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  1. Introduction
  2. Hunting as a traditional sport
  3. The difference between poaching and hunting
  4. Animal rights activists
  5. Theodore Roosevelt: Hunting and wildlife
  6. Arguments against hunting
  7. Conclusion

I walk slowly, observantly, through the hardwoods stalking the white tailed deer I stumbled upon earlier in the hunt. I am focused to the left, on the other side of a patch of bramble, looking for the outline of a huge deer, straining my eyes more as I step closer and closer to the red vines. As I duck under a downed tree, the deer crashes out of the brush behind me on the opposite side and runs into a swamp. Just when you think you have the animal figured out, it surprises you. This is hunting, it is a tradition I love and need, and have been practicing since age 12.

Hunting has been present in this country, as well as the rest of the world, since the beginning of time. As time has changed and technologies have evolved, hunting has evolved also. It is still enjoyed by 7% of the U.S. population, but has been in threat of endangerment. Certain people and groups (known mostly as ?animal-rights? groups) hate the concept of hunting.

[...] Pete Singer comes up very short in his attempts to degrade hunting as an unethical practice; in fact it is a wonderful thing. Hunting is often enjoyed as a family tradition or surrounded by friends. I cannot tell you the many times that I have looked forward to heading north to hunt with my father. It makes bonds that will last forever. Hunting is a great thing which can be passed on to children as they mature. Hunting teaches valuable life lessons such as responsibility as well as relieving stress and tension. [...]

[...] Market hunting was a large problem in which men would kill hundreds of animals in order to fill a quota to send to larger companies to sell as food or other products. Lack of bison is one result of market hunting. Before expansionism in the west, there was an estimated 60 million bison living in the wild. After years of market hunting through the modernizing of the west, less than 1,000 remained. (The Hunter's Handbook.) Game laws were made and buffalo parks and national bison ranges were founded to preserve the species. [...]

[...] I don't see why hunting these animals ethically are a problem when there are enough of them to cause large problems for humans in the first place. Some anti-hunters insist that hunting is unethical. Pete Singer, who was considered the original ?animal-rights philosopher? connected the rights of animals to those of minorities, gays, and women. Singer claimed that animals suffer the same kind of pain humans suffer, and that unnecessary pain and suffering is shown through animal research and hunting. [...]

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