Now the forest obscures the reason why Washington chose that location, but since the park has recently become “multi-purpose” rather than primarily historical, the deer must supposedly be killed to preserve the forest that had not previously existed for several hundred years. State agencies talk about “harvesting” deer, not about slaughtering or killing them. Why on earth do I want to take down a little fawn when the doe will feed me longer? Tips for Processing and Aging Deer Meat, with Videos, Southern Cuisine: Holle's Country Fried Deer Steaks, Free Natural Hunting Scents for Whitetail Deer + Bonus Video, Deer Hunting Tips: Strategies for Placing Your Stand. It is falsely but repeatedly claimed that the deer “overpopulate”. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for meat, recreation, to remove predators that can be dangerous to humans or domestic animals, to remove pests that destroy crops or kill livestock, or for trade. I just much rather prefer to consume less meat as it's better for the environment (less farmland to feed livestock) and if I'm going to consume an animal I prefer that it is killed as humanely as possible and has lived as it should. In the medieval age, hunt was available only for upper classes of society. They keep their rifles and their shooting skills in top condition to help ensure a quick kill. I also place this in the BAD category. Having been raised in a family that depended on deer meat for food at times, and as the owner of a small farm, I've seen both sides of this coin. I also enjoyed reading the comments above this one LOL (smiling Bambi yuk yuk). Sometimes dogs would chase down and kill fawns. Hi, Maita. And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant. Better Yourself from North Carolina on May 07, 2012: Enjoyed your hub! Hunting for the sake of doing so shows an overall lack of respect for nature. I can never enjoy a steak again after this but that is not a bad thing. Compare this to hunting. And the "sport" is not without risks for human hunters — on May 19, a hunter in Zimbabwe was crushed to death by an elephant after the animal was shot by another member of his hunting party. When it was time for them to be turned into meat, they were probably forced onto a crowded truck or trailer and hauled miles to a slaughterhouse. I abhor fox hunting and killing animals for sport. Thanks for your kind words. Jesus' disciples were fishermen, and He helped them catch fish on occasion ( Luke 5:1-9 ). My main problem with hunting is just that one any population problems were originally caused by a person bringing an animal to a place where it isn't natural for it to be or over killing the animal that eats it. The shorter days of summer give way gradually to autumn and the massive slaughter of “wildlife”. They spend money feeding and managing the very animals they target. 50 Caliber from Arizona on August 13, 2010: Holle, what can I add? two is that to have no problem with killing something to eat when you are usually getting too much food as it is is slightly disturbing. A life is a life and I believe a vegan's head of lettuce felt the pain of death as much as my deer. This article is really meant for meat eaters only. Killing and Hunting. Trophy Hunting is the Killing of an Animal for Sport or Pleasure. two is that to have no problem with killing something to eat when you are usually getting too much food as it is is slightly disturbing. Constant noise and hunters showing up from every corner of the woods. Now we've got full permission to wipe them out again (people always snap to when coyotes start stalking their children-- in the 'city' part of the country, very populated places). I DON'T THINK KILLING ANIMALS IS RIGHT THERE JUST LIKE US REALLY. Complete missions to earn money and buy better rifles. Ofcourse humans are more important than animals but a humans desire for meat is that more important than the animals life? ), blood sports, or roadkill (by accident). 169-189 [accessed on 27 April 2020]. I've also seen common weeds grow straight and curve around the electric fence, and it makes me think there's so much more to plants than people realize. (General Accounting Office) report stating that “lethal management methods are a legitimate means for effectively resolving wildlife conflicts”. Local papers announced that by the spring of 2011, sharp shooters had killed 600 deer. I am a hypocrite and your hub has made me rethink the way I eat. There is the right way and the wrong way, 50. The animal rights position on hunting seems to be very clear. Between 1937 and 1983, 26,000 bears, 500,000 bobcats, 50,000 red wolves, 1,600 grey wolves, and 8,000 mountain lions were killed. Aside from being a nuisance, it is claimed that such overpopulation constitutes a danger to human life and health because deer (i) spread Lyme disease, (ii) cause vehicle accidents, (iii) destroy the forests, (iv) threaten the survival of ground-nesting birds and other mammals (that are invariably unnamed), and (v) eat peoples’ carefully planted