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They're in agony, and it can take hours for them to finally die. 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. 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. 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. It saved us about half the meat bill for the winter. If deer made such a horrible noise as you say then why would it take hours for them to die since you would be able to locate the deer making the "gut-wrenching noise" almost immediately? This allows them to "bleed out.". Killing animals simply for the sake of killing is often referred to as “slob hunting.” And this is what Ontario’s government has agreed to, after being lobbied by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). Not only do we have “Wildlife Services”, a part of the U.S.D.A. Killing animals in any situation is going to cause this, the only way to avoid this, is to stop eating meat products, altogether. Very interesting point of view. A deer is born in a thicket of South Georgia woods. These agencies talk about the ever “bourgeoning deer herds”. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. Your goal is to kill a specific amount of animals within the time limit. Since the bullet travels faster than the speed of sound, the deer never even heard the shot. After years of service in the military, I went hunting and could not believe the number of people hunting. 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. A popular term in wildlife management circles, the act of killing or “taking” an animal. Hunting animals, even in the past, causes pain for the animals. I think a lot of that negativity comes from hunting animals purely for the sport of it, or poaching. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 03, 2010: Thanks, Tammy Lockerman! 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. Killing and Hunting. Insurance companies corroborate these statistics. We humans are omnivorous animals on a shared planet that sustains us all. You sure described the slaughterhouse with great detail it kept me riveted. If they wound an animal, they track it and finish it off quickly. 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. Whales and some African animals have become endangered due to hunting issues. There is the right way and the wrong way, 50. It's terribly wrong. I am bit of an on off meat eater. Next time you pick up a pound of ground beef or a pack of pork chops, think about where it came from. Without an infinite amount of food and space, deer numbers cannot infinitely increase. 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. If you eat meat, you probably purchase it from a grocery store, in neat little packages. It felt like a battlefield and I was wondering if someone was looking through their scope and seeing me. great resourse i think im a vegitarian now. Somehow, the irony was lost on her. Hunters, and indeed “Wildlife Services”, assert that hunting provides a valuable and necessary service in reducing populations of certain animals. Hunting for sport is just as bad as killing another human for no reason in my eyes on the other hand. Posted Feb 07, 2013 The means used by the agency include shooting and aerial gunning, and the encouragement of hunting including hunting with dogs as a means of reducing populations. Food is plentiful because the local hunters plant food plots for the deer. It's also for hunters. Agencies don’t bother to inform the public that deer populations depend on food supply. 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. What most non-hunters don't understand is that it's the hunters who care for the populations! True story! I've never understood how people who eat meat think hunting is cruel! Several animal species have been hunted to endangered levels because some part of the creature was deemed to be valuable. 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. Hunting is said to be a “sport”, but a sport suggests an encounter between two equally or closely matched partners, which is obviously not the case with deer hunting. In Africa trophy hunters still shoot lions, giraffes and zebras. I also place this in the BAD category. “Wildlife Services” quote the G.A.O. You put it well together, habee, thank you. No one stops to think that if deer destroyed their own habitat, they would soon starve to death. (1994) Going wild: Hunting, animal rights, and the contested meaning of nature , … Why on earth do I want to take down a little fawn when the doe will feed me longer? (General Accounting Office) report stating that “lethal management methods are a legitimate means for effectively resolving wildlife conflicts”. I also enjoyed reading the comments above this one LOL (smiling Bambi yuk yuk). Hunting destroys animal families and habitats, and leaves terrified and dependent baby animals behind to starve to death. Wild Animal Hunting is a free online hunting simulator, perfect for those who want to try their skills without hurting real animals. 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. A life is a life and I believe a vegan's head of lettuce felt the pain of death as much as my deer. They use dogs to track the prey, and they often allow the dogs to tear the animals apart once treed. And the "sport" is not without risks for human hunters — on May 19, a hunter in Zimbabwe was crushed to death by an elephant after the animal was shot by another member of his hunting party. You are right and I must admit I am one of those people who eats meat from the grocery store. Honestly though because its a waste of time. I have to disagree with some of the other premises though, based solely on my experience. State agencies talk about “harvesting” deer, not about slaughtering or killing them. Now I can't speak for all hunters when I say that, but I'm sure many share the same perspective. Fawns bleat when in distress but I have never or would I ever shoot one. That doesn’t mean we are to be cruel to them and get out of control, but instead we are to be responsible and use them to our advantage. With its beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, it draws in all kinds of travellers. I would not be able to kill the animal that I eat but that does not stop me doing it. It is falsely but repeatedly claimed that the deer “overpopulate”. Nevertheless, according to statistics gathered by the Animal Protection Institute and published by Born Free and the Animal Protection Institute, nearly six million of these doglike creatures were killed by the U.S. Federal Government from 1916-1999, and almost two million since 1976. In most cases, the animals had little quality of life. At that point, their throats are cut - while they're still alive. I hope I've given you something to think about. Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence. but u just said the bad in the good part! Hunting for the sake of doing so shows an overall lack of respect for nature. (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. Trophy hunting is, in fact, abhorred by the majority of the public. They probably never got to be a cow, or a chicken, or a pig. Compare this to hunting. Most popular animals to hunt are deer, hear, rabbit and duck. The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. Killing your house pets would be a problem and that is animal cruelty, but there is nothing wrong with hunting for food.Animals were even used for clothing in Scripture. 