Essay on Why Hunting Is Bad (for Kids)

This is a short essay for children on the topic of hunting and why I believe it is bad. Anybody can use it as they wish under a Creative Commons licence. It is deliberately written in plain English and the discussion is simplified.


Girl hunter

Girl hunter – makes me sick.

Kids should know the difference between right and wrong and between good and bad. When people behave in a bad way, their behaviour is immoral. What is morality? It is about the standards of behaviour that people expect of other people and themselves which make life acceptable.

When a person successfully hunts an animal he is causing the animal pain, discomfort and ultimately death. The hunter has created something negative and unpleasant. He has also created something pleasant for himself. He enjoys the hunt. He does it because it is enjoyable.

On the one hand we have a person who is enjoying himself and on the other hand we have an animal who is suffering pain and death. Is it fair that a human being should take enjoyment from the suffering of another sentient being1? If not then sport hunting is immoral and bad.

If a hunter had to hunt and kill an animal for a good reason other than his enjoyment then you could say that it is okay to hunt an animal. You could say that it is moral to hunt an animal.

Many thousands of years ago and even as recently as hundreds of years ago, the hunting of animals was done in order to eat them to survive. There was a real purpose to hunting. This purpose made it justifiable to most people but not vegetarians2.

Nowadays, some hunters also hunt animals to eat them. The say they hunt animals in order to provide themselves with a meal. But there is no need to hunt animals for a meal. These people could go down to the local supermarket to buy their meal there. If they did this they would not need to cause pain and suffering to an animal.

Therefore even if a hunter says that he kills animals for food it is unacceptable. It cannot be a good thing to hunt for food when there are alternatives which don’t cause pain and suffering. People who hunt for food are really hunting for fun.

When hunters say they kill animals for food sometimes they are saying it in order to stop people criticising them. They’re trying to turn behavior which is immoral into something which is moral. I would be quite certain that most of the hunters who say they hunt for food do not actually do it. Also hunting animals for the skin on their back (their fur) is immoral because the purpose, which is to make people look attractive in fur clothes, cannot justify the death of a sentient being.

Hunting animals for food is something people did in the past when it was allright to do it because it had real purpose. Nowadays it is mainly done for fun and this is not a purpose which can be justified. Many of the animals which are killed are beautiful. They grace our planet. They make the planet more beautiful. To kill them makes the planet less beautiful.

Sometimes hunting can be justified even though the animal is not going to be eaten by humans. These are the times when there are too many of a certain type of animal which may become a nuisance to humans. Then humans say they have the right to kill them. That is called “culling”. Even when people say that they have to cull animals they need to look at their behaviour as well. This is because there are too many people and not too many animals. Also people are often the cause of the problem.

Hunters do not see the immorality in causing pain to animals for their pleasure. This is a weakness in them. It is their failure. Hunting is a thing of the past. It needs to stop.

  1. Animals are sentient beings because they feel pain and emotions.
  2. Vegetarians are people who believe that humans don’t need to eat animals and should not eat them.
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Essay on Why Hunting Is Bad (for Kids) — 6 Comments

  1. There are two sides to this question and more ! A. Hunting for sport alone is not acceptable & needless suffering follows the act, not to mention the desensitizing of the killer. B. If the act is carried out with the need to supply food and or self defense; and the prey taken in a quick and hopefully instant death-then I would accept this protocol.I should clarify further by stating that I could not harm an animal just for the sport of it.C. A severly injured animal should be put out of it’s misery as soon as possible. Leaving a wounded animal after an unsuccessful hunt is immoral & against the law as is the slaughter of an endangered species. Eva Force

  2. Hunting has always felt wrong to me, ever since I was a small child. My heart tells me it is inhumane and cruel. My head agrees with my heart. There is no logic to hunting.

  3. It’s very sad that many people enjoy killing animals, especially for a trophy.

    There is also another view point about hunting even though humans can peacefully coexist with animals.

    Because humans are expanding their living areas, animals are losing theirs. This cuts down on the amount of naturally available food. Each area is only capable of supporting a specific amount of animal life, without human intervention.

    Plus, when there are not enough natural predators to keep the animal population in check, two things happen: Starvation and Disease.

    That brings about the question: What’s more humane:
    Hunting – OR – Starvation and Disease?

  4. personally i feel like a true hunter, 1 that hunts for food, etc-donates the skin to native leather workers etc, & THAT kind of hunt is ok to me cuz i doubt that u can get deer meat in the local store without it costing an outrageous sum. thats the kind of hunting my neighbors did when i was a kid & they were responsible, conscientious, law-abiding, respectful, & efficient-quick, clean kills. i totally respect THOSE kinds of hunters & the hunting THEY do. unfortunately they r few & far in between.
    most “sport” hunters just want the trophies & the thrills. most tend to b arrogant, & disrespectful. there ARE some that r not arrogant, etc, but there r not many of those around nowadays. their kind of hunting is wasteful & scars the area they hunt in.
    a TRUE hunter cleans up the area he/she was in so that ud never know they were there. my next door neighbor made sure the local tribe got the skins from EVERY animal he killed, & when he went out with his family he checked in to see if there were any overpopulated areas & if so hed hunt there so he was doing a service. he always felt that there was always a way to do it right, to give back or help somehow. u just had to look for it sometimes. hed stop hunting with people if he found that theyd poached or did something illegal, even if he wasnt there, cuz he didnt want that vibe on his hunt & especially not around his kids who he took out with him, turning it into a teaching situation as well.
    sorry to digress, but he was a really great guy, & it does still kinda apply. i NEVER liked nor respected sport hunters, but TRUE hunters i do, & i see nothing wrong with what THEY do.

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