flowers. After all, hunting is a sport, is it not? We humans are omnivorous animals on a shared planet that sustains us all. Facts reveal problems with almost all of these claims: even if there were no deer, Lyme disease would not disappear since mammals, birds and even reptiles can carry infected ticks that cause Lyme disease. Dahles, H. (1993) “Game killing and killing games: An anthropologist looking at hunting in a modern society”, Society and Animals, 1, pp. At that point, their throats are cut - while they're still alive. Do you ever stop to think that the food you consume was once a living, breathing animal? They use dogs to track the prey, and they often allow the dogs to tear the animals apart once treed. Killing an animal makes you appreciate the animal and give thanks for its sacirifice. We were on the interstate, and we passed a truck with a just-killed deer in the back. They're in agony, and it can take hours for them to finally die. Agencies don’t bother to explain that the so-often quoted “carrying capacity” is not an unchanging number that can be repeated year after year as if it did not vary, inter alia, with the weather, the kinds of vegetation, disease, and other animals competing for the same food. I don't have a problem with someone hunting to feed their family, but I don't want them doing it on my place. Now, that's not to say I'm entirely vegan. Originally farmland, any trees in the area were used to build the soldiers’ huts or to heat them. Also used is the slow acting, but deadly, Compound 1080 (sodium monofluroacetate). At the time, deer hunting with dogs was legal in our county, which we strongly disapproved of. Here is the full story and SHARK's video documentaries. In Africa trophy hunters still shoot lions, giraffes and zebras. So many times, the hunted deer does not simply "drop dead from a carefully aimed high-powered rifle" - I know this because I've had to track mortally wounded deer that inept hunters have shot. “Wildlife Services” quote the G.A.O. I don't eat meat for many of the reasons you pointed out about the cruel nature of slaughter houses and the lack of compassion for living creatures. Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 02, 2010: It is one of those subjects you debate for ever. Hunting is said to be a “sport”, but a sport suggests an encounter between two equally or closely matched partners, which is obviously not the case with deer hunting. The park rejected this offer as “inadequate”. With its beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, it draws in all kinds of travellers. You put it well together, habee, thank you. What most non-hunters don't understand is that it's the hunters who care for the populations! It had to be killed - it didn't die of natural causes. I've never understood how people who eat meat think hunting is cruel! Hunting groups refute these claims. Whatever the number, Park officials voiced satisfaction and asserted that shooting was the “most humane way to control the population”. True story! But camels, fish and locust become halal without their heads being slaughtered, as will be explained later. This still occurs to a certain degree in the West, but the environmental and game wardens have quite a bit of power and the offenders will be in a whole world of hurt if they get caught. (1994) Going wild: Hunting, animal rights, and the contested meaning of nature , … HOWEVER I DO EAT THEM. On sources: with the exception of the numbers killed, all the information concerning “Wildlife Services” comes from their website www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage. Valley Forge National Historical Park is an excellent example of this war on “wildlife”. Hunters, and indeed “Wildlife Services”, assert that hunting provides a valuable and necessary service in reducing populations of certain animals. On a hunting trip to Mongolia earlier this summer the US president’s son Donald Trump Jr killed a rare species of endangered sheep. The RSPCA opposes recreational hunting due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused to animals and strongly encourages alternative ways to demonstrate precision and accuracy using a firearm. ", http://www.projectcoyote.com/Coyotes_in_Our_Midst.pdf. There, most went without food or water until it was their time to die. Without an infinite amount of food and space, deer numbers cannot infinitely increase. I just hate the idea of slaughterhouses and the associated cruelty. They would have us believe that “thinning the herd” is for the good of the deer. "So far as we know beasts are incapable either of sin or of virtue; therefore they can neither deserve pain nor be improved by it. If they wound an animal, they track it and finish it off quickly. prettydarkhorse from US on January 02, 2010: oh habee, now I know they have to do these to animals, whew, you surely tackle the topic of hunting for everybody, nice, Maita, Habee, while I don't like going hunting personally, There are a lot of people who do and all of the people I know use the meat of the deer that they kill. When I was young hunting was fun and it was all about getting dinner. 