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How long have humans been hunting?

According to a 2012 discovery by the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, humans have hunted for 2 million years. To learn more, read “A Right to be Human.”

How has hunting shaped humanity?

Hunting is literally responsible for humanity as we know it. Hunting allowed humans the nutrition that led to brain development and, eventually, species development. The act and celebration of hunting led to the development of language, art, law and even religion. To learn more, read “We Are Hunters.”

What are the primary anti-hunting groups in the U.S.?

The two most visible and well-funded anti-hunting organizations are People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Countless smaller groups, some of them funded by these organizations, exist both in the U.S. and around the globe. To learn more, read “The Animal Rights Dream.”

Do these organizations really want to ban hunting?

Yes. Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS has been quoted as saying “We’re out to minimize suffering wherever it can be done, and wherever our limited resources can be utilized most effectively—abusive forms of hunting now, all hunting eventually.” To learn more, read “The Animal Rights Dream.”

Does HSUS support animal shelters?

Despite their name, the Humane Society of the United States does not run a single animal shelter anywhere in the World. According to published documents, less than 1% of their expenditures goes to animal shelters.

Why should I support hunting?

Hunting is a fundamental human behavior that is legal, sustainable, ethical and benefits both habitats and species.

Won’t hunting lead to extinction?

No animal species has ever been sport hunted to extinction. The greatest threats to endangered animals are habitat loss and illegal poaching. Hunting dollars can help preserve critical habitats and legal hunters are a poacher’s worst enemies. Hunting usually results in the expansion of the population of a given species.

Why do we need to hunt animals?

Human population growth and urban and suburban sprawl have destroyed habitats, migration routes and predator populations. Since most game animals enjoy a limited habitat and have few, if any, natural predators, they must be hunted in order to maintain a healthy population.

I support hunting for meat, but how can you support “trophy hunting?”

“Trophy Hunting” is a term that is often used to describe the pursuit of a specific game animal based on its superior body, horn or antler size. Such animals are generally mature males who are often beyond prime breeding age. Not only is the targeting of such older males sustainable, it can be extremely challenging. Hunting an animal for its antlers and its meat are not mutually exclusive: As a matter of fact, it is unlawful in the vast majority of U.S. jurisdictions to abandon or waste edible game meat. Even trophy animals end up on the plate.

Is hunting safe?

Statistically, hunting is extremely safe. According to NSSF data, hunting with a gun is the third-safest sport when compared to 28 other popular sports, and has a lower injury rate than tackle football.

How much do hunters contribute financially to conservation?

Through excise taxes on hunting-related equipment, hunters have contributed over $7.2 billion to state conservation efforts. Given current levels of firearm and ammunition sales, hunters now contribute over $371 million annually. In addition, hunters pay $796 million annually in hunting licenses and fees and contribute over $440 million to conservation charities.

How many U.S. jobs are created by hunting?

680,000 jobs are directly related to hunting in the United States.

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