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Ban hunting

March 16, 2010
By Anonymous

Hunting was once considered a test of courage and manhood. Now instead of it being a fight between a predator and a prey it is just the killing of less powerful animals. Centuries ago hunting used to be a fair game between animals and humans but since the invention of tools, the humans have gotten an advantage. This advantage is causing the balance of power to change and gives humans an easy kill on the defenseless animal. Some prey are also given the worst treatment because of traps or other devices that are used on them. This "sport" that people call hunting is a dangerous thing and it can cause animals serious pain. Getting rid of this "sport" will benefit the animals lifestyles.

Traps are one of the main tools used by hunters to capture animals in the wild that are too evasive. There are many types of traps that hunter use but a common trap is the leghold trap. This trap holds that animal there while the hunter comes in and kills it. The hunters say it's a painless device but some people have said they've heard animals crying in the night from the pain. Sometimes animals even chew off their own leg to escape. The "instant kill" trap that hunters say is a "humane" way to kill an animal, causes painful death instead of a painless one. 15% of the time the trap actually gets the vital point and kills the target but 40% of the time it can miss and leave the animal there to die a slow and painful death.

Hunters also say they want to seek a "fair chase" with an animal but hunting is unfair by far. Even when we don't use cheap tactics we still have an unfair advantage over the animal. Even if the hunter is fighting a dangerous animal such as a lion or tiger he has nothing to fear because it can't get near him while he is holding that powerful weapon. In retrospect hunting also has another name which suits it better: The triumph of man over a lesser creature.

The worst hunting that is practiced by richer people is the fact that they can buy exotic or even endangered animals from zoos or places that they can use to hunt in an area. This is called caged hunting. It is very unfair to the animal because it has lost its power to survive and is placed as a easy kill. I wouldn't even call this hunting i would just it under: massacre of animals.

Some people, mostly hunters, have said that hunting is actually a good thing as it can keep populations of animals down. In most cases they are referring to deer's . They say that the deer's are over populated and they are running down into cars and streets in suburban landscapes. and can be controlled with hunting. I have to disagree with this because reports have said that most of the deer's are coming down during hunting season which means that the hunters are the ones that are scaring them down there. Also the deer population will lower itself when they run out of food that they are coming for.

Hunting should be stopped before it gets too out of hand and wipes a species off the planet. We need to stop this killing by getting officials to ban this sport. So while we sit here those hunters can be out there killing animals as we speak. So we need to protest and use the information to end this torture.

The author's comments:
Hunting has really come a far way from being the essential to life. Now it is just a sport which hurts animals so I believe its wrong

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This article has 5 comments.

on Feb. 10 2017 at 3:23 pm
animallover101, Phoenix, Arizona
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I love all animals and hate seeing them suffer and get killed especially.

on Jan. 26 2017 at 1:31 pm
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i agree what he said down there. I hunt deeeep south texas by the border of mexico. We eat everything we kill, trophy buck, hogs everything. hunting is a big part in my life, taking that away from me or my family is like losing a family member.

Eli Farley said...
on Jan. 5 2015 at 11:46 pm
Your comment saved me from having to write a 2500 word counter argument. I completely agree with everything you say. One more thing: In many states, hunters are not allowed to use traps and in places that do allow them many hunters actually choose NOT to. Closing note: Have you ever had a burger? Where did it come from?

on Apr. 5 2012 at 10:18 pm
autumntate2015 SILVER, Albertville, Alabama
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I am a hunter, although I don't kill what I don't eat. I have to completely disagree with your entire article. Before I write a 2500 word response to everything you have so ignorantly displayed here, I have one question about your comments on the overpopulation of deer...Would you rather have hunters to kill the deer than to have the animals build their population up so much that they are outgrowing their food source? Would it make you feel better to know that, no, a human being is not sitting in a tree stand for hours to make a deadly shot on DINNER for their families, but instead that deer won't eat day after day, and will grow weaker and slimmer, and eventually will die of starvation or be attacked by a wild dog or coyote? And if the animal is not attacked by another animal after losing it's strength to escape wild predators, it will just fall over dead one day because it could not eat. If this were to happen, I would hope treehugging people like you would understand that since you don't think hunting is "right", the animals will still die. They will just suffer A LOT. And I don't know what your religious beliefs are, but I believe in GOD with every ounce of my being, and in the bible it says that these animals on the earth were put here by GOD for his people to harvest. One more thing, if you are going to state your opinions on hunting, you should consider both sides...the side that consists of people that hunt just to kill/or to have "fun". The other side being the people like myself that hunt for food. And those of us who hunt for food, are EXTREMELY outraged and offended by your words.

on Mar. 31 2010 at 5:00 pm
I am a traditional hunter I HATE wounding animals if I do i track them until i find them and YOUR wrong about if they run out of food thats EVEN more painful Imagine u not having enough food STARVING in the cold getting fought off DYING of starvation I UNDERSTAND the high powered rifles and traps I WOULD LOVE TO BAN THOSE. But hunting is harder than u think 80% of the time the deer gets away 0nly 20% of the time is when the deer is killed YOU SHOULD RECONSIDER wat you think