According to PETA (PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS): “Hunters make up many excuses to justify their pastime. However, cruel, unnecessary killing—which is what hunting is—has no justification.”
For those of us that are hunters and actually spend countless hours in the outdoors, we know that PETA will say anything true or not to get their point across.
I found this post on their website and found it very interesting to see what exactly PETA thinks about hunting.
So here is 9 Things PETA Claims No One Told You About Hunting:
1. “REAL sports involve competition between consenting parties and don’t end with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant.” -PETA
I totally disagree with this. Hunting is probably the most competitive sport in the world. Every time we hit the field Mother Nature is there willing and waiting to give us a beat down. Hunter’s have to compete with always changing weather, keen eyesight and hearing of all the animals at once. Ever had a squirrel or a turkey spook the deer just before he gets in range?
2. “Wildlife departments often cull majestic predators, such as wolves, bears, and coyotes, to prevent predation on elk, caribou, and deer so that hunters will have more animals to gun down.” -PETA
This is one of PETA’s versions of fake news and it is completely untrue. It’s a fact Wildlife departments do culling from time to time. It keeps animals in balance. Too many predators will decimate the elk, caribou, and deer populations. To few predators will create an overpopulation of these same animals. A proper balance is to be maintained so all species have a healthy population. Apparently PETA doesn’t have anything to say about the deer culls that happen across the country.
3. “Natural phenomena such as predators, starvation, and disease kill primarily the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, on the other hand, strive to kill the larger, stronger animals because they want to hang their heads on a wall, and this weakens the remaining population.” -PETA
The majority of hunters hunt to put meat in their freezer. If that happens to come from a big buck that means a lot more meat. Yes we hang the biggest and strongest on the wall but that is not the reasoning behind hunting. It all comes back to the tasty protein. Shooting a big buck does not weaken the remaining population. Bucks roam during the rut and the does will be bred regardless if the big buck in the area is removed.
4. “Most hunting occurs on private land, where laws that protect wildlife are often ignored or difficult to enforce.” -PETA
Well apparently if you hunt on your own land “MOST” likely you are doing it illegally. Seriously PETA?
5. “When animals are killed, families are broken up, often leaving young animals to perish of starvation or attacks by other animals. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities.” -PETA
If you haven’t figured it out by now PETA loves wolves and base their “science” off of their own emotions rather than actual science.
6. “Hunters often accidentally injure and kill animals other than the ones who are being hunted, including horses, cows, dogs, and cats. Sometimes hunters even injure or kill themselves or other humans, such as hikers and other hunters.” -PETA
“OFTEN”??? Are you kidding me? There are reasons hunters spend countless hours a year practicing and tuning our equipment and honing our abilities. I have been hunting for over 20 years and not once have I missed what i was shooting at and hit a different animal. It is taught in hunter’s safety courses across the country to identify what is behind your target. Now, does it happen? Yes on extremely rare occasions and usually under extreme circumstances.
7. “Dogs used for hunting are often kept chained or penned and are denied routine veterinary care. Some dogs are lost during hunts, and others are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves.” -PETA
I know a lot of people that hunt with dogs. Their dogs are a part of their family. Their favorite hunting buddy. It takes years to train a hunting dog. No one turns them loose to get a new one after each hunting season. Just more emotional PETA fake news.
8. “Hunted animals often don’t die painlessly or quickly. Many animals must be shot multiple times. A British study found that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying.” -PETA
This goes back again to hunters practicing for months outside of hunting season to make sure of proper shot placement and making the quickest and cleanest kill possible.
9. “When injured animals escape from hunters, they usually endure prolonged, painful deaths as a result of predation, shock, or exposure.” -PETA
More emotional dribble. Some animals to escape from hunters that is true. Prolonged painful deaths? Not exactly.
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