Recently there have been numerous hunters going viral with their trophy photos, mostly in an extremely negative light. I'll bring in two examples, one of which is Kendall Jones who went viral this month, and Melissa Bachman. In response to the latter, this Buzzfeed post was placed and went viral too.
Now, I am really curious what your stance on hunting and your arguments for or against are. I am not inviting you all to mindlessly go bash hunters, I want a proper debate here.
Please keep in mind too that there's a difference between conservation hunting and recreational hunting.
Here's a pro-hunting website for you to browse through: click! (I'm sorry I couldn't find a better one, I guess the pro-ones don't really see the daylight much).
And here's an anti-hunting website for you, too: click!
To declare my own stance: I find conservational hunting 100% acceptable. We have things like pest control, animal protection (which occasionally involves killing off strays in case you never realized), so conservational hunting is not an exception for me. Especially hearing the experiences from my farmers family in law (we have three functional farms in the family, two vegetable farms and one cow farm) I find conservational hunting to be rather important. Living in the Netherlands, we don't have to deal with extreme® situations that would occur in American like killing off rabid wolves and bears, nor do we have the need to hunt animals for food; the only real 'threat' are geese (they are real aggressive sons of bitches ), so I'll admit that I don't know all the ins-and-outs, only of those in my own country.
But conserving by killing is really, very natural. You may absolutely question how much influence we as a human species must have on everything (because I feel often that we control too much), but nature is all about balance, and dying animals is an absolute important part of that. Other animal species keep each other's population in balance too, although mostly by survival and being each other's food. It might be a bit more complicated for humans but it comes down to the same principle; the geese are a threat to 'our' crops and thus a threat to our food supplies, so very strict official regulations have been put up in order to control it. Of course, every death of an animal is a pity (you bet I feel bad when I see a roadkill), but it is necessary.
Recreational hunting on the other hand I find absolutely despicable. Killing animals for fun is to me just as bad as killing people for fun. If you're a gunslinging sociopath leaving a trail of human corpses you get locked up for a good couple of years; why aren't the sociopaths that leave a trail of animal corpses for good fun locked up? There are SO many alternatives, like skeet shooting, shooting ranges and whatnot. Trust me, I love shooting too, the shooting range is the first thing I run to on a fair. It's fun, it's exciting, and I totally get the adrenaline rush a hunting session would give you. But it doesn't justify killing an innocent animal.
One of the ladies (Kendall Jones) I gave as an example stated that she is a conservationist hunter (I haven't found an official statement by Melissa Bachman, but do know she hosts a TV-show so she may have stated her intentions on there. I simply don't know). But the problem I find with these two ladies is the proud photos. How often do you see police officers sitting next to shot-down criminals, smiling?