Have you or someone you know bought in the lies PETA has tried to throw at you about trophy hunting? If so, here are the facts that debunk them.
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Myth: Hunting is no longer necessary in a modern world.
Fact: Humans have always been hunters. Our bodies evolved to chew, digest and metabolize meat. Hunting is in our DNA. True, people today are less connected to their paleo origins. Many have learned to suppress their hunting instincts, instead paying others to kill animals for them, and simply buying meat at a supermarket.
Myth: Only a handful of people hunt anymore. And they’re mostly rednecks.
Fact: Some 22 million people in the U.S. are hunters – and their numbers are growing! More women are hunting today, too. Why? In a society seeking greener, healthier lifestyles, hunting offers a truly organic, free-range, sustainable source of meat.
Myth: Hunters have an unfair advantage over the animals they hunt.
Fact: Hunters are constantly evaluating “fair chase” aspects of hunting. In some cases, laws and regulations dictate appropriate equipment and techniques. In others, such decisions come down to a hunter’s personal ethics. While hunting can certainly pit man against elements such as harsh weather and rough terrain, it’s a bit sophomoric to think of hunting as competition between human and animal.
Myth: Hunting is cruel, inhumane and the murder of innocent animals.
Fact: Such comments imply that hunters have malicious intent against animals, which just isn’t true. Hunters do not intend to cause suffering. They make every effort for a clean, quick kill. Unlike livestock raised for beef, pork or veal production, game animals live and die unfettered in the wild – thanks to conservation programs, which are funded mostly by hunters.
Myth: Trophy hunting is not about food. It’s simply killing animals for the thrill of it.
Fact: No wildlife enthusiast will deny the thrill of seeing exceptionally large or unusual specimens. But a hunter actually collecting one is quite rare. A selective hunter will end most of their hunts without a kill, because the individual animal they’re seeking is difficult to find within a population, and within a wild landscape. When a hunter finally does take a trophy-class animal, there is an unequivocal sense of accomplishment, luck and reward. However, trophy animals are utilized no differently than their smaller, more typical counterparts. Meat will be eaten, skins and antlers (or horns) preserved, and in some cases even internal organs and bones are used. Thus, to a hunter, the term “trophy hunting” describes the intent, not the utility, of a hunt.
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