1973’s Endangered Species Act was created largely as a result of the animal extinction caused by hunting. Not only do we have “Wildlife Services”, a part of the U.S.D.A. But hunting for food is fine, as long as you respect what you kill, make sure you do ALL you can do to end it's suffering as soon as the first shot is fired, and use the whole animal … You sure described the slaughterhouse with great detail it kept me riveted. Most popular animals to hunt are deer, hear, rabbit and duck. So the cow spends its days wandering pastures doing what cows do, and the deer wanders the forest doing what deer do. Good husbanding demands a population that can be sustained with the resources at hand. While coyotes seem to be a major target of “Wildlife Services”, deer are the favourite target of U.S. recreational or sport hunters. I've had to run coon hunters off my place several times, and had my life and the lives of my critters threatened by good ol' boys who seem to think they own the whole county. In most cases, the animals had little quality of life. Your blog is very nice i favor of Hunting and Animal Cruelty: The Good and the Bad, for making better your blog visit bellow... Nick Hanlon from Chiang Mai on August 10, 2012: Watch Animal Planet.Animals eat animals everyday.And so do we.Get used to it.And if you assume every shot is 100% lethal,than you' be right. U.S. slaughterhouses use different methods for killing. But again it's about knowing nature, and I can't imagine shooting a fawn. Hunting is often called a sport as a way to pass off a cruel, needless killing spree as a socially acceptable, wholesome activity. A deer is born in a thicket of South Georgia woods. There are also animals that can be hunted all year, and I don't like that - it's BAD. Hunting is not always good. Claiming that the deer in the 3,000 plus acre Park are increasing despite the Park’s own numbers to the contrary, it was asserted that the deer are destroying the forests and that their numbers must be reduced over a four year period to less than 200 from an estimated total of 1,277. If you're a vegan, I respect your views, but I already know your feelings on the issue. but u just said the bad in the good part! Voted up useful and awesome. There's also the problem of hunters (and I'm using the term loosely in this instance) who only hold a gun once a year, ignore highly visible "NO Hunting" signs and proceed to blast away at anything that moves. Most, however, stun the animals with a jolt of electricity, then hang the animals upside down by one hind leg. Once again, science has been ignored and habituated deer have been demonized and shot in great numbers on the basis of flawed or misrepresented information. He's then gutted, skinned, and turned into meat. Almost 100% of the males were castrated at an early age - without benefit of anesthesia or pain killers. Many non-human species also hunt - see predation. On timing though, I believe anyone with 10+ acres (around here that's what it takes to legally be considered a farm) should be able to hunt for food whenever. At least I think that's what she said. All of this “protection” is protection from “wildlife”. Maybe it met an untimely fate, but it's still miles ahead of what goes in those factory farms. ... the killing of animals. No torture at the slaughterhouse. Crops, such as rice, corn, winter wheat, fruits and nuts are protected from black birds, gulls, geese and other birds as well from deer, beaver, feral swine, coyotes, badgers, raccoons and various small mammals. Just like any other group, there are good members and not-so-good members of the hunting community. If they kill a big buck, they'll cut off the head so that it can be mounted, and they leave the rest of the meat to rot in the woods. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 03, 2010: You make good points. Hunting isn't always good. Most people who argue in favor of hunting are not arguing in favor of trophy hunting, the practice of killing an animal simply to show off its head and pelt. Nor do agencies tell us that even in the absence of predators, deer herds tend to be self-regulating. Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on October 13, 2011: First let me say that I voted this Hub Up and Interesting, and agree with every single thing you placed in the "Bad" category. Somehow, the irony was lost on her. I did this because of the horrifying conditions in those factory farms and the cruel methods of slaughter. One wonders how deer have managed to exist for millions of years without the help of humans. Well news flash, they're gone because they were a threat and we won. For example, fish farms are protected from fish-eating birds, such as cormorants, blue herons, and pelicans and also from muskrats that damage the infrastructure of aquaculture facilities. It can result in animal population reductions. Predatory animals may be solitary hunters, like the leopard, or they may be group hunters, like wolves. "As for trophy hunting, I think it is probably the kind of animal killing that most resembles murder - murder in the first degree. Next time you pick up a pound of ground beef or a pack of pork chops, think about where it came from. There are hunters who kill animals out of season, when they're caring for young. Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 02, 2010: habee - not to mention the cruelty of starvation when overpopulation occurs; and it most surely would east of the Mississippi River with out hunters, due to the lack of natural predators. The U.S. is fighting a war, not only in distant places but also at home; it is a war against free living animals. Oh quick FYI to those still against hunting because we caused this issue by killing off natural predators: I live in the country and deal with wolves, coyotes, rattlers, etc being released by me because people in the city think these animals should inhabit the area again as they used to. A typical 3-day shoot contest can kill and injure up to 15,000 birds. Predation, in animal behavior, the pursuit, capture, and killing of animals for food. I remember one Thanksgiving, I was traveling with one of these friends. So, we need to ask – why has the OFAH been so determined to have a new hunting season opened for another species of wildlife? If deer made such a horrible noise as you say then why would it take hours for them to die since you would be able to locate the deer making the "gut-wrenching noise" almost immediately? It seems so many people forget that it takes life to sustain life, and it's been *so called* proven that a tree feels pain. For example, a coyote ingesting this substance may not show any immediate symptoms, but will take hours to die. Fortunately I'm a heavily armed little hillbilly and once is usually all it takes to convince them to change their hunting ground. 7.8.2020. Fawns bleat when in distress but I have never or would I ever shoot one. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 14, 2010: Good and bad in every group, 50, and hunters are no exception. This exposure to prey animals is repeated, but they will also demonstrate hunting techniques on the animal. In the beginning, God gave man dominion over the fish, the birds, and the beasts of the earth ( Genesis 1:28 ). One day when the deer is full grown, it's out nibbling at some tender shoots, when it drops dead from a carefully aimed high-powered rifle. Posted Feb 07, 2013 Dizard, J. It is morally wrong to hunt and kill animals. From its hills, Washington could observe the British troops occupying Philadelphia. Does God Allow the Hunting and Killing of Animals? Trail hunting uses an animal-based scent for the hunt to follow and is the form many hunts have switched to following the 2005 ban. Insurance companies corroborate these statistics. You are right and I must admit I am one of those people who eats meat from the grocery store. In order to limit pain for the animals that are hunted, proper education must take place. Deer are said to threaten the very existence of our forests. I have, and they're gut-wrenching. Btw we used EVERYTHING we could from that deer, including little scraps of meat that seemed insignificant but added up and tasted wonderful in the crockpot. Similarly, the majority of car accidents occur during hunting season because the deer run from hunters. Why lions are born to be killed in South Africa . Your statement doesn't ring true with me. They hunt in season, and they eat what they kill. Now I can't speak for all hunters when I say that, but I'm sure many share the same perspective. A popular term in wildlife management circles, the act of killing or “taking” an animal. This is not always the case, however. South Africa is an extremely popular tourist destination. When their "number was up," they were prodded along with sticks, whips, and electric prods. Issue 2592: * If an animal whose meat is halal to eat, is slaughtered in the manner which will be described later, irrespective of whether it is domesticated or not, its meat becomes halal and its body becomes Clean (tahir/pak) after it has died. It plays, it mates, and if it's a female, it bears and raises young, naturally. And information on the numbers killed comes from “Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore”, copyright 2005, by the Animal Protection Institute and published by Born Free and the Animal Protection Institute, available at http://www.projectcoyote.com/Coyotes_in_Our_Midst.pdf. After years of service in the military, I went hunting and could not believe the number of people hunting. Coyotes are predators, but also scavengers, so it is not at all clear that they are responsible for the many newborn calf and lamb deaths they are accused of. Food is plentiful because the local hunters plant food plots for the deer. The Park was originally established to commemorate Washington’s encampment in the winter of 1777-1778 during the revolutionary war. Good post, it would be nice if more