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Should big game hunting be banned for good?

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    TheBizWhizposted 21 months ago

    Zimbabwe implemented a ban on big game hunting after the killing of Cecil the lion came to light. This ban had recently been lifted, but do you think it should be permanent? Do you think other countries should follow suit by banning trophy hunting?

    1. Credence2 profile image84
      Credence2posted 21 months ago in reply to this

      I think that it is a barbaric practice. With biodiversity decreasing around the planet,  it is as Mr. Spock said in film "Star Trek, the Return Home", "It is illogical to hunt a species to extinction".

      The human family continues to demonstrate that it has a long way to go before it comes out of its infancy.

  2. Jonas Rodrigo profile image86
    Jonas Rodrigoposted 21 months ago

    Yes! It is an outdated practice that used to show a high position in society, nowadays it is also used in a similar manner but is more widely frowned down by different groups and individuals.

  3. psycheskinner profile image79
    psycheskinnerposted 21 months ago

    In many areas banning the hunting will mean a lot of land goes from supporting wildlife to rejecting wildlife and being used for developments or farming.

    So that would be a rather Pyrrhic victory.

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      TheBizWhizposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      Yes. Development is the #1 killer of animals, not legal hunting. The reality is that if people can get more money developing their farmland versus leasing it for hunting, they will take what they can get.

  4. ahorseback profile image45
    ahorsebackposted 21 months ago

    If one does a minimum investment in research  one finds that   hunters , sports man , and fishermen  not only pay their way VERY WELL ,in fact when it comes to hunting  in American states ,    For instance , sportsmen [women ]  pay so much that  even  NON-game species would suffer tremendously  in   costs and  revenues without these fee's . Look it up !

    Not only that but ,  In Pennsylvania for instance there is between a twenty  five  and thirty two percent  birthrate in  the deer population alone   PER  YEAR ,  which if un-hunted  would increase the herds  so much  each year alone  that  overpopulation  would equal  mass starvation in less than a couple of  few years , Given that the hunting kill rate alone is about the same percentage   AND That's fairly equal in number percentages all   across America ,   that means mass re-population  -per year .  Just saying !

    My point is , you don't simply STOP hunting anywhere without major repercussions ,   and  as to tax revenues alone - might as well  look at a tax increase as well --to make up for revenue losses !

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      True.  We've eliminated all the natural predators almost everywhere (in the US); without man to prevent overpopulation starvation and disease is inevitable.

      1. ahorseback profile image45
        ahorsebackposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        The simplest and most  cost  AND revenue effective way to control over population in American states is hunting ,  The billions of dollars  raised  by fee's licenses  AND related sportsman's  game and non- game spending  is  in a class by itself .  Just saying .

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          No argument from me.  And while I've never understood trophy hunting, I did grow up on venison and elk.  Hunting provided a large majority of our meat.

          1. Credence2 profile image84
            Credence2posted 21 months ago in reply to this

            I dunno if I am talking about a problem with hunting, I found it distasteful, but being a quiche eating liberal, I would.

            I am talking about irresponsible hunting of endangered species and all of this trophy stuff, not for food or sustenance and beneficial population control.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 21 months ago in reply to this

              Understood, just not sure how you limit trophy hunting without limiting all hunting.  And of course any endangered species should absolutely be halted completely.

              I even have a little trouble limiting trophy (non-endangered) hunting.  I don't understand it, I don't get the thrill of killing, and never will.  Which makes it very easy to tell someone else they can't do it either - much like telling gays they can't marry because I don't have the feelings they do.

  5. ahorseback profile image45
    ahorsebackposted 21 months ago

    As a hunter and growing up in a  family based heritage of  hunting and fishing , truthfully I dislike trophy hunters  a lot .  I even  find distasteful those who  , what I call , overhunt .   But then  truly , a deficit of  ethics , morality and  a conscientious  in  attitude in America is pretty widespread .  Someone who can afford to  spend $  50,000 to go and kill a lion or  exotic animal  in Africa is outside of even my understanding .

    How can ethics be a part of that decision !  I even write people that I believe over exploit  the  privileges  allowed  American sportsman ,  Razor Dobbs for one  , much like the  very vocal Ted Nugent ,  should be far more concerned with the image that they project .

    Like in all  outdoor endeavors , there are the true sportsmen  and there are those who  drift easily towards the unethical ,  I will support  the family of  ethical , honest sportsmen and women forever . Well to do trophy hunters  however  , make me nauseous   !

    1. GA Anderson profile image87
      GA Andersonposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      "...Well to do trophy hunters  however  , make me nauseous   ! "


      What about `just-scraping-by` trophy hunters? Still nauseous?

      GA

      1. ahorseback profile image45
        ahorsebackposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        GA Anderson , don't be one of those who cannot grasp that there is a difference , a big difference , between    rich trophy hunters  spending $50,000 a pop  !  I buy  $150.00  worth of licences a year for the chance to shoot a grouse   or three or possible a  whitetail deer  for meat .     That is the difference !   Maybe your outlook should be adjusted .

    2. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      I grew up with hunting and fishing as a way of life and a big part of our small communities economy. I trust that the majority of sportsmen and women are responsible with the legal limits to protect those natural renewable resources.

      Let me tell you something though, game wardens do not go to bars if they have been doing their job.

      1. ahorseback profile image45
        ahorsebackposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        You see a game warden in a bar while on duty or even in uniform   , you should report it !

        1. colorfulone profile image88
          colorfuloneposted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Game wardens don't go to bars.

 
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