The Benefits Of Human Hunting

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The second highly controversial function hunting works to serve is to benefit the environment by balancing and enriching it. This function is not only controversial to animal rights activists because it employs methods they find deplorable (Francione, 18), but also because they contest that hunting damages the environment rather than enriching it. (Dizard, 64-65). I believe that despite it 's bad reputation, hunting in the United States serves a greater service than disservice by maintaining a much needed balance in our environment. It is true that in the past human hunting has been the primary cause for many species ' extinction and may be in part the cause of our modern skewed ecosystem, but the benefits to the environment hunting now …show more content…
The government 's guidelines exist to allow hunters to only kill certain individuals in a species to prevent birthrates in a species from getting to low. The government also provides guidelines as to what type of ammunition hunters can use as to not poison the environment while they do so (National Wildlife Health Center, Lead Poisoning). By thinning out animals in this way hunters safely decrease populations of animals that the government considers to be pests, renewable, and sustainable. Considering the alternatives, the alternatives being starve to death due to overpopulation, get run down out of your home by human vehicles trying to find new space, or dying of thirst or cold, or having your throat ripped out by a bear, hunting is a more humane option to maintaining balance in the …show more content…
It 's economic and environmental benefits greatly outweigh it 's negative aspects- the rare instances of friendly fire or animal suffering- and we should not judge hunting as a destructive, unnecessary sport because of it 's unfortunate past consequences. Hunting is no longer endangering the lives of thousands of species as it was fifty or hundreds of years ago, modern hunting does not take away more than it should away from the environment and instead now provides a much needed balance in order to continue conservation efforts and expand the natural diversity of our country. Hunting is necessary because as we can see from the example of deer, nature gives us too much for a modernizing and expanding world to handle, and the minor drawbacks currently associated with hunting are no where near as equal to the large benefits it provides America 's people, animals, and

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