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Fletch290
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brianjustin3709
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Hunting should be banned.

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Started: 8/29/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Fletch290

Con

Title says it all, in light of the Cecil story, I am curious as to what some of your opinions are so feel free to comment in the comments section if you wish!

Rules:

1. Pro must argue that a total ban should be put on hunting in America, not just trophy hunting.

R1 Acceptance and argument for Pro
R2 and is yours to do with as you wish
R3 Pro must forfeit (so that both pro and con get even amount of rounds.)
R4 You may use R4 however you wish, even to conclude the debate and remind voters of which points you feel you won if you wish to.

Definitions:

Hunting: the activity or sport of chasing and killing wild animals

Ban: to forbid people from using (something) : to say that something cannot be used or done : to forbid (someone) from doing or being part of something


Both definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Good luck to Pro and I am looking forward to fun clean debate!

brianjustin3709

Pro

I accept this debate.

I will go to my arguments

Arguments

Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence.(1) Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk.(2,3)

Less than 5 percent of the U.S. population (13.7 million people) hunts, yet hunting is permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, and state parks and on other public lands.(40 Almost 40 percent of hunters slaughter and maim millions of animals on public land every year, and by some estimates, poachers kill just as many animals illegally.(5,6)

1. Pain and Suffering
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.(7) Twenty percent of foxes who have been wounded by hunters are shot again. Just 10 percent manage to escape, but “starvation is a likely fate” for them, according to one veterinarian.(8) A South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologist estimates that more than 3 million wounded ducks go “unretrieved” every year.(9) A British study of deer hunting found that 11 percent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying.(10)

Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities. The stress that hunted animals suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.

2. Nature Takes Care of Its Own
The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival—if they are left unaltered. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, however, kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace—including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong. Elephant poaching is believed to have increased the number of tuskless animals in Africa, and in Canada, hunting has caused bighorn sheep’s horn size to fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years. Nature magazine reports that “the effect on the populations’ genetics is probably deeper.”(11)

Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group. Starvation and disease can be tragic, but they are nature’s ways of ensuring that healthy, strong animals survive and maintain the strength of the rest of their herd or group. Shooting an animal because he or she might starve or get sick is arbitrary and destructive.

Another problem with hunting involves the introduction of exotic “game” animals who, if they’re able to escape and thrive, pose a threat to native wildlife and established ecosystems.

3. Canned Cruelty
Most hunting occurs on private land, where laws that protect wildlife are often inapplicable or difficult to enforce. On private lands that are set up as for-profit hunting reserves or game ranches, hunters can pay to kill native and exotic species in “canned hunts.” These animals may be native to the area, raised elsewhere and brought in, or purchased from individuals who are trafficking in unwanted or surplus animals from zoos and circuses. The animals are hunted and killed for the sole purpose of providing hunters with a “trophy.”

Canned hunts are big business—there are an estimated 1,000 game preserves in the U.S., with some 5,000 so-called “exotic ranchers” in North America.(12,13) Ted Turner, the country’s largest private landowner, allows hunters to pay thousands of dollars to kill bison, deer, African antelopes, and turkeys on his 2 million acres.(14)

Animals on canned-hunting ranches are often accustomed to humans and are usually unable to escape from the enclosures that they are confined to, which range in size from just a few yards to thousands of acres. Most of these ranches operate on a “no-kill, no-pay” policy, so it is in owners’ best interests to ensure that clients get what they came for. Owners do this by offering guides who are familiar with animals’ locations and habits, permitting the use of dogs, and supplying “feeding stations” that lure unsuspecting animals to food while hunters lie in wait.

While many states have limited or banned canned hunts, there are no federal laws regulating the practice at this time.(15)

4. Other Victims
Hunting accidents destroy property and injure or kill horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. In 2006, then–Vice President Dick Cheney famously shot a friend while hunting quail on a canned hunting preserve.(16) According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number only includes incidents involving humans.(17)

The bears, cougars, deer, foxes, and other animals who are chased, trapped, and even killed by dogs during (sometimes illegal) hunts aren’t the only ones to suffer from this variant of the “sport.” Dogs used for hunting are often kept chained or penned and are denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication. Some are lost during hunts and never found, whereas others are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves and die of starvation or get struck by vehicles.

A Humane Alternative
There are more than 20 million deer in the U.S., and because hunting has been an ineffective method to “control” populations (one Pennsylvania hunter “manages” the population and attracts deer by clearing his 600-acre plot of wooded land and planting corn), some wildlife agencies are considering other management techniques.(18,19) Several studies suggest that sterilization is an effective, long-term solution to overpopulation.(20) A method called “trap, neuter, and return” (TNR) has been tried on deer in Ithaca, N.Y., and an experimental birth-control vaccine is being used on female deer in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, N.Y.(21,22) One Georgia study of 1,500 white-tailed deer on Cumberland Island concluded that “if females are captured, marked, and counted, sterilization reduces herd size, even at relatively low annual sterilization rates.”(23)

Conclusion

What You Can Do

Before you support a “wildlife” or “conservation” group, ask about its position on hunting. Groups such as the National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Izaak Walton League, the Wilderness Society, and the World Wildlife Fund are pro–sport-hunting, or at the very least, they do not oppose it.

To combat hunting in your area, post “no hunting” signs on your land, join or form an anti-hunting organization, protest organized hunts, and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas. Call 1-800-628-7275 to report poachers in national parks to the National Parks and Conservation Association. Educate others about hunting. Encourage your legislators to enact or enforce wildlife-protection laws, and insist that nonhunters be equally represented on the staffs of wildlife agencies.

Also we should not harm animals because they have a nervous system(24) and can feel pain just like us humans feel pain


Sources

http://africanhuntingsafaris.com...

http://www.debate.org...


http://www.theguardian.com...

http://www.peta.org...

Debate Round No. 1
Fletch290

Con

Fletch290 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Fletch290

Con

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brianjustin3709

Pro

Extend
Vote for Pro.
Debate Round No. 3
Fletch290

Con

Fletch290 forfeited this round.
brianjustin3709

Pro

brianjustin3709 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by debate-master1 1 year ago
debate-master1
Nice debate.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
i will decativate my account
Posted by Fletch290 1 year ago
Fletch290
Then I do not see where I am making any new rules up, I hope you are still willing to debate.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
I know, that is why I gave a picture of hunters, hunt for ivory and killed the rhino.
Posted by Fletch290 1 year ago
Fletch290
Please read what I wrote in round one, you will see that I clearly said you must argue that ban must be placed on all forms of hunting.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
it's basically like

2. Con has to forfeit every round.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
what?? You make a rule right now?
Posted by Fletch290 1 year ago
Fletch290
Here is rule #1 that I posted.

1. Pro must argue that a total ban should be put on hunting in America, not just trophy hunting.
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
I did sport hunting
Posted by brianjustin3709 1 year ago
brianjustin3709
I did sport hunting
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Vote Placed by Hayd 1 year ago
Hayd
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Reasons for voting decision: Con forfeited all rounds, Con also didnt post any arguments whatsoever. Pro constructed arguments. Therefore Pro wins conduct (forfeits) and Arguments.