Stop Bad Hunters


Keanae Tabac-Gomes, Grade 9

  There is a right way to hunt and a wrong way to hunt.  The right way to hunt is to not kill everything you see and don’t kill an animal unless you are going to use it. Bad hunters make good hunters look bad and should have their licenses taken away.  

First,  don’t hunt more than you need.  Over hunting can really decrease that type of animal population.  Also remember that poaching animals is illegal.  In addition, practice and make sure you are a good shot so animals don’t suffer. If you don’t make a clean kill the animals become badly wounded.  According to PETA ( People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) magazine, many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. A study of 80 radio-collared white-tailed deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with traditional archery equipment, 11 were wounded but not recovered by hunters. For them “starvation is a likely fate”.  You need to make a clean ethical kill so the animal doesn’t suffer.  

My second point is, don’t kill the animal if you are not going to make use out of it.  ‘’If you are going to use the animal then it’s okay to take its life. After that animal dies there’s a good chance for a new animal to come and live in that same happy spot the previous animal lived on.  But if you are killing for no reason then that’s not right. Trophy hunting is acceptable but to a certain point. If we are using the animal as well that’s fine but hunting for ivory is not. People who also use the meat are not going to be happy if you hurt the animal and ruin the meat that we could be eating.  

Lastly, one important thing is, bad hunters make the good hunters look bad.  I talked to my papa and some of my friends and all over social media you see those bad hunters. My papa said those are the people who ruin it for everyone. It’s our home grounds where we grew up and where we learned how to hunt and survive. The bad hunters going make us good guys look bad so no one can go anymore. No more hunting for our kids and future, if they eradicate and kill everything for nothing. I think hunters should be responsible and do the right thing. Don’t kill for no reason and don’t make trouble on people’s property.  Some people think it’s okay to do this kind of thing because maybe they have something against the owner and want to make them mad. Not only do the ranchers, owners and good hunters have to clean up after them, the animals suffer from being wounded and live a sore, sad and depressing life.