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Hunting: A Necessary Evil to Benefit the Greater Good

By Timothy Patrick Mccann

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Before I begin, I’d like to be very clear. I am not a hunter. I have never hunted, either for sport, for food, or for survival, and I do not plan to do so in the future. I am in no way an animal rights activist either, but I personally struggle with the idea of killing an innocent animal under any circumstances other than what is absolutely necessary for personal survival. Let’s face facts, hunting is killing, and there is no greater act that I can think of that deprives an animal of its rights more than killing it. Given these personal views, it may be difficult to understand why I am writing this paper in support of both the policies and implementation of hunting regulations; however, after researching the subject and looking at the statistics, I will show why I have let go of my personal feelings and now enthusiastically support hunting as beneficial. Is the concept of hunting in itself evil? Maybe, but it is a necessary evil to benefit the greater good of animals and society. Good
Given my personal feelings against hunting and having never hunted myself, I am in a unique position to offer a fresh, unbiased outlook into the benefits of hunting, not only for the sake of animals, but also for the environment, and American society. I will begin by giving a brief overview of the current federal and state regulations of hunting. Although I considered discussing the history and evolution of hunting law, I feel that the topic is lengthy and our interests would be better served by discussing the current state of the law and the impacts it has and will have moving forward into the future. I will then discuss the individual policies behind the regulations, and the positive and negative effects the implementation of these policies have. While ultimately I will explain why I feel current regulations and policies in support of hunting are greatly beneficial to managing animal populations, I will also address the potential negative aspects of hunting. I will conclude by addressing potential changes and offer personal suggestions I feel that would make hunting even more effective at managing animal populations.



Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Publication Title Law School Student Scholarship
Publisher Seton Hall Law
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Birds
  4. Ecology
  5. Ecosystems
  6. Hunters
  7. Hunting
  8. Mammals
  9. Nature
  10. overpopulation
  11. population control
  12. Wild animals