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. Just like any other group, there are good members and not-so-good members of the hunting community. Hunting is not always 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." 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. This article is really meant for meat eaters only. A bird or other small prey animal is taken back to the litter. Today we just have to much of everything, every where and I have never gone hunting again. It plays, it mates, and if it's a female, it bears and raises young, naturally. This article was chiefly written for people who eat meat but think that hunting is cruel. I just much rather prefer to consume less meat as it's better for the environment (less farmland to feed livestock) and if I'm going to consume an animal I prefer that it is killed as humanely as possible and has lived as it should. I've never once heard a deer make a noise after being shot with a gun or an arrow. Some hunters of racoons and oppossums hunt just for the killing. 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. When I was young hunting was fun and it was all about getting dinner. i needed to know why u think this is good! Hunting groups refute these claims. Fortunately I'm a heavily armed little hillbilly and once is usually all it takes to convince them to change their hunting ground. lol. I wish more people who want to outlaw hunting could understand that it is not all about 'killing bambi'. For example, a coyote ingesting this substance may not show any immediate symptoms, but will take hours to die. We were on the interstate, and we passed a truck with a just-killed deer in the back. I abhor fox hunting and killing animals for sport. At the time, deer hunting with dogs was legal in our county, which we strongly disapproved of. 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. I am a hypocrite and your hub has made me rethink the way I eat. 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. I just hate the idea of slaughterhouses and the associated cruelty. Why lions are born to be killed in South Africa . hey i have to write a paper for animal cruelty nd i have to debate y its good nd y its bad any thoughts ?? 50 Caliber from Arizona on August 13, 2010: Holle, what can I add? But I think if you ARE going to eat meat, hunting is much kinder than pen-raised animals and slaughterhouses. thanks for visiting, my friend! 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. 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. Some species have been driven to extinction because of hunting. Does that make the less attractive animals any less worthy of enjoying compassion? 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. 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. Here is the full story and SHARK's video documentaries. They hunt in season, and they eat what they kill. 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. In 2003, in a single year, 75,724 coyotes were killed. This is not always the case, however. As a result, he received several death threats, and one of our barns was burned down. Are there any alternatives to recreational hunting that do not involve killing animals? While coyotes seem to be a major target of “Wildlife Services”, deer are the favourite target of U.S. recreational or sport hunters. Local papers announced that by the spring of 2011, sharp shooters had killed 600 deer. Deer, squirrel, and rabbit have fed my family when we would have went hungry otherwise. Voted up useful and awesome. It spends its life as a wild animal. Issue 2592: * If an animal whose meat is halal to eat, is slaughtered in the manner which will be described later, irrespective of whether it is domesticated or not, its meat becomes halal and its body becomes Clean (tahir/pak) after it has died. 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. Sheep and cattle, particularly lambs and calves are protected from predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, bears, wolves, foxes, bobcats and eagles. 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. Even with hunting restrictions in place, poaching, which is illegal hunting… 169-189 [accessed on 27 April 2020]. 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. Some shoot the animals in the head with a bolt gun. 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. Bible verses about killing animals. 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. U.S. slaughterhouses use different methods for killing. An organisation offered to fund the contraception of all the deer and to fence the forest areas. 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. It seems so many people forget that it takes life to sustain life, and it's been *so called* proven that a tree feels pain. Very true, John. Predatory animals may be solitary hunters, like the leopard, or they may be group hunters, like wolves. The shorter days of summer give way gradually to autumn and the massive slaughter of “wildlife”. Hunting isn't always good. ... the killing of animals. He's then gutted, skinned, and turned into meat. At least I think that's what she said. When their "number was up," they were prodded along with sticks, whips, and electric prods. Now, that's not to say I'm entirely vegan. 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. When you hunt an animal, that animal has lived the way it was intended to. 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 ;). Hunting is the practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wild animals. 1 Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk. ", http://www.projectcoyote.com/Coyotes_in_Our_Midst.pdf. Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania. 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. 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. Also used is the slow acting, but deadly, Compound 1080 (sodium monofluroacetate). Killing an animal makes you appreciate the animal and give thanks for its sacirifice. 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). Nor do agencies tell us that even in the absence of predators, deer herds tend to be self-regulating. Ofcourse humans are more important than animals but a humans desire for meat is that more important than the animals life? Jesus' disciples were fishermen, and He helped them catch fish on occasion ( Luke 5:1-9 ). It can result in animal population reductions. 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. In order to limit pain for the animals that are hunted, proper education must take place. Originally farmland, any trees in the area were used to build the soldiers’ huts or to heat them. Whatever the number, Park officials voiced satisfaction and asserted that shooting was the “most humane way to control the population”. The animal rights position on hunting seems to be very clear. Tips for Processing and Aging Deer Meat, with Videos, Southern Cuisine: Holle's Country Fried Deer Steaks, Free Natural Hunting Scents for Whitetail Deer + Bonus Video, Deer Hunting Tips: Strategies for Placing Your Stand. 