people shared the same sentiment. They also use traps, snares, fumigants, such as carbon monoxide, to kill young animals in dens (denning), and various poisons, as well as special killing devices such as the M-44 ejector which shoots sodium cyanide into the mouth of any animal who tries to eat the attached bait. i needed to know why u think this is good! This article was chiefly written for people who eat meat but think that hunting is cruel. It spends its life as a wild animal. Thanks for stopping by! I have to disagree with some of the other premises though, based solely on my experience. All in all, between 1996 and 2004, more than 14 million animals were destroyed by the U.S. Government. They had no respect for our land, our fences, or for the animals they hunted. I always enjoy your comments! A bird or other small prey animal is taken back to the litter. From dinosaurs to deers, in this game you get to go out to the wild and hunt all sorts of animals with a powerful hunting rifle. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 03, 2010: Thanks, Tammy Lockerman! The senses of predators are adapted in a variety of ways to facilitate hunting behavior. Killing animals simply for the sake of killing is often referred to as “slob hunting.” And this is what Ontario’s government has agreed to, after being lobbied by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). dusy7969 from San Diego, California on April 11, 2011: Hunting is not a good job.Every live thing feel pain.So hunting I think not a good job.But thanks a lot for this hub.We should stop this work and save the animal because it is creature of god. Recently I have made the switch to a primarily vegetarian diet. I hope I've given you something to think about. This allows them to "bleed out.". Some species have been driven to extinction because of hunting. Animals and Hunting Hunting for ‘sport’ is basically another way to describe the thrill of killing. Whether we eat meat or not doesn't matter, but we should definitely be at the stage in our evolution where we start to respect and protect other life forms and work towards appreciating and making the planet a more sustainable place. The organs and unedibles made my dog very happy and the rest fed the coyotes roaming around. Indeed, they tell us that since we have killed all the predators, we must take their place ignoring the fact that predators kill the very young, the sick and the old while hunters seek the healthiest and largest animals with the biggest racks (antlers). I can honestly say that all the hunters I know personally are sportsmen. It's also for hunters. But I think if you ARE going to eat meat, hunting is much kinder than pen-raised animals and slaughterhouses. Not this whole greedy scheme we have going on now where livestock is raised in a dirty prison and meets a cruel death so they can send them out of the factory like it's an assembly line. 1 Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk. It gives the hunter the advantage of actually engaging with the prey, and develops a sense of connection and appreciation for nature. And hungry+broke= what "season"? (U.S. Department of Agriculture), a federal agency that kills animals to supposedly “help” U.S. farmers, but we also have state agencies that encourage hunting. Goyakla from United Kingdom on March 31, 2011: I found this hub most informative and written in such a way that nobody could be offended by what you say. Some shoot the animals in the head with a bolt gun. Most hunters who follow specific hunting seasons are also conservationists who work to preserve open land for future generations. My father-in-law helped put a stop to deer hunting with dogs in our neck of the woods. thanks a lot. Deer, squirrel, and rabbit have fed my family when we would have went hungry otherwise. Thanks for reading and commenting! As a result, he received several death threats, and one of our barns was burned down. I hope to enlighten them - or to at least give them some points to consider. At approximately 7 weeks of age, the mother will take back a prey animal and eat it in front of the litter. The killing of animals is animal euthanasia (for pain relief), animal sacrifice (for a deity), animal slaughter (for food), hunting (for food, for sport, for fur and other animal products, etc. The only thing I can see here to disagree with at all is the time of year. Killing animals in any situation is going to cause this, the only way to avoid this, is to stop eating meat products, altogether. Kendall H. from Northern CA on January 02, 2010: Thank you very much for this hub! Bible verses about killing animals. Your goal is to kill a specific amount of animals within the time limit. Sheep and cattle, particularly lambs and calves are protected from predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, bears, wolves, foxes, bobcats and eagles. They were likely kept their entire lives in small pens so that they wouldn't burn calories walking around. Very interesting point of view. I've never once heard a deer make a noise after being shot with a gun or an arrow. Animal hunting has a long history, people have been hunting different animals for meat and fur since the stone age and even earlier. 