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A topic that is very important to me is hunting. Many people are of the opinion, hunting would be necessary without being informed what is really going on. The following facts are based on German hunting habits, thus, they may differ from the data of your country.

The following facts are taken from www.animal-peace.de and www.etn-ev.de (other sources are mentioned in the text below).

  • Every year, about 350.000 cats and between 40.000 and 60.000 dogs are shot by German hunters or killed in traps. It's legal to shoot cats if they are more than around 200 metres (656 ft) away from the house in an unspoilt area. This number depends on the federal state. That doesn't make sense and that's the proof that hunters murder because of fun. Actually, dogs have to be caught red-handed, but there were already cases that dogs were shot when they were only a few metres away from the owner. If you understand German, I suggest watching this video: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=ouoZ_VALgGA
  • Attractants are used to lure the cat unerrignly into the traps. This is also working from afar.
  • Every year, 5.5 million animals are killed by hunters. That's one animal within six seconds and as many as the inhabitants of Cologne, Berlin and Frankfurt together. This number does not include the domestic animals.
  • 10% of the hares are killed by foxes but 40% are killed by hunters. According to this, it's out of the question that hunters kill foxes to ensure a steady population of hares.
  • The lead shot which is used by many hunters is particularly problematic because it causes fatal environment contamination: 400 tonnes of plumb are spread over the scenery by hunters every year; That's twice as much as the industry produces! Secondly, the pellet is very unexact: On average, it hits an animal the size of a pheasant by only one pellet from a distance of 35 metres (115 ft). Otherwise, the hunters would not be able to hit the animal. But it means unbearable torments for our four-legged friends over minutes, hours and even days, because they often die due to toxication by the plumb. (proof: "Tierschutz konsequent", Nr. 2/08)
  • 25% of the ducks and about 40% of the gray geese must live with gunshout wounds!
  • There are also endangered animals which count among the German shooting right. (polecat, partridge, pine marten and so on)
  • Private property can be hunted by federal law, which means, the owner doesn't have any influence if it's allowed to hunt on the land.

Several videos made by the Austrian animal rights group "VGT" during a hunt nearby Zurndorf in Burgenland (That's a small federal state in the East of Austria) show that many hunters are violent. The organisation described the happening in their magazine ("Tierschutz konsequent" 2/08). I give you a short summary of the text:

Sunday, 18th of November 2007, south of Zurndorf in Burgenland: 60 hunters spend their freetime shooting at defenseless bunnies. Many of them were just injured and suffered from terrible pain. Some of them were struck dead but some were left behind despite their pain.
After some time, a group of animal rights activists protested against this massacre peacefully. But the hunting fraternity reacted with brutal violence. Despite the prensence of 40 activists, many hunters continued shooting at hares, which ran across the field near the humans. One hunter shot into an umbrella which was held by an activist. Two hunters threatened the activists to be shot if they didn't go away

In the afternoon, the violence of the hunters against the people who didn't share their opinion escalated completely. They attacked the four animal liberationists in groups, knocked them down and kicked at the body and the head. They also tried to snatch their cameras. Five hunters wanted to drag an activist into a car obviously to mistreat him out of eyeshot. (VGT, "Tierschutz konsequent", 2/08)

The video proofs recorded by the Austrian animal rights group VGT can be watched on Youtube:

You will find further information on:
www.vgt.at (english version: klick here)

Hunting international

Trophy Hunting

Unfortunately, trophy hunting is an appreciated activity especially in Africa, Central Asia and North America. The important tourist destination Kenya is one of the few countries in Africa where trophy hunting is prohibited. It is definitely true that poaching is a big problem in Kenya but this is not because there is no trophy hunting, the actual reason is that Kenya has quite a lot of inhabitants compared to other African countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Moreover, Kenya borders on Somalia where many poachers come from.

The goal of many trophy hunters is to shoot Africa's "big five" including the vulnerable elephant, the endangered rhino and the vulnerable lion. Yes, it is legal to kill (endangered) animals like those in many areas. Indeed there are quotas but however, they are not based on science but rather defined at random by the governments. Therefore, it is not sure that those quotas ensure the survival of a species.

Hunting tourism has become an important economic sector but not for the local people. European and American visitors pay horrendous fees to the companies promoting trophy hunting but they do not support the poor people at all. There is an alternative kind of tourism which is far more profitable for the community, namely ecotourism. The Kenyan organization COBEC promotes ecotourism along the Kenyan coast. The guests may participate in projects in order to do something good for the environment and for the people. Please read the short presentation of COBEC to learn more about the positive aspects of ecotourism.

There are people who say that trophy hunting can decrease poaching but nevertheless, countries that do allow trophy hunting such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia are unable to get poaching under control. There are more effective measures to be taken in order to protect the animals from illegal hunters. The planned Serengeti Highway for example would definitely give poachers the opportunity to enter the Serengeti National Park unhamperedly. Moreover, the gamekeepers do a good job but it is decisive to invest in new technologies in order to to supervise the sanctuaries. This cannot be put into effect without international subsidies, though, including private donations.

Internet Hunting

The term "Internet Hunting" refers to an especially cruel kind of hunting. The "hunters" register on a website, pay a certain amount of money and thereafter they can control a static weapon somewhere in the prairie for a limited time. The weapons are located at feeding grounds so that there are always enough prey animals. This disgusting but unfortunately effective method has its origin in Texas. Luckily, Internet Hunting has been banned in 38 states so far, including Texas, thanks to the efforts of the "Humane Society of the United States".