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. Complete missions to earn money and buy better rifles. Some researchers believe that these numbers are low since many states do not keep accurate figures of the animals killed. And then there are a few deer hunters who kill only for the trophy. Maybe it met an untimely fate, but it's still miles ahead of what goes in those factory farms. 7.8.2020. So, we need to ask – why has the OFAH been so determined to have a new hunting season opened for another species of wildlife? 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. 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. When it was time for them to be turned into meat, they were probably forced onto a crowded truck or trailer and hauled miles to a slaughterhouse. "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. 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. There, most went without food or water until it was their time to die. I hope to enlighten them - or to at least give them some points to consider. Recently I have made the switch to a primarily vegetarian diet. ), blood sports, or roadkill (by accident). Animals and Hunting Hunting for ‘sport’ is basically another way to describe the thrill of killing. Hi, Maita. However, sports involve competition between two consenting parties and the mediation of a referee. Dizard, J. 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. South Africa is an extremely popular tourist destination. Almost 100% of the males were castrated at an early age - without benefit of anesthesia or pain killers. Is it because deer are cuter than cows and pigs? Thanks for your kind words. So the cow spends its days wandering pastures doing what cows do, and the deer wanders the forest doing what deer do. Thanks for reading and commenting! Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 14, 2010: Good and bad in every group, 50, and hunters are no exception. 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 … Trophy Hunting is the Killing of an Animal for Sport or Pleasure. If you're a vegan, I respect your views, but I already know your feelings on the issue. 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. Some reports claimed 700 had been destroyed. 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. I DON'T THINK KILLING ANIMALS IS RIGHT THERE JUST LIKE US REALLY. One wonders how deer have managed to exist for millions of years without the help of humans. It had to be killed - it didn't die of natural causes. My father-in-law helped put a stop to deer hunting with dogs in our neck of the woods. I wish I was not a meat eater. 14th September 2011. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 03, 2010: You make good points. No report that I saw questioned whether the remaining deer would continue to destroy the forest. Good post, it would be nice if more people shared the same sentiment. Animal hunting has a long history, people have been hunting different animals for meat and fur since the stone age and even earlier. After all, hunting is a sport, is it not? State and local governments as well as private individuals and hunting clubs are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands more. Well news flash, they're gone because they were a threat and we won. The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. They spend money feeding and managing the very animals they target. Ethel, I agree about killing animals just for sport. 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. But hunting may be a good thing for the environment: They keep their rifles and their shooting skills in top condition to help ensure a quick kill. Most, however, stun the animals with a jolt of electricity, then hang the animals upside down by one hind leg. Valley Forge National Historical Park is an excellent example of this war on “wildlife”. jeez man, i told my friend to print this out and it turned out to not be anything i needed! Predation, in animal behavior, the pursuit, capture, and killing of animals for food. 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. In the beginning, God gave man dominion over the fish, the birds, and the beasts of the earth ( Genesis 1:28 ). Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010: nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 02, 2010: That's true, HH! Hunting has a lot of negative stigma attached to it, some of it is justified and some of it is not. 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. Before spring fawning, there were said to be 574 deer remaining. It’s unpopular with many hunters due to the gardening analogy, whereas hunting is the act of taking a life. “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. The organs and unedibles made my dog very happy and the rest fed the coyotes roaming around. Many of the killing efforts of “Wildlife Services” are directed against coyotes perhaps because, unlike wolves, they are not almost extinct, but have thrived. The only thing I can see here to disagree with at all is the time of year. But again it's about knowing nature, and I can't imagine shooting a fawn. I remember one Thanksgiving, I was traveling with one of these friends. There are also animals that can be hunted all year, and I don't like that - it's BAD. And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant. They had no respect for our land, our fences, or for the animals they hunted. All of this “protection” is protection from “wildlife”. 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. All in all, between 1996 and 2004, more than 14 million animals were destroyed by the U.S. Government. 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. She got all upset, saying they killed Bambi. They were likely kept their entire lives in small pens so that they wouldn't burn calories walking around. The next phase involves the kittens themselves eating the prey. Better Yourself from North Carolina on May 07, 2012: Enjoyed your hub! Thanks for stopping by! 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. They would have us believe that “thinning the herd” is for the good of the deer. Another BAD example of hunting. At approximately 7 weeks of age, the mother will take back a prey animal and eat it in front of the litter. This exposure to prey animals is repeated, but they will also demonstrate hunting techniques on the animal. We are told, for example, that it is necessary to kill deer because there are too many, but if that were true, why do the states encourage the propagation of deer by “habitat improvement”? I did this because of the horrifying conditions in those factory farms and the cruel methods of slaughter. I have, and they're gut-wrenching. 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. Deer are said to threaten the very existence of our forests. I have friends who find deer hunting barbaric, yet they have no problem downing a steak. It is morally wrong to hunt and kill animals. I can honestly say that all the hunters I know personally are sportsmen. 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.
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