What is hunting?

Hunting is the practice of pursuing living animals (usually wildlife) for food, recreation, or trade. In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. Hunting used to be the only source of meat, for humans. Mostly males hunted to feed their families. As the world has developed, hunting for food has gone down, and hunting for sports and recreation has gone up. There are many benefits of hunting, including the massive contribution to the economy. There are also negative effects of hunting, including species extinction. One must think to themselves, is it really worth it?

Positive and Negative Affects of Hunting

Positive
-Helps maintain certain species of wildlife by keeping the population from exceeding capacity.
-Provides beneficial food source
-Hunters and sportsman provide millions every year to improve wildlife.
-large economic benefit to wild life conservation through hunting equipment taxes, hunting license sales, and usage fees
-Money spent yearly by hunters on equipment, hunting trips, and guide services

Negative
-Endangers species if over hunting occurs.
-Interferes with natural predation
-Promotes gun violence
-The current system of wildlife management has been nothing more than a biological, ecological, and social disaster for wildlife populations
-contributes to over population rather than controlling it

Did you Know?
-Hunting has existed since the beginning of the man.
-Hunting is used for recreational purposes (sporting).
-Less than 7% of Americans hunt.
-60% of wildlife are permitted to be hunted.
-More than 200 million animals are killed every year due to hunting.


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