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‘Hunting is cruel, harms environment’

Quest asked students of Mumbai schools: Is hunting bad or good for the environment?

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 1, 2014 1:44 am
(Source: Express photo by Pradeep Yadav) (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Yadav)

According to me, animals shouldn’t be hunted and used for selfish needs of man. Hunting of animals should be banned as it creates an imbalance in environment. Example: Extinction in the tiger species. Animals have done nothing to deserve this but still they get killed for no reason. While animals are been hunted they also feel pain, as humans have a nervous system which allows them to feel pain. In today’s day, man has being self centered and greedy. The day is not far when man will realize the ill-effects of hunting animals. Animals are been hunted for thrill but why don’t he understand that a balance in the environment should be maintained for his benefit. Man is the creator of crisis, happening recently in the environment. So I feel that hunting is dangerous for the Environment.
Deepanjali Mishra, IX-F, St. Xavier’s High School, Borivali (E)

A drastic rise in the number of species encoutering extinction has brought us to realize that the preservation ands protection of wildlife is certainly not as easy as we think. One of the major threat to wildlife from us is hunting. Human beings have been using countless hunting methods since the begining. Earlier the main or rather the sole motive was to obtain food for survival. However nowadays hunting is used for incredibly large number of purposes and sadly also for fun. But is it really worth killing the beautiful creation of nature to feed ones agreed? Hunting has brought an end to numerous species and to manipulate the wildlife in such a cruel way is something I consider completely atrocious. Therefore in my opinion hunting is bad for the environment.
Juhi Sawant, Grade 10, Ryan Global School, Andheri

According to me, animal hunting should be banned. It is cruel and I oppose the ignorant and barbaric slaughter of such innocent animals. I cannot stand the thought of killing animals for thrill as it gives pain to the animals just like humans have a nervous system which allows them to feel pain. Also, this causes extinction to the species and it gets declining which creates a imbalance in the environment. E.g.: Cheetah’s face high mortality rates due to inbreeding issues.  Hunting is the form of legal mass murder. Now, who is the culprit of this imbalance in environment?

The answer is Man, Who is being self centered, greedy and selfish. It is imperative that man soon comes to his senses and understand that a balance should be maintained in the environment and realize the ill effects of hunting. So, I personally feel that hunting is bad for the environment.
Medini Ghag, IX-D, St. Xavier’s High School, Borivali (E)

I still run into people who think that sport hunting is anti-environmental. Consequently, I want to restate that when the overall picture of wildlife and natural environments is taken collectively from the standpoint of their health and well being, hunters are among the greenest people in the nation today.

Indeed hunters are entering into partnerships with research ecologists, groups interested in wildlife recreation, and organizations that focus on habitat protection. Although the ultimate objectives differ for each, the primary goal of saving or restoring forests and other natural habitats benefits all. Hunters depend on and help maintain sustainable populations of their species of interest. Ironically, their own population is facing a serious decline in numbers. Therefore we come to conclusion that hunting is good for environment for some extent
Neha Bisht, X- B, St. Mary’s School, Mira Road

How can such a question arise in our mind? The answer   to this is definitely bad. We have ample of reasons to answer this question. Firstly hunting itself means killing animals. Deer are hunted for deer meat, tigers for skin, elephants for tusks and many more. Hunting endangers thousands of animal species across the world. Many of them are on the verge of extinction. Explaining with example I may say that tiger eats deer, deer eats grass. If tiger is extinct, how will grass grow, what deer will eat and thus food chain is unbalanced. Hunting not only kills animals but the chase injures many them. They die because of injury. Babies of so many are injured. So friends stop hunting and save wild life.
Preksha Bangera, IX-A, St. Francis High School, Vasai

