HUNTING IS NOT A SPORT BECAUSE THE PREY DOESN’T KNOW IT’S IN THE GAME.
Hunting is often called a sport as a way to pass it off as a socially acceptable, wholesome activity. However, sports involve competition between two consenting parties and the mediation of a referee. No sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant that didn’t even know it was in the game.
The hunter has an advantage over their prey. There is no fair chase as rifles, shotguns, and bows and arrows give the animal little chance of outrunning, let alone fighting. Further, “free range” as defined today rarely implies the vast wilderness that large game once roamed.
HUNTING FOR FOOD:
The number of domestic farm or factory raised animals is into the hundreds of millions whereas the prey in the wild is scarce and there to keep the balance of nature. Farm animals are the basic food that feeds the nation. Wild animals do little to satisfy a hungry population. Hunters rarely eat their kill, and often mount their trophy and hang it on their wall or leave it to be eaten by other animals or a hungry village.
Hunting is not a necessity to feed us or protect us. Rather, it is an ego driven sport where hunters typically select the biggest and strongest of the species….kind of a reverse evolution. Rather than strengthen the breed, they weaken future offspring. Hunting is 3rd on the list of causes of extinction.
HUNTING AS CONSERVATION:
The idea that hunters are conservationist is groundless as hunters’ investment in habitat protection has nothing to do with the habitat itself and everything to do with ensuring future hunting opportunities. This unnecessary violent form of “entertainment” rips animal families apart and leaves countless animals orphaned unable to care for themselves or badly injured when hunters miss their targets.
Hunting also disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves and geese, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities.
Stop hunting and start filming. A kill is celebrated once by the hunter, a video can be viewed and enjoyed many times over.
PS: The world’s largest elephant was killed a few years ago, see images below.