Smart Rifles And Drones Are Making Hunting Unethical Essay

1920 Words Nov 25th, 2015 8 Pages
Smart Rifles and Drones are Making Hunting Unethical

“One thing I’m certain of is that if we ever become slaves to our technology, we can no longer call ourselves hunters” (Carmichel). Jim Carmichel, firearms expert and author for Outdoorlife.com, was talking about smart rifles and how people are becoming more and more dependent on the new technologies in hunting. He believes that this is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in the argument of fair chase. Fair Chase, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.” So the big question is whether or not these new technologies should be allowed in fair chase. Smart rifles take all the skill out of shooting and minimize human error in shooting, these new technologies take the “fair” out of “fair chase”, and new drones and smart technologies are unethical in hunting. Smart rifles, drones, and similar technologies should be banned in the United States because using them is unethical and does not support the fair chase of wildlife. Accuracy and shooting is one of the most important skills to have as a hunter, and smart rifles take all skill out of shooting. Smart rifles are a new technology that were unveiled in 2011 and the most prominent feature is their “never miss” system (Tracking Point). That is what a smart rifle is, it…

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