Why it is Imperative to Ban Hunting

Why it is Imperative to Ban Hunting
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Mansoor Ahmad Bhat

According to me, birds shouldn’t be hunted and used for selfish needs of man. Hunting of birds should be banned as it creates an imbalance in environment. Example: Extinction of the Spix’s (little blue) macaw (Cyanopsittaspixii) species. Birds have done nothing to deserve this but still they get killed for no reason. While birds are been hunted, they also feel pain, as humans have a nervous system which allows them to feel pain. In today’s day, man has become self-centred and greedy. The day is not far when man will realize the ill-effects of hunting animals.
Man is the creator of crisis, happening recently in the environment. So, I feel that hunting is dangerous for the environment. A drastic rise in the number of species encountering extinction has brought us to realize that the preservation and protection of wildlife is certainly not as easy as we think. One of the major threats to wildlife from us is hunting.
Human beings have been using countless hunting methods since the beginning. Earlier the main or rather the sole motive was to obtain food for survival. However, nowadays hunting is used for incredibly large number of purposes and, sadly also for fun. But is it really worth killing the beautiful creation of nature to feed ones greed? Hunting has brought an end to numerous species and to manipulate the wildlife in such a cruel way is something I consider completely atrocious. Therefore, in my opinion hunting is bad for the environment.
Also, this causes extinction to the species and it gets declining which creates an imbalance in the environment. For example, Cheetahs face high mortality rates due to inbreeding issues. Hunting is the form of legal mass murder. Now, who is the culprit of this imbalance in environment? The answer is man, who is self-centred, greedy and selfish.
It is imperative that man soon comes to his senses and understand that a balance should be maintained in the environment and realize the ill effects of hunting. To hunt poor and defenceless animals is a cruel act. It also shows that man can do anything for his personal interest.
The after effects of hunting are destructive as seen in various parts of India and other countries like Pakistan where pests have increased due to death of frogs. Numerous countries have established laws regarding a ban on hunting, but all are ineffective. Hunting leads to destruction of ecosystem and an increase in the population of a particular species of birds. It also leads to an increase in various microorganisms such as fungi, algae and so on which decompose the dead bodies of plants and animals. Thus, in the end, making laws for ban of hunting aren’t only necessary but to educate people on the bad efforts of hunting is more important. In the final analysis, “Man shows his kind act by helping others but his cruel nature by killing poor animals”.

The author is a PhD Scholar at the Department of Environmental Engineering Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey. He can be reached at: mansoorahmadbhat@eskisehir.edu.tr