Ethics Paper on Hunting

As we delve further into the pro hunting argument the

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As we delve further into the pro-hunting argument the idea that hunting can’t be worse than killing any other animal for food arises. Humans have been eating meat for at least two million years, if not longer. It is undeniably a major part of our nutrition system whether we like it or not. In elementary school we learned that the human body needs to intake certain vitamins and foods every day, it was introduced to us as the food pyramid. According to this pyramid there are six types of food: five food groups you should include in your diet every day, and then the “sometimes foods” we eat, for a lack of a better term, only sometimes. Within the five food groups humans must eat in order to maintain a healthy diet are the wheats, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and of course meat. Not only do we need meat to sustain a healthy diet but it is suggested that we intake 2-3 servings a day to insure that the recommended amount of proteins and amino acids are met. Consequently the only way to consume meat as humans is to hunt other animals for their meat. There’s no way around it, in order to eat meat an animal’s life must be taken. Because I’ve already discussed the immoralities of shopping for meat versus hunting for meat, and the unethical practice of raising animals for slaughter, I’m going to take the argument straight into hunting and that’s where the role of ethics comes into play, can I kill this animal without feeling immoral? Looking at the issue in strictly scientific terms the answer seems to be a yes (however, this cannot be indefinite because truly no one knows an exact moral guideline, if such a thing exists, which becomes an entirely different argument). According to simple science humans belong to the kingdom Animalia, making us in certain aspects equal to every other animal on the planet. If we
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were to observe other animals in their natural habitats what we would find wouldn’t be shocking to anyone. Within any environment there are predators and prey, the hunters and the hunted; it happens numerous times a day, animals that eat meat have to kill another to survive. The relationship between the hunter and the hunted is what maintains the homeostasis of the environment. As humans and animals, we too have to survive just as every meat-eating animal does, by eating flesh. Animals kill other animals for food, the only reason we stop ourselves from doing the same is because we believe that we are on a higher intellect than other animals and we can realize that we are taking a life, however, there is no real way to tell if an animal is aware of its kill, we’re only assuming that humans are the only species aware of this. What we are sure of though is animals have to hunt for food, humans are animals also, therefore it is not immoral for humans to hunt our food; It isn’t immoral to hunt for the nutritional servings necessary to human survival.
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