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To weigh the argument against hunting, one must adequately consider the only alternative which is agriculture. While I bear no grudge against agriculture, I am at least aware of the environmental damage it creates and would point this out to any who pretend that eating cultivated beef, broccoli or beets is an environmentally sensitive alternative. The conversion of millions of acres of wild lands to vast monocultures incapable of supporting any wildlife whatsoever strikes me as insensitive. Dumping millions of tons of pesticides into our air, water and soil and diverting billions of gallons of water annually from sensitive aquatic ecosystems hardly seems praiseworthy, and destroying entire ecosystems in order to raise one's preferred species seems a bit like playing God. In comparison, regulated hunting and fishing have little or no impact on habitat and non-target species. They are the ultimate forms of organic farming, where even the species produced are left to natural forces, not human choice. And to pretend that hunting is comparatively cruel is to ignore the crush of the plough and the starvation that inevitably befalls the "lucky" survivors of its initial onslaught. Cultivated lands remain environmental wastelands for the duration of their existence, and so it would take a pretty slick lawyer to argue the merit of agriculture. Furthermore, it is unacceptable to feign ignorance of this damage or excuse it as unintentional when it is in fact a necessary and entirely predicable outcome of one's consumption habits. I am amazed at the number of supermarket shoppers gliding down the grocery aisle with never a thought for the destruction they wreak, yet with ready criticism for the hunters who take their sustenance in a renewable manner from wild lands they are motivated to protect.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/republicans-take-aim-at-mrs-deer-hunters.html#ixzz27SZNdVtC8 months ago