Fast Fact: Hunters in Australia have been granted rights to hunt in our publicly owned, state forests.
- Many people consider hunting a sport. The definition of sport is ‘an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another’. As an animal cannot compete with a human bearing weapons, there is nothing equal or fair about.
- Hunters my use the guise of ‘population control’ to explain their behaviour when often it is simply because they take pleasure from killing. Ask a hunter why they hunt and they will frequently argue that they do so for environmental reasons. Few hunters will publicly admit to enjoying the thrill of the kill, simply because many people would accuse them of animal cruelty.
- Hunters frequently leave animals badly injured to suffer a slow and painful death. In addition many animals will be left orphaned, too young to fend for themselves. They will either die of starvation or be preyed upon by other animals.
- Some hunters also choose to use other animals to assist with the killing such as dogs. Many of these animals can also suffer horrendous injuries both from the animals they are attacking and can also be accidentally shot by the hunters who force them to take part.
- Allowing hunting to take place recreationally lowers the bar so that people who are not experienced and skilful at killing animals outright can take up the hobby.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in hunting is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!