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Excellent research topic

There are a number of reasons that can be given to 'justify' hunting. Here are mine. Note that I solely hunt for meat.

1. The meat is very healthy. I would rather eat meat from an animal that has never been tainted with antibiotics, steriods, and whatever else they might put in beef. perhaps you should also research all the crap that is fed to cattle before they are slaughtered. Aside from the chemical issue, it has less fat in it and is very lean. For example bison has less fat in it than chicken and turkey. You could find this info on the net - just search for bison farms and producers

2. I consider the different lives that the animals I eat have a chance at living. I have decided that it is more ethical to hunt a wild animal which has had a chance at a free and wild life. Compare this to an animal that is bred and raised solely for the purpose of human consumption. The cattle are fed tons of crap as above, the are shipped to feedlots by stuffing them into trucks, the are stuck in pens (or whatever they are called) where their sole purpose in life is to fatten up. Then they are slaughtered unceremoniously with no appreciation from the consumer for hte life that hte animal has lived. Every time I shoot an animal I have worked for it and will continue to work to prepare that animal for my table.
The only analogy I can come up with is that this is akin to 'animal slavery'. I would rather have a free animal, that has lived a ggod life, on my plate than something that has been raised in slavery for human convenience. I argue that it is more humane and ethical to kill and consume a wild animal than one that is raised for my convenience.

3. Cattle are fed sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics. This increases their growth resulting in a larger animal for a given amount of feed. However, these low doses do not kill all of the bacteria (E. coli) in the animals system, it just kills the weaker less adapatable bacteria. This means that stronger, more adaptable bacteria survive. Then these stronger bacteria multiply - and the bacteria in the animal are on the whole better able to survive antibiotics. Over numerous applications of these antibiotics, the bacteria in the animals system become more and more resistant to antibiotics. This plays a role in the emergence of superbugs that are restant to antibiotics. This is becoming a huge issue in hospitals and people are dying of this. This is not the sole reason for antibiotic resistant bugs but it is a contributing factor.

That's about it, I hope I did not offend any ranchers, but that's the way I feel. Further research on all of this will certainly be productive.

Good luck. I would love to see you post your paper here on the site. I'm sure you would get a lot of feedback and editing advice that make it a very concise and well argued paper.

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further information

If I were you I would also post this question at:
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php
You'll get a whole bunch more ideas.

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one more thing

I suspect than non hunters think we hunt because we like to KILL animals. Of course this is not our motivation. All the hunters I kow think that the worst part of hunting is seeing the animal die. It is not about killing but more about providing. Also remeber that if you eat meat, no matter what kind, something has to die.

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Hunter ethic question

Sadly there are many "slob" or unethical hunters out there that always make the news and give us a bad name and show hunting in a bad light.This is all many people ever hear about hunting and this negative exsposure to our sport cause much of the negative attention it gets.If everyone had more exsposure and some exsperience with responsible hunters there would be alot less people who felt hunting was wrong.

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Hunter ethic question

thanks alot guys this is very much helpfull

i am starting to assemble the project now, and i will post this question on that other site

keep anything that comes to your head comming all your comments are a great help

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Hunter ethic question

i posted a hunter ethic question awhile ago and got a lot of responses from you, just to let you know i got a 87 on my paper and 100 on my presenatation. the prof didnt want me stop my presentation until i ran out of material. My presentation was 3 times longer then anyone elses.

thanks alot guys and gals much appreciated

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Hunter ethic question

MANS eyes are in the front of his head; making him a hunter and predator. If our eyes were on the sides we would be a prey species. It has been that way since the beginning of time so in my opinion ethics should not even be an issue.

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