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Jalbuuna, Doris


Natural Resources & Envi Law

Sept. 26, 2015

Hunting as a Sport
HUNTING the practice of killing or trapping any animal, or pursuing it with
the intent of doing so; also called as SPORT HUNTING or TROPHY HUNTING
Same as poaching which is illegal
Hunting permits and licenses are needed to legalize the activity
Prey is usually called game
It was done by man as a means of protecting his life and family
A necessary means to acquire mans basic needs food, clothing, tools
It has become of minimal importance because of technology
Famous nowadays for being the affluent class favorite leisure activity
Trophies usually include pelts, heads, antlers, and other body parts of the
Hunters believe that by hunting they help in:
Lowering the number of overpopulated species
Removing the weak and unhealthy members of the group
Providing quick and less painful death to animals instead of letting
them suffer and die of starvation
Hunters see this activity as a way to test their skills and abilities;
surviving and outwitting their prey. In order for the hunt to be successful, the
hunter must study his equipment and weapon to be able to use it
proficiently. Hunters observe and learn the preys behavior, habits, and
Fifty-percent of white-tailed deer were wounded but not killed with
crossbows (11 out of 22). (Main Bow Hunters Alliance)
A British study of deer hunting found that 11% of deer killed by hunters
died only after being show twice or more times. Some die 15 minutes
after the infliction of wound.
More than 200 million animals are killed every year.
Bow hunting exacerbates the problem, evidenced by dozens of
scientific studies that have shown that bow hunting yields more than a
50 percent wounding and crippling rate.
The annual death toll in the U.S. includes 42 million mourning doves,
30 million squirrels, 28 million quail, 25 million rabbits, 20 million
pheasants, 14 million ducks, 6 million deer, and thousands of geese,

Jalbuuna, Doris

Natural Resources & Envi Law

Sept. 26, 2015

bears, moose, elk, antelope, swans, cougars, turkeys, wolves, foxes,

coyotes, bobcats, boars, and other woodland creatures.
Extinct Species Due to Hunting
Southern Appalachian birds
Passenger pigeon
Carolina parakeet
Easter elk
Eastern cougar
Tasmanian tiger
Great auk
West African black rhinoceros
Pyrenean ibex

Caribbean monk seal
Sea mink
Javan tiger
Bubal hartebeest
Falkland Island wolf
Zanzibar leopard
Atlas bear
Toolache wallaby


This trophy hunting usually leads to the killing of the

largest, most robust animals, which are oftentimes the leader of the
group, that help ensure the survival of the species by providing a
strong gene pool. Unfortunately, what these hunters do not understand
is that the natural predators are the ones tasked to weed out the sickly
and weak members of the species. Although diseases and starvation
are a sad way for these animals to attain death, but they are natures
own method of making sure that only the fittest and the strongest
animals survive.

If only the weakest and sickly members of the herd or

group are left, what usually happens is that the species are left with
little chance to survive, thus, leading to the extinction of that particular

In order to bring balance back into the ecosystem, there is

no need for humans to intervene. Nature has its own way to
recuperate, repair, and regenerate itself without the help of humans.
All we need to do is participate in taking care of the environment and
treasure the creatures that our Creator has bestowed upon us.