When is Hunting Unethical?
Following up on our previous blog post, we're are all aware of the bad reputation that hunters have gotten in the last decade or two, but why does it seem that in the last few years the opposition has intensified so much more? We believe it is largely due to greed. Let us explain
In the hunting industry, there is a certain code that we all live by, that governs the way we act especially when on a hunt. This concept of ethical hunting is not a new concept, in fact, it has been around for quite some time. However, when we are motivated by greed or financial gain, we begin to ignore these unspoken rules and that is when we not only ruin our own reputation but the reputation of the entire hunting industry. In order to get a better understanding of when an action can classify as unethical, maybe it will help to first classify what ethical hunting looks like.
The biggest aspect of Ethical hunting is RESPECT. But what does respect mean?
1. Respecting the Habitat
Firstly we must realise that a hunt is not just simply pulling the trigger, but rather consists of all the preparation before the time as well. When respecting our environment, we consider things such as pollution and littering. We make sure to dispose of rubbish properly. When camping, we bring our own firewood. These are all practical examples of how we can respect the environment.
2. Respecting Fair Chase
When hunting it is important to give an animal a fair chance to evade the hunter, this is also known as the concept of fair chase. However, within this concept alone there is a lot of debate. Generally, the improper use of vehicles, radiotracking collars and other electronic devices are considered unethical.
3. Concentrating on Shot Placement
Part of respecting the animal is dispatching it as fast and painlessly as possible. The hunter has the responsibility not only to know about the anatomy of the animal but also target the vitals in order to have a clean shot.
In reality, there are times that the hunter misses the vitals and fails to place a fatal shot. In these scenarios, it is the hunter's responsibility to dispatch the animal as swiftly and humanely as possible by placing a follow up shot.
We do recommend that hunters practice their marksmanship before going on a hunt. In this way, you increase your chances of cleanly dispatching the animal.
4. Respecting dispatched Game
The opportunity to cleanly dispatch an animal should not be taken for granted. When an animal is shot, we make an effort to make use of all the meat and dispose of the carcass appropriately. We do not let any of the game go to waste.
The topic of unethical hunting is full of debate. What one person views as ethical, might be considered unethical by another. However, we believe that if a hunter respects the hunting process and all that it entails, He/She will generally act in an ethical manner.