Originating all the way back to caveman times, hunting was a skill used to capture wildlife that was not domesticated and was used for practical purposes like food and clothing for warmth. Today, however, hunting has a totally different definition and there are now different forms including food, sport, trophy and even internet hunting. In my opinion, hunting is just an excuse for men or women to go outdoors to socialize and play with guns. We're in the 21st century, so we don't need to rely on humans to hunt game in order to survive. Our society is more modernized so we have other means of obtaining meat, although most hunters of today mostly go out to hunt for something to hang over their mantle and to collect money.Is that worth an innocent animal's life? I don't think so.
As of 2011, hunting is legal and is restricted in very few areas. Hunting is done on both public and private lands, but mostly on public lands like federal parks, forests and wildlife refuges. This information astonished me because these areas are supposed to be sheltering wildlife when instead, they're endangering them. Public places are supposed to be safe for civilians, not a place where you're dodging crossfire and watching the wildlife die in front of your eyes. The hunters that are doing such acts are usually pulling their trigger without a license. There is an estimated 3-5 million that are hunting illegally without a license.
According to PETA's website, 50% of animals who are shot with crossbows are wounded but not killed. This statistic is just one of the giant red flags that shows how inhumane hunting is. Its "purpose" is supposed to kill the animal, but half the time it doesn't even succeed. There are many other accidental victims from hunting accidents that can injure and even kill animals like horses, cows, dogs, cats and even people. All of these innocent creatures are put in danger because of a human being's drive to kill. This cruel sport not only does damage physically, but it also disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families of wildlife.
The Endangered Species List has grown significantly over the past decade and hunters are very much to blame. Many of the animals that get imported are species protected under the Endangerment Species Act (ESA). This shows how careless people are when they're holding a gun. As long as it looks good and it's an easy target, they get killed. Hunters tend to kill the most attractive and built animals, who generally are the healthiest and strongest animals that keep the population strong. The populations of different groups of wildlife are suffering due to the fact that the strong and healthy ones are getting shot down, which leaves the weak and unhealthy to reproduce. Hunters claim that they are "helping reduce overpopulation" by killing. Little do they know, natural predicators are the ones that help maintain the balance of ecosystems by killing off only the sickest and weakest while keeping the healthy and strong. Animals have no way of defending themselves against us humans, so how is hunting a fair sport?
Hunting was a crucial part of human survival 100,000 years ago, but now it's nothing more than a violent form of recreation. What are your thoughts? Do you agree that all forms of hunting should be banned?