Hunting Is Not Only Sustainable

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Hunting has been a way of life and means of survival for many different people groups throughout history. Today however, a large portion of society is becoming less tolerant towards hunting. This anti-hunting sentiment comes as a result of poor hunting practices in the past which damaged wildlife populations; however, much has been done since then to improve the practice of hunting. Hunting today both sustains and helps conserve wildlife. Hunting practices today are sustainable because of strict regulations which are based on continuous research. This research requires money, much of which is generated through hunting. Hunters also generally have a high level of respect for wildlife which is important for promoting conservation in the face…show more content…
While using resources is a good thing, it is important to balance short term needs with the needs of future generations by taking care of the environment (179). By this definition, we can see that sustainability is a complex issue that requires much thought and planning in order to protect the future. Many people who are opposed to hunting believe that it is not sustainable. This notion probably comes from an instance in the past when hunting practices were not sustainable. In the past, decisions were made based almost entirely on economic growth, while protecting the environment was only an afterthought. An example where poor hunting practices had a negative effect on the environment was the near extinction of the North American Bison in the 1800s. During this time, there was a high demand for bison hides (Isenberg 130) so “hunters pushed the species to the brink of extinction” (2) in order to meet the demands of growing industries. Although there were other factors involved such as “the harsh grassland environment itself” (2), overhunting played a significant role in the near extinction of buffalo in North America. This and other examples like it are likely what people think of when they say that hunting is unsustainable. Although hunting played a role in the depletion of many animal populations in the 1800’s, hunting itself was not responsible for this, it was “[u]nregulated killing [that] caused such depletions” (Heffelfinger 401). Much has
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