Solutions to Stopping Big Game Hunting

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Solutions to Stopping Big Game Hunting

Big game hunting is the hunting of large wild animals for meat, trophy or sport. Hunting large terrestrial mammals have been a public issue for a long time often eliciting mixed reactions on the benefits and impacts on the general wildlife. Both sides advocate for a common claim that game hunting is beneficial to the welfare of wildlife in general. However, it poses great danger and risk to depleted populations of endangered wildlife. Big game hunting is not only barbaric but also unnecessary in the current state of affairs. There are a plethora of solutions for resolving this issue that has received wide public acclaim.

Firstly, policies should be instituted to discourage big game hunting. The government through the Congress can take measures to reduce hunting of endangered species of wildlife that are endangered around the world. It can discourage hunting by listing the animals as threatened under the endangered species act. By registering different wildlife, hunting would be reduced dramatically in the wild. A country should show that it is managing their wildlife population sustainably by showing care to the endangered species. The policies should cover the importation of the animal byproducts in the country as well as within the country. Additionally, policies should be instituted limiting the importation of the trophies or products into the country. Consequently hunting pressure would be reduced significantly. Review of the current wildlife population has shown that over one hundred thousand elephants have been killed for the past three years. This is a statistic which shows that one elephant is killed for every fifteen minutes. Additionally, policies banning the sale of the byproducts in the country would consequently reduce the number of endangered species killed by poachers. Review of the motives behind the killings reveals a worrying fact that would eventually wipe out the entire population of wildlife. Conservation personnel reveal that hunting wildlife is a corrupt affair in all facets. Eventually, change can be realized only with the concerted efforts of people with the thoughts of the animals at heart (Parker).

Secondly, people should be educated on the adverse effects that hunting has on the endangered species in particular. Ignorance is one problem that will continuously hamper development in every place. Raising public awareness of the ills of hunting big game animals would significantly stir reactions from the general public on the significance of maintaining the current wildlife. Animal conservation projects are fueled by a mixed array of emotions which can be significantly influenced or wired into a specific perspective. The educator should keep in mind that opening up and maintaining an open forum is important in revealing how mankind can be greedy and destructive on fellow wildlife. During the education or public awareness program, it is important to stick to the facts and statistics behind the motives of the hunters. By maintaining feedback, a change would be realized sooner than later since the opinion and thoughts of some people take time to change given the nature of the information they receive. Effective education would be done on publican and online platforms where people have an open mind in as far as change is concerned (Musgrave et al).

Putting in place policies and educating the masses on the destructive effects of the killings would spur change shortly. Raising awareness can receive the support and boost of many prominent personnel and because the topic is controversial, many people would be willing to contribute significantly to a common cause. The laws, on the other hand, would ensure that individuals with private motives are hindered from carrying out their activities. In the long run, animals will be protected by a combined effort of upholding laws and educating people.

Works Cited

Musgrave, Ruth S., Sara Parker, and Miriam Wolok. “The Status Of Poaching In The United States—Are We Protecting Our Wildlife?.” Natural Resources Journal (1993): 977-1014.

Parker, Clifton B. “New U.S. Policies Can Discourage Trophy Hunting, Stanford Expert Says.” Stanford News, Stanford University, 3 Aug. 2015, news.stanford.edu/2015/08/03/big-game-hunting-080315/.

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