Things That Kids Can Do To Help
Some people call hunting a sport, but a sport is an activity
that involves people who want to play. Some people think hunting is great
fun, but how can it be fun to kill an animal?
Hunters say that they play an important role in keeping animal
populations down. They say if it wasnt for them, the animals would starve in
the winter because there isnt enough food for them. This isnt so. Most species
of animals regulate their population and have more babies when theres plenty of food
and less babies when there isnt. Its been found that in places where
hunting is legal, populations grow faster than in places where hunting isnt allowed.
Hunters also kill predators of deer including bears, bobcats, mountain lions and
coyotes. If they really wanted the population of deer to decrease, they would leave the
In nature, weak, old and injured animals usually die off first and
the strongest survive. Hunters on the other hand usually kill the biggest,
healthiest and strongest who probably would have survived the winter anyway. Thats
bad for all the animals.
Some hunters are not very responsible. They will shoot an animal and not
kill it and then fail to follow it to finish the job. These animals die terrible
deaths. Hunters also kill other animals by mistake like dogs. They also shoot
people accidentally on occasion.
Think very hard about whether you want to kill animals, even bugs.
If you live in the country, make big signs that say "No
Hunting" and post them on your property. You can even put these signs up if you
live in an apartment. Youll be letting people know that some people dont
think its OK to kill for fun.
If someone you know hunts, try to persuade them to hunt with a
camera instead. Animals "shot" with a camera can still go home at night to
take care of their babies.
Some pieces of land have been set aside as national wildlife
refuges. These were meant to be safe places for animals. Some refuges allow
people to hunt on them. You can write to your Congressperson to protest hunting on
national wildlife refuges. Send your letter to the House of Representatives,
Washington, D.C. 20515, or to the United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510. You
can find out the name of your representative by clicking here. A sample letter would be:
The Honorable (name of representative)
The U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator ______,
What good are national wildlife refuges to the animals? People
hunt and trap there. It is a shame because the animals have no place to be safe.
Please make our national wildlife refuges the safe places they were meant to be by
making hunting and trapping in them illegal.
You can write to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, U.S.F.W.S. Publications, 130 Webb, 1849 C. St. N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20240 for a free color map showing where national wildlife refuges are in the United
States. Visit their " Especially For Kids" page by clicking here.