Originally Posted by Beancounter
Thank you Heather. I agree with everything you said 100%. As for oysters, I would not personally want to use them for target practice, or harm them in any way, but a few other members see no problem in exploiting them, due to their lack of sensory organs, so I included that reference in the OP. But the main point is about deer and the theoretical benefits of reducing the herd through hunting.
No, I think it's equally as wrong to kill an oyster as I do a deer, but then I am one of those people who is always moving spiders, slugs other creepy crawlies around to stop them getting harmed, where as some people don't see creatures like that in the same light as other animals, like dogs or cats, I do.
In theory, what you're saying could be beneficial to an over populated herd, but I'm sceptical to the reality of it and believe there are better ways to get the same result.
I don’t know the facts, but would be surprised if there that many area’s that were so over populated animals are starving and suffering to the degree where humans feel they need to intervene. And what is the cause of this? Like RunnerVeggie says, is this due to us destroying their habitat? Because surely we could restore places for them to create their homes so that none had to die.
I also agree that it’s doubtful that hunters would actually cull the sick or weak, the people that would be doing the hunting would probably be the sort that find it entertaining and would go for the animals in their prime, as RunnerVeggie said. This would not solve anything and will leave dependant fawns without parents. I think a lot of people would use this as an excuse for a free-for-all in deer shooting, without any intention of helping the species.
The same could be said for humans, we have large areas of overpopulation where people are starving to death etc. do you think it would be ethical to cull Africa, or shooting all the illiterate/handicap people in the world in the name of improving the gene pool or reducing suffering? When it's put like that it sounds atrocious, but surely it's the same thing for the deer?
I believe that if human’s go away and leave mother nature to do her job, these animals would be fine. I think we should be putting money and time into conserving what we have for animals to live in peace (WITHOUT us meddling every two seconds trying to 'help') and less time looking for quick fixes.