Persuasive Essay: Should Trophy Hunting Be Banned?

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Trophy hunting has been around for many years. The issue with trophy hunting has been an ongoing argument on whether they should ban the “sport” or if they should leave it the way it is. Trophy hunting should be illegal because it is morally wrong, wasteful, and kills off endangered species. It is morally wrong because they are killing these animals for the sport of it. Trophy hunting is wasteful because they don’t use the entire animal's body. This also kills off endangered species which can cause a dramatic change in the populations of other animals.

The reason why trophy hunting should be completely banned is because it is morally wrong. Sharks are often hunted by people for their fins. The finned sharks are often thrown back into the ocean alive, where they do not die peacefully: unable to swim properly and bleeding profusely, they suffocate or die of blood loss. (Fairclough) Many who oppose the trophy hunt agree that sustainable hunting can be
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The shark fin trade is an example of why it is wasteful. Fishermen choose to keep just the shark fins—only one to five percent of a shark’s weight—and throw the rest of the shark away rather than have the less valuable parts take up space on the boat. (Fairclough) Hunting animals should have a reason behind it. There should never be a reason to hunt for the fun of it. A study on the economic benefit behind the lion hunting in Africa concluded, “The suggestion that trophy hunting plays a significant role in African economic development is misguided…Revenues constitute only a fraction of a percent of GDP and almost none of that ever reaches rural communities.” (Croswell) The actions that hunters make by killing animals for pleasure does not help conservation in the wild and all it does is create issues. It also leads to the extinction of a species which can create a problem in the animal

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