Hunting for the thrill may be a sport to you, but it is a life to the animal. The downsides of hunting season are enough to create change.
Animal Cruelty at Its Finest
When I hear about hunting, animal cruelty is what rings in my ears. Hunting season is especially cruel because hunters are not hunting for the original reason: survival. There is no need to hunt innocent animals in the forest for food when there is probably a grocery store closer to you than the forest you traveled to.
Hunting causes much pain and suffering. How can it be fun to kill an animal? To watch them struggle during their last minutes of life? There are many incidents where hunters shoot animals and fail to kill them, causing the animal to flee while severely injured. This causes the animal to endure long, painful deaths; something that should never be wished on any living thing.
The hunted animal is not the only one who feels pain. Think about the family that is now destroyed. Some animals are extremely dependent on their family ties and that’s how they are brought up in the wild. They need their parents just like we do when we are young. If a mother is killed, the babies are forced to live as orphans.
There Are Danger Risks
If you notice, during hunting season there are a lot more accidents. More car accidents dealing with deer running into the road occur, likely because they are running in fear. Non-target victims such as dogs, hikers, and even hunters are at risk of becoming a casualty. There has been multiple incidents where hunters shoot at the wrong target and where the hunters get attacked by other animals that feel threatened by them.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year. These numbers are not to be taken lightly!
Hunting Destroys the Ecosystem
The ecosystem was created by itself and is meant to survive by itself. Because of hunting, nature is disrupted. Some hunters like to think they are helping with conservation or population control, but that’s simply not true. If you can remember, Charles Darwin ‘s theory of natural selection explains how the strongest animals are left to survive and pass down their genes. Meanwhile, hunters like to kill the strongest animals for a sense of pride and this stops the ecosystem from thriving.
Some may think that this is an extreme, but hunting can contribute to extinction. Proof of this includes the Tasmanian tiger, the great auk, the eastern cougar and the eastern elk. A pattern that supports this is the increased number of tuskless animals in Africa. This is believed to be connected to elephant poaching. It is truly sad that we have control over the existence of other living creatures, who were on this planet before us, and we are wiping them out. In the UK, foxhunting caused so much controversy that it was banned, but it still goes on illegally.
How You Can Help
Murder is murder, but you don’t have to feel helpless. First off, a little knowledge goes a long way. Sharing your knowledge about the downsides of hunting, aside from your personal opinions, can be eye opening. Secondly, shut down the excuses. My favorite one is that hunting is just another “sport”. Hunting involves innocent, unaware animals being forced to participate in a game that ultimately ends in death.
Supporting wildlife and conservation groups is a great way to take action in the defense of animals. Posting “no hunting” signs in the wooded areas around you will also spread anti-hunting awareness. To end on a good note, watch the feel good video below that displays the power of compassion that wild animals are capable of. Hopefully the hunter’s interaction with the deer changed his mind about hunting season, and can change everyone else’s as well.