Many environmental and animal advocates see hunting as barbaric, arguing that it is morally wrong to kill animals, regardless of practical considerations. According to Glenn Kirk of the California-based The Animals Voice, hunting causes immense suffering to individual wild animals and is gratuitously cruel because unlike natural predation, hunters kill for pleasure. He adds that, despite hunter claims that hunting keeps wildlife populations in balance, hunter’s license fees are used to manipulate a few game species into overpopulation at the expense of a much larger number of non-game species, resulting in the loss of biological diversity, genetic integrity and ecological balance.
Public support for hunting, however, is on the rise. A 2007 survey by Responsive Management Inc, a social research firm specializing in natural resource issues, found that 78 percent of Americans support hunting today versus 73 percent in 1995. Eighty percent of respondents agreed that hunting has a legitimate place in modern society, and the percentage of Americans indicating disapproval of hunting declined from 22 percent in 1995 to 16 percent in 2007.
Singh Saurabh Jayprakash, X-B, St. Xavier’s High School, Kashigaon

Hunting has been a way of life for thousands of years. It’s only been over the past 100 years or so that it has brought conflict among people. As long as the human race has been in existence, there has been hunting. Even then there were severe consequences resulting from over hunting a particular species. Hunting may have an effect on the natural predator-prey relationship. It may also have drastic effects on the habitat that is used by other non-targeted species. There are also benefits from hunting. There are many groups that are for and against hunting.

Sharon Levy, the author of ” Hunting Plays a Crucial Role in Maintaining Natural Habitats and the Environment,” says that with proper management hunting can be a good thing. Hunters help to control the population of their prey. When they become overpopulated, the whole eco-system can be drastically affected.   Native food sources can be depleted very quickly which can result in extinction.
Govinda Panigrahy, X-A, St. Mary’s High School, Mira

Hunting has been chosen as an activity or sport by Indians since ages. It has been done since the early years for the evolution mankind. It has been continuing ever since even though now its legally band. Hunting has his own cons and flaws but more of flaws. According to me hunting is bad for the environment. There is an imbalance in the environment because the number of animals which are being killed is more than the number of animals produced. Even though animals are used for many purposes, there are many alternatives available. Elephant’s ivory is used for making ornaments. Instead of harming animals, we can just use stones which are provided by the natural environment stones. There are numerous animals being killed which affect the food chain. Rather than hurting and killing animals for our advantage we can used alternative and save our environment and animals live.
Khusbhu Shaikh, Grade 10, Ryan Global School, Andheri

The worst occupation that a person can follow is hunting — it shows that man has lost his precious value of kindness. To hunt poor and defenseless animals is a cruel act. It also shows that man can do anything for his personal interest.  Different people hunt animals. Some do it for fun whereas others kill to increase their income. Hunting should be banned as it disturbs the functioning of our ecosystem. Various animals have gone extinct and some are on the verge of extinction. A person has quoted “Man shows his kind act by helping others but his cruel nature by killing poor animals”.

The after effects of hunting are destructive as seen in various parts of India and other countries like Pakistan where pests have increased due to death of frogs.  Numerous countries have established laws regarding a ban on hunting but all are ineffective. Hunting leads to destruction of ecosystem and an increase in the population of a particular species of animals. It also leads to an increase in various microorganisms such as fungi, algae etc. Which decompose the dead bodies of plants and animals.

Thus in the end, making laws for ban of hunting aren’t only necessary but to educate people on the bad efforts of hunting is more important.
Mohit Desai, IX-C, Cambridge School, Kandivli (E)

Hunting affects many things, including our own environment. Although generally most of the affects are negative, there are some positive effects to the environment. The positive effects include population control. Hunters kill animals that have large population, and this can cause those animals to die out due to the lack of food. Hunting these animals will help with population control Having said that, there are also many negative affects to hunting, which complete overshadow the positive effects. Hunting affects the biosphere, which is where the living organisms exist, it affects the biosphere because wildlife is directly related to the biosphere and hunting disrupts natural order.
NIMISHA VARGHESE, IX-C, St. Francis High School, Vasai

First, let me define ‘good’ as a situation or activity that maintain wildlife at current levels. In that case, hunting is good for environment because the hunting community ensure that wildlife population of game species is sustainable from one generation to the next. This requires that a diversity of natural habitats. The kept intact, unpopulated and undisturbed. Hunters support all this efforts. So, hunters contributes in a big way to benefiting natural environment but although time sharing   may sometime be a problem, a  variety of wildlife  enthusiasts   have a single common vision healthy outdoor  ecosystems.
Satam Yogini, VIII A, St. Xavier’s High School, Kashigaon

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