November 11, 2010
English 1010 40191
Morality of Hunting
Since the beginning of time hunting has supported mankind. It has shaped our many cultures and woven many different spiritual beliefs. The first Americans that crossed the Bering Strait were nomadic hunters in pursuit of game. Native American Indian tribes relied strongly on hunting not only for food but they used animals parts for knives, bowstrings, and clothing. The early Europeans hunted for the same reasons, as did early peoples from across the globe. People even fought each other over hunting grounds. When the first European settlers arrived in the new world, the native Indians attacked to defend their homeland and hunting grounds. French fur traders soon began to exploit the wildlife riches of the new world and hunted Beavers for their pelts, which brought a great profit. As manifest destiny enveloped the minds of ambitious Americans, westward expansion brought new reasons for hunting. The hide of buffalo yielded a high price when sold for uses such as clothing. Even today, much controversy exists over hunting and hunting land. Laws have been passed to regulate where and when to hunt as well as the number of animals that can be harvested. Taxes are assessed each year to hunters through licenses and permits for the conservation of habitats. With so much of our past being intertwined in the hunt, the controversy surrounding the issue is a sensitive issue for many. Some oppose hunting and look upon it as cruel and unnecessary. Is it? Hunting for sustenance satisfies not only our need for food, but at the same time it
is an excellent way to immerse yourself in nature and it provides for a type of entertainment and bonding that exists nowhere else. This should not be misinterpreted that hunting only to kill is right. In Proverbs 12:27 the Bible says “The slothful man roasteth not which he took hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” This means that hunting is...
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