14th September 2011. When you hunt an animal, that animal has lived the way it was intended to. The next phase involves the kittens themselves eating the prey. An organisation offered to fund the contraception of all the deer and to fence the forest areas. Before spring fawning, there were said to be 574 deer remaining. Hunting destroys animal families and habitats, and leaves terrified and dependent baby animals behind to starve to death. I have friends who find deer hunting barbaric, yet they have no problem downing a steak. thanks for visiting, my friend! It saved us about half the meat bill for the winter. We are told, for example, that it is necessary to kill deer because there are too many, but if that were true, why do the states encourage the propagation of deer by “habitat improvement”? Hunting has a lot of negative stigma attached to it, some of it is justified and some of it is not. It was kind of hard to understand her around her cheeseburger. Agencies don’t bother to inform the public that deer populations depend on food supply. Are there any alternatives to recreational hunting that do not involve killing animals? “Wildlife Services” supposedly protects aquaculture, agriculture, and resources, such as buildings, vehicles, homes, golf courses, as well as humans from “wildlife attacks” and “wildlife diseases”, even aircraft safety. Honestly though because its a waste of time. It does seem to be about your raising, and a lot of people I know from the city had no clue where meat came from. Ethel, I agree about killing animals just for sport. Several animal species have been hunted to endangered levels because some part of the creature was deemed to be valuable. Another BAD example of hunting. WebscapeOutdoors from Michigan, USA on January 11, 2012: Hillbilly Zen, I've deer hunted for well over thirty years and have taken many deer over these years. Today we just have to much of everything, every where and I have never gone hunting again. It’s unpopular with many hunters due to the gardening analogy, whereas hunting is the act of taking a life. Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence. Great Hub! It felt like a battlefield and I was wondering if someone was looking through their scope and seeing me. The PACT Act allows for "hunting, trapping, fishing, a sporting activity not otherwise prohibited by Federal law, predator control, or pest control" and "the slaughter of animals for food." Whales and some African animals have become endangered due to hunting issues. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010: nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 02, 2010: That's true, HH! These agencies talk about the ever “bourgeoning deer herds”. Hunting is the practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wild animals. Nevertheless, according to statistics gathered by the Animal Protection Institute and published by Born Free and the Animal Protection Institute, nearly six million of these doglike creatures were killed by the U.S. Federal Government from 1916-1999, and almost two million since 1976. Killing Contests: Cruel and Cowardly in Pennsylvania Pigeon shoots are competitions wherein hundreds to thousands of live birds are shot at to win prizes. great resourse i think im a vegitarian now. They probably never got to be a cow, or a chicken, or a pig. Even with hunting restrictions in place, poaching, which is illegal hunting… No one stops to think that if deer destroyed their own habitat, they would soon starve to death. I am bit of an on off meat eater. I wish more people who want to outlaw hunting could understand that it is not all about 'killing bambi'. The means used by the agency include shooting and aerial gunning, and the encouragement of hunting including hunting with dogs as a means of reducing populations. Some hunters of racoons and oppossums hunt just for the killing. State and local governments as well as private individuals and hunting clubs are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands more. Killing your house pets would be a problem and that is animal cruelty, but there is nothing wrong with hunting for food.Animals were even used for clothing in Scripture. I also agree with you that most hunters are considerate, good stewards of the land, but I refuse to call them a "sportsmen" until the deer are carrying those high-powered rifles, too ;). Is it because deer are cuter than cows and pigs? Wild Animal Hunting is a free online hunting simulator, perfect for those who want to try their skills without hurting real animals. It's terribly wrong. lol. Now be honest - which seems kinder to you? Some researchers believe that these numbers are low since many states do not keep accurate figures of the animals killed. Since the bullet travels faster than the speed of sound, the deer never even heard the shot.