Should we allow big game to be hunted for sport and fun? Every year, trophy hunters kill thousands of exotic wild animals, representing hundreds of different species, in foreign countries,mostly in Africa. They like to kill the most beautiful, the biggest and the rarest. Big game hunting is conducted in Africa,North America,South America,Europe,Asia and Australia. In Africa lion, Cape buffalo,elephant,giraffe and other animals are hunted.
If something isn’t done to stop this, tigers will become nothing more than a thing of the past. As their numbers drop rapidly, two causes are the most prominent. Poaching and habitat destruction are causing the tiger population to reduce swiftly. Poaching is having a horrible effect on the tiger population and causing their numbers to drop significantly. Despite the fact that the hunting of tigers is extremely illegal, poachers still risk it because of how much money they can make.
In Africa, a village of the name Sankuyo earned $600,000 from the 120 animals that were allowed to be victims of trophy hunting(Onishi). Without trophy hunting, there will not be as much money owned by these African villages and the villages will slowly decline to poverty. To add to this argument, lions have been seen entering the villages, where the ban has been placed, to find food because they would normally eat the elephant carcusses left by trophy hunters. The people of these villages are claiming to be poisoning those animals who trespass in order to save their own crops. Are humans really that much more important than these innocent animals?
They are only found in one protected area and there are about sixty of them left. They are killed as agricultural pests, and for their horns. People are trying to increase their habitats in eastern Ujung Kulon so the population can expand and grow. Black Rhinos are critically endangered because of their horns, and five to six rhinos are killed a day for food of for entertainment. Their population is fewer than five hundred.
“Hunters have already exterminated more than a third of the 1,600 wolves that were thought to live in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho in 2012, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ended endangered species protection for gray wolves there”(Conniff). The environmentalists are more worried about the wolves going extinct. Wolves repopulate very quickly. Killing the wolves is only causing a fight between the environmentalists and farmers/ranchers.
Did you know that wild animals have been abused and have killed people as pets? Animals are abused and mistreated every day and deserve better treatment. They are usually trapped in cage with nowhere else to go, and feel depressed and miserable, but there are also good owners. Exotic animals are too amazing to be trapped in a cage and be someone's pet. These exotic animals can be really dangerous and harmful to people.
Man and nature do not have the best of a relationship, which is proven by the way alligators are murdered just for our clothing preferences. Leather is made from the finest of animal skin including alligator. Many people know someone who owns leather, but would they still own it if they knew how it was made? We should not use alligator skin for leather when they were close to extinction once before (Were Alligators almost Extinct). Alligators are abused, poisoned and alive hours after being "murdered" for their skin.
Voice for Animals I want you to know that the public are being lied to about the effects of testing products on animals. I think you need to know that everyday products are being used to torture innocent animals. I know that if the nation had all of the information they would join my fight against the horror that is animal testing! Sign up to the ‘Voice for Animals’ protest march today! We need to stop makeup, cleaning products, medicine and all other chemical based products being tested on animals not only because it is horrendously cruel but there is also a huge amount of money that is wasted in the process of testing.
During King Leopold’s rule of the Congo, many harsh and violent actions caused many Africans to suffer immensely. As a Belgium official once said, “It is blood-curdling to see them (the soldiers) returning with the hands of the slain, and to find the hands of young children amongst the bigger ones…”. As punishment, Belgium soldiers would cut of the hands and feet of Africans. The soldiers claimed they did this because they didn’t want to waste bullets on “game hunting.” The amputated body parts were usually kept as trophies, to show bravery in battle. Colonialism is generally defined as the occupation and control of one nation by another.
The International Fund also claims at “least 5,663 lions were traded internationally for trophy hunting purposes. More than half of these lions were imported to the United States” (International Fund for Animal Welfare). Several studies have demonstrated that excessive trophy harvests have driven population declines. Jeff Flocken of the National Geographic Magazine states that “600 lions are killed every year on trophy hunts. These hunts are unsustainable and put more pressure on the species” (Flocken).