.

Cons:

1. Dangerous sports activities: Hunting with dangerous weapons like guns can result in death or gun injuries. There are more than 1000 people who get shot while hunting.

2. Reduce animal population: Although hunting is done to curb overpopulation, some species of animals considered valuable to individuals have been hunted to endangered levels. Hunting of some animal species has resulted in the extinction of such animals.

3. Cause animal suffering: A clean shot is needed to kill the animal. Shooting an animal at a distance may injure it. If the animal is left to live, it will suffer a lot. Some injuries make the animal unfit for human consumptions.

4. Abusive practices: Some people engage in abusive practices like creating lures and feeding stations as a way to make it easier to hunt for animals like deer. This adds a level of domestication to the animal and this is not a good practice for being a great hunter.

5. Trophy hunting is wrong: Hunting animals for the sake of Instagram likes or for fun is not acceptable. Killing an animal for a trophy is wrong and inhumane to the animals. You should only hunt for food resources.

6. TroExpensive classes: safety classes for hunting are offered to promote knowledge, hunting skills, and create awareness. The hunting education course is about $300 per individual. There are additional costs depending on the type of firearm and animals to be hunt. Also, it is expensive to purchase a firearm, clothes, bow, and arrow. The total fee is more than the house budget.

7. To destroy the animal’s family: hunting is an immoral practice to innocent creatures. Can you imagine losing your family member from gunshot? The person leaves behind a family. Parents are the managers of home and nobody will take good care of the kids left behind. The same situation applies to wild animals. Think of a lactating mother, these creatures have families, and killing them is destroying their family.

8. Causes accidents: hunting has injured other animals like horses, dogs, cats cows, sheep, goat as well as hikers. Hunters should always be careful before shooting their shots. It is your responsibility to be cautious in order to prevent accidents.

9. Imbalances nature: it is true that hunting balances nature but it is accompanied by consequences. The same hunters mess up with Mother Nature. This is because they look for strong and big animals for meat. For this reason, weak animals are left behind hence the ecosystem becomes imbalanced. Strong animals are best for mating because the young ones will be energetic.

10. Violence: research shows that psychopathy is a trait that is characterized by being selfish and lack of sorrow. These traits are associated with killing animals for torture. as a result of this, hunting can result in violence on human beings.

11. Animals feel pain: animals are living things and they feel pain when killed. They want to live the same way humans do.

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  1. Tristen

    Hi there your pros and cons do not make any sense. Hunting has not caused animal population to decrease however here in Africa they have gone up thanks to trophy hunting south Africas animal population have actually increased because of trophy hunting. Let’s take an old male lion for example that no longer breeds with females clients pay lots of money to shoot a lion so if you shoot an old lion that does not breed anymore and a new younger male can go breed with the females in that pride and with the money that was used to shoot that lion goes back into conservation. Anti poaching community development lion population in South Africa if I’m not mistaken has gone up by 8 percent because of hunting but of course all hunting is done sustainably.

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