Hunting—sport, tradition or barbarism?
A century ago, the deer population was endangered due to the environmental disturbances brought on by the development of cities and towns. In recent years, however, the deer population has increased dramatically. In fact, most native deer species in the United States have recovered.
Hunting advocates say that the recovery of the deer population is partly due to all the money that hunters pay in licenses and fees to be able to hunt. This money goes to local governments and is used to create safe habitats for native animals, like deer, to thrive.
Deer overpopulation in some areas can cause problems for humans who live in or near their habitat. Deer collisions with cars can cause serious injury. Deer can damage gardens and crops. Hunters argue that hunting helps with these problems by reducing the number of deer to a natural level. They say that if you care about helping native species, you should accept the role that hunting can play in their survival.
Other people believe that it is unnatural for humans to hunt at all. They point out that when a tiger preys on a wild boar in nature, it does not need a shotgun. They say that the argument that it is natural for humans to hunt makes no sense at all. Still others think that hunting is moral only if you consume the animal that you kill.