Following the story of cecil the lion and another recent story involving the death of the biggest elephant to be killed in over 30 years, i thought I would ask you guys what your thoughts are.
I’m an ecologist in the making, currently in my second year of uni studying ecology and conservation, so it’s fair to say that I love animals. However, I try not to let this cloud my judgement when it comes to the subject of hunting as I have been presented with some undeniable facts that it can in fact help with conservation. It doesn’t help though, as it still breaks my heart whenever i see one of these magnificent animals being killed for sport.
However, hunters pay big money to hunt these animals which is directly injected into national parks. Let’s face it, they don’t want these animals to go extinct because they want to continue hunting. This is called ecotourism and its big business.
What are your thoughts on the subject? These hunters pay anywhere between $40k to $100k which is a lot of money for locals in poorer communities. In genuine cases, this money is invested into the wildlife park the animal was taken from.
It’s a very sad state of affairs and i hate hunting, but I cannot deny its economic benefits. One of my personal goals is to shift ecotourism away from hunting to a friendlier alternative. I want to make seeing these animals alive a more attractive prospect than shooting them.
what are your thoughts?
Most Helpful Girl
Well, not all hunters go off to these various countries to hunt big game like that. I go deer hunting some, my family eats what we kill. Therefore, I have no real issues with hunting. However, I don't agree with killing just for the sake of killing. In my opinion, if someone isn't going to eat the animal then why kill it? Unless of course the animal was attacking them and it was done in self-defense or in defense of livestock. For instance, where I live, coyotes have become a problem as they may attack livestock, so in that case, farmers have the right to protect their animals.
In fact, coyotes were actually released where I live by the state as a way to control the deer population, except it backfired and the coyote population is now getting out of hand. When you think about it that way, hunting is a better way of handling the deer population as opposed to just releasing coyotes here since hunting can be controlled. As it stands, firearm deer hunting season is a little less than two months long where I live.
So, while some may not like it, not all hunters are "evil animal-haters." There are plenty of people who respect the animal they kill and use that animal to feed their families rather than just killing it for sport and not using it for any other purpose. That being said, the type of hunting you are talking about in your question here is different. I can't think of anyone that would eat a lion or an elephant so like I said at the beginning of my response, I really don't see the point in killing animals like that.2
Most Helpful Guy
More Americans walk into the woods as hunters every year than there are soldiers in every military in the world combined.
Hunters were the original conservationists, keeping animal populations under control so the species can thrive. I know one girl who LOVES animals and she's a deer hunter.
I love animals myself but I'm looking at getting into the hunting game. I was driving into work a couple years ago and saw a Honda Element hit a deer, the deer didn't die from the impact though, it got up and ran away, or tried to as there was a big red hole where it's right front shoulder should have been. You're telling me a.300 Winmag to its chest is a worse way for that deer to die than for it to be hit by a small car and die from horrendous injuries like that?
As for trophy hunters, people always seem to forget that the meat from those big kills goes to the local villages nearby, it's not like they kill the animal, take its head then leave the body to rot, they put it to good use.
Obviously, I think hunting is a very positive thing.0