The Benefits Of Hunting

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Each year in the U.S. “42 million mourning doves, 30 million squirrels, 28 million quail, 25 million rabbits, 20 million pheasants, 14 million ducks, 6 million deer, and thousands of geese, bears, moose, elk, antelope, swans, cougars, turkeys, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, boars, and other woodland creatures” are killed at the hands of hunters (IDAUSA). Hunting is a controversial “sport” practiced by many and disliked possibly by as many or more people. Long have people practiced hunting, but as times progressed and food became more and more accessible, the necessity dwindled. Hunting affects more than just the hunted animals; it affects the whole ecosystem. Hunting is purposeless, inhumane, and damaging.
When countries weren’t as developed as they are now, hunting was necessary as it was the only way to obtain meat. Currently, this is quite the opposite; for the majority of Americans, it is much easier and cheaper to go to the grocery store for dinner than to kill an animal. Except for very remote places, there is no need to hunt for survival. Driving to a location, buying
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The great auk and Tasmanian tiger have gone extinct due to hunting, and these aren’t the only species (PETA). Hunting can also be a danger to the ecosystem. The ecosystem is made to balance itself, and hunters can damage this fragile balance. Too many predators can be killed and mess up the predator/prey dynamic. With hunters that participate in canned exotic game, if these non-native escape, they can destroy the niches in the ecosystem they are introduced to. Hunting can also harm non-targeted animals and humans. It’s not uncommon for hunters to accidentally shoot domestic animals, hikers, and other hunters. Less than 5% of the U.S. population hunts, but they affect the entire population with the damage they cause (PETA). The destruction triggered by hunting is not an even balance to the benefits

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