AP English 11
Killing for the Better
How hunting helps our lives, without us even knowing
. From an outsider’s perspective, hunting may be seen as many different things. Some see hunting as bad, you kill animals as a sport and you stop a beating heart. Which this is true, but you must also know that there are different types of hunting. I categorize hunting into 3 sections, hunting for food, hunting for fun, and hunting to kill.
. Examples of all of these are easy to see but are sometimes hard to distinguish. This is where many mix views come in for hunting. Recently there was that dentist who shot the ‘king’ lion with a black mane in Africa. This is hunting to kill, you have no intent to eat the animal, you don’t care where it came from, you don’t care what it is as long as it’s a trophy. This sheds a bad light on hunting and the community, making it look like hunters just like to shoot things. And some do, but we must focus on the bigger group which is hunting for fun. Many hunters go out looking for a good time, it doesn’t matter if you come back with anything, you just need memories (although an animal helps). Finally there’s hunting for meat. Which is pretty self explanatory, you need meat, so you shoot a bear. Simple, not touched upon much, mainly because it’s not a common occurrence here in the U.S. anymore.
. So what’s this got to do with this paper? Well I’ll tell you. Many people (especially in recent events) see hunting as an annoyance or over look it. And I’m telling you, you must not do that. Hunting well it may have many stereotypes to be bad or hurtful, is not. It is helpful much more than hurtful, and hopefully you’ll realize the valuable tools hunters are.
. Hunters are a major factor for a healthy ecosystem, believe it or not. It may sound like the opposite, since hunting is, well, literally hunting. You’re killing things, that can’t possibly help because you’re destroying something. Well this, is somewhat wrong. Well yes you are killing things, hunting can help with population and invasive species. Hunting can get stereotyped as stepping on your back porch and shooting whatever you see. This is incorrect, there is a very complicated system you must go through to hunt certain areas at certain times with certain weapons. The government works with hunters, and encourages hunters. We can be used as a tool for getting numbers down, or up. Look at the southern U.S., more specifically, Texas. They have a huge feral hog problem, because of high breeding, and until recently, low hunting. Texas (and other states) are now making it very easy for people to trap or shoot these animals. And scientist have found that we must eliminate more than half of their total population each year to keep numbers looking good. They ruin lots of agricultural land and farmers hate them. Well thanks to the outdoorsmen of Texas it’s getting quite a bit better. This is a prime examples of good hunting and killing for the good of everyone, as cynical as that sounds. So if you’re ever in Texas looking for some bacon, they’ve got quite a bit.
. This is a prime example of how an environment can be changed for the better, with help. Well it hasn’t completely stopped the problem, it is one way to solve it. I’m all in favor of these hunts, and why wouldn’t you be. They are causing a serious commotion and a simple easy way to fix it is kill them off. And the locals love it, they get to hunt more for cheaper for more food and they are protecting their land. It’s just a win win situation.
. Even if you’re against the act of killing, then at least take into account how much hunters are paying. People don’t realize how much it really cost to hunt, and where does most of that money go? Right back into the environment. Well costs are a little lower for children under 18, this just encourages younger hunters. For example, say you want to go deer hunting in Washington. Not particularly known for their hunting but good hunting none the less. If you’re over 18 and living in Minnesota (as we are) for one deer it’s going to cost you $434.30, just let that sink in. Or how about this, you can get a discounted rate of you buy it with another tag, like the elk-deer tag, I mean elk could be fun, right? Oh well that’s going to cost $739.00, ouch. Even look closer to home, right here in Minnesota there are 578,000 hunters in the state. They make up to 59.4% of the Minnesota DNR’s spending budget, which is about 18,000,000 dollars. Which goes to support the habitats, research and other groups helping the wildlife. And then on top of that if you add the hunting related items, such as clothing, stamps, tax and equipment, it takes about 84% of the 31,000,000 dollar budget they have. And this just goes to show whether you support the killing aspect of it or not, you have to appreciate the economical value to it.
. This makes it extremely clear to show hunters are for the better. Whether you are a scientist or economist you can see hunting is good. The only point that people can really make against it is over hunting, inhumane hunting, or just being against the killing of animals, which could fit into both. Each have their own answer but each person also is different.
. Take over hunting, well not seen much, it is occasionally and in the past. It is true that this can happen and when it does it can be catastrophic, but it normally doesn’t. We’ve seen this happen with the American Bison and beaver, but not anymore. The government has huge amounts of people working to make sure everything stays in order and it’s not like some redneck just decides it’s time to kill as many animals as they want. It’s a science not a guess.
. For inhumane hunting, it really depends what kind it is. Not much “inhumane” hunting still exists today and I don’t see any in my line of hunting. Well you may consider trapping inhuman, usually it doesn’t make the animal suffer for long or at all until you kill it. Those old fashion ‘bear traps’ you see have been long out of business because they would torture the animal and make them bleed out if even die. So on the off chance a ‘inhumane’ technique is still out there, it probably will be or is banned.
. Finally for being against the killing of animals, it is usually tied in and goes with the other ones. Hunters are not doing it to hurt the animal and usually don’t, or much. We respect animals and don’t like to see them suffer. Even in hunters safety they teach you not to shoot at an animal if it’s not in a vital spot, or a spot that won’t badly wound it. You also have to know, without hunting overpopulation is a problem and the animals would kill each other. There would be not enough food and they would starve. I personally think starving is a long torturous process that leads to misery. Why would we leave an animal to do that when there are other options. Just a thought.
. Hunting, hopefully by now we can all understand it’s something we must protect and incourage. It is something that can be overlooked or given bad light because of bad stories and a few bad apples, but you must understand that this is not all of us. And even if you yourself do not wish to hunt or enjoy it, let other people and don’t hurt other people’s good fun. Hunting is quite the hobby and hunters are quite the tool, if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend you do!
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