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Posted 7/21/15 , edited 7/21/15
I fish a little, but even then I always release what I catch immediately. I tolerate regulated hunting but it is something I find immensely distasteful and cannot for the life of me see the appeal of.
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Hunting for food is fine, humans are predators after all. Trophy hunting can actually be beneficial if it's properly managed. Don't get me started on canned hunting, though - that's just awful.
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I kill them all

And eat them
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I hunt but I use almost everything off the animal. Meat, bones, hide, fat. I also don't hunt in stands so that makes it more of a challenge for me.
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Hunting is necessary in many places. Where I live for example, if we stopped hunting deer they would eventually overpopulate and start entering cities, overrunning the countryside, harming the ecosystem, spreading disease etc. Gator hunting is big business in Florida for the same reasons. Hunting is not just for sport. If people stopped hunting the government would have to come up with another way to handle those animal populations that go out of control, like they do in cities with rodents, cats and dogs.

Humans have been hunting as long as there have been people. Why not say we should stop farming, building houses, etc.?

Why not take issue with the livestock industry which kills trillions of animals in factory farms? What about industrial agriculture which is the largest cause of deforestation/water pollution and is responsible for driving countless species to extinction. We are talking entire ecosystems destroyed across huge swathes of the country to make room for mass farming. A person who hunts/eats wild game is being far more humane and conscious of the environment than a vegetarian who relies on industrial agriculture.

I could go on but the point is that hunting is rarely as evil and inhumane as some people like to claim. There are a few bad examples but most hunters are for more in tune with nature than the hypocrites who deride them.
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kinga750 wrote:

Humans have been hunting as long as there have been people. Why not say we should stop farming, building houses, etc.?


While the rest of your argument is kind of ok, this point in particular is fairly bad. Farming and building houses is a lot more necessary for living than the population control of other animals.

Regardless, there are some animals that don't need to be hunted. Such as foxes and endangered species like Pandas.
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ILuvCats11 wrote: Dont hunt. Ever. For sport or for food. Its just mean and wrong and theres enough abuse of animals in the world already.

Its a difference between hunting and torture..
Know how to hunt else please don't do it.
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Buckerss wrote:
While the rest of your argument is kind of ok, this point in particular is fairly bad. Farming and building houses is a lot more necessary for living than the population control of other animals.

Regardless, there are some animals that don't need to be hunted. Such as foxes and endangered species like Pandas.


Without animal control cities can not exist. Hunting is a fundamental aspect of life, not just for humans but for all carnivores/omnivores.

Yes there are bad examples of hunting. Poaching endangered species being the most obvious.

But keep in mind most of those endangered species became endangered due to causes other than hunting. It could be agriculture, urban expansion etc. It's not often that hunting is the sole cause of a species going extinct, though it certainly does great harm once they are already endangered.

For example Pandas are endangered not because people shot too many of them, but because human expansion has destroyed their natural habitat, combined with their naturally low birth rates. Throw in a species specific disease epidemic and even thriving species populations can quickly become endangered, and thus ultra-vulnerable to poachers.
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If you live off the land and have to hunt to survive then it's ok, but for fun or sport, don't see the point in it. But people that do it for fun don't see that they're ending lives for no reason. They just like pointing their gun at something almost as dumb as they are. I wish it was legal to hunt idiots!
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If you kill small animals for sport then you are nothing short of a sociopath.
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The general consensus here seems to be that hunting for survival is ok, but hunting for sport is not.

I agree.

If you're going to kill an animal, you'd better be eating the entire thing.
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Could care less if someone hunts for sport or not, but yeah if you're going to kill something at least put the meat to good use.

I go deer hunting every year and fishing every weekend. Have for 30+ years now. I only shoot the deer I plan to keep though. For fish I just throw them back in the water if they aren't big enough to eat.

I have to say though, I do find satisfaction in watching a deer take its laste breath. I respect the animal nonetheless though. Quite tasty too.
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Hunting for fun or as a sport is pointless and a waste of resources. Doing it for survival should be the only exception.
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Hunting is somewhat of a subject that I feel most are detached from entirely, seeing that it's not exactly common anymore.
Unless of course you live in a place where hunting is common.

I for one think of hunting as something that deserves a lot more recognition. It's humanity's birthright in survival.
It's how we got by for thousands of years and the purpose of hunting is so much more versatile than a simple food source.
Keeping the population at a fair amount can mean the difference between whether you'd get through winter or not (or general survival)

Hunting for sport is fine too, I don't mind. It's not something I choose to indulge in, in spite of having been given the choice many times before (my uncle is a very passionate hunter) other animals do this too, it's not exclusive to humans.
Just look at a regular housecat for one.

Poaching on the other hand, is disgusting.
Because of humanity's sheer size, we have to recognize and be consciously aware of the consequences that can come from hunting and thinning populations, and these kind of people are not only aware of this, they shit all over it for money.

I guess what I'm trying to say is; Hunting is far too versatile a subject to be squeezed into just one statement. There are many different reasons and ways to hunt.

EDIT: I'm sorry, but I feel I have to add that talking against hunting for sport can only possibly stem from either ignorance or just sheer hypocrisy. Everyone has at one point or another threatened some animal's existance. Your sheer presence is detrimental to animal life, and we choose to live like this because of tradition, not because we must.

Humanity lived naturally off of fair amounts of resources and land without wiping entire species.
So without coming off too hostile, all I ask of you, is to be a little more reasonable if you are going to talk against someone for shooting a duck or a fox on occasions.

You know what else is pointless? keeping all of our apperatuses and devices ON at all times.
It contributes to a growing issue in form of global warming which indirectly leads to the death of entire species.
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Posted 7/21/15
Hunting for sport is wrong.

Hunting for food is better. What irks me is how people hunt. Throw feed, wait and then shoot. That isn't hunting, that is just...? If you really want to hunt you need to stalk your prey then eat it. I guess I like hunting in the traditional sense.
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