Cailey Miller

People who are typically hunting view it as a sport, but then it is a sport based on killing animals for no reason. The idea of hunting being a sport turns into it becoming an unjustified competition. I never want to hurt an animal for any reason unless it is necessary for food purposes only. 

I do not hunt because I value putting kindness and empathy first for people and animals. Though no one in my family hunted, subconsciously, I knew it was a horrible thing to do to an animal. I am sure if there were people in my family who hunted, I might have felt different about it, but since there was no influence, I have always felt the same about it since I was a kid. 

Hunting is extremely cruel to animals; hunters kill for little to no reason. We live in a world today where we consume more meat than any other country in the world. We are consuming meat so fast, to the point where we have a higher growth rate of animals being consumed than of animals actually being born. If we continue this pattern, eventually there will be no real meat left, and it will have to become essentially lab-grown meat. 

Killing animals is completely unnecessary; there are plenty of other options in which nothing has to die. Hunting is viewed as a competition for most people. After a successful hunt, they will post on social media what they killed over the weekend. It should not be a competition with animals being their “prizes.” 

You take a life away when you are hunting; just because it is not a human life does not change what you are doing. Animals have pain receptors, and animals know what is happening to them. They can recognize different things in the environment; they can also develop memories, and hunting kills everything out of them. The act of hunting is something deeper than just killing the animal. I believe there is an emotional aspect to it, as well as thinking about the lifestyle of the person hunting and what they believe. 

Though I do not believe in killing an animal, I am not shaming people who love hunting. I do not view them differently as a person, but we will never agree on the small details of hunting, and we never will. There is a group of people who love hunting and will always hunt as an outdoorsy activity. However, there is also a group of people who will never understand how people kill animals for fun. 

Hunting will always be something that is unnecessary and cruel to me. Killing an animal is not supposed to be fun; killing an animal should never be something labeled “fun.” I believe hunters will never understand how cruel hunting is for the animal they are killing for self-enjoyment.