PETA does not acknowledge hunting with respect for life specifically, but it deems hunting as a cruel and unnecessary sport.
As a leading organization for the protection of animal rights, PETA:
- Holds strong convictions about animals being injured -- not killed -- during the hunt, so they suffer for an extended period.
- Feels that hunting disturbs migratory, familial and hibernation patterns. They also claim that hunting creates an abnormal stress that disturbs feeding patterns. This causes an inability to store energy or food properly in preparation for winter.
- States that hunting disrupts ecological balance due to hunters killing the healthiest of a species, not the weakest, as natural predators do. They prefer the natural means of population control such as disease and starvation, letting nature ensure the healthiest animals survive and strengthen the rest of the herd.
- Acknowledges hunting accidents and the deaths or injuries that are propagated by hunters being untrained in hunter safety.
- Offers alternatives such as sterilization and birth control as means of population control.
- Considers private for-profit hunting reserves and game ranches unjust. This is because the animals grow used to humans or have a disadvantage by not being able to flee from enclosed spaces. These animals are often lured to hunting hot spots via feed lots [source: PETA].
The arguments about hunting and hunting with respect for life will no doubt continue as technology advances and time rolls on. Now that you have both sides of the story, you can better understand those who are for and against such practices. Who knows? Perhaps you'll be moved to join a group or two supporting your side of the fight.
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