Hunting is cruel and socially unjustifiable. Thousands of animals die as victims of this 'sport' every year. The cruelty of hunting involves the causing of pain towards animals. Hunting ignores the fact that animals (ourselves included) are beings that suffer and enjoy our lives, and that as such we have our own value, regardless of how useful we are to others.
There are various types of hunting – small game hunting, characterised by the size of the animals hunted. The victims of this type of hunt tend to be small animals such as partridges, turtle doves, rabbits, various aquatic birds, migratory bird species, etc. There is also big game hunting, characterised by the larger size of the animal victims of the hunt. In England this mainly involves red deer hunting, but other deer species are also targeted.
In hunting they often talk about the “good hunter”, who respects nature, who knows and cares for his dogs, and never kills ill, weak or rare animals… and the “bad hunter”, who kills indiscriminately, gets rid of his dogs once they aren’t useful to him anymore and has no respect for nature. In both cases the activity is the same - shooting animals for fun – and, as we’ll see, regardless of the argument they make, both cases are equally unjustifiable.
Arguments in the defence of hunting:
Stating that hunting respects nature tends to mean that the animals who have been hunted, have no value, and that their pain and suffering isn’t important because they don’t belong to an in danger species. According to this argument, animals would only have value according to the purpose they serve, an idea that ignores the fact that animals (ourselves included) are beings that suffer and enjoy our lives, and that as such we have our own value, regardless of how useful we are to others.
Certainly an activity like hunting can be considered enjoyable for those who practice it, but taking someone else's life away for fun can not be justified in any way. Just like in the case of circuses, zoos, rodeos, etc; our entertainment doesn't justify the suffering and death of others.
Other animals might show certain behaviour in nature, but this doesn’t justify us doing the same. There are animals who eat others but this obviously doesn’t justify cannibalism. Those of us who can reflect upon the consequences of our actions are responsible for them and should bear the interests of other individuals in mind in a fair and equitable way. As such, hunting should be abolished.
They fact that someone will die one from ‘natural’ causes isn’t a justification for killing them… we will all die one day, but that doesn’t mean that somebody has the right to take our life away. Hunting is the cause of thousands of deaths every year. There are many ways we can enjoy nature without harming others. Don't allow suffering and death for you own enjoyment.