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Leave Wildlife Alone

Fishing and hunting are not peaceful pastimes, and they’re definitely not the way to spend quality time with the fam. Come on, there are a million things to do in the great outdoors that don’t involve hurting anyone, like hiking, canoeing, camping, mountain biking, and shooting animals with your camera.

Hurt GooseChasing defenseless animals around in the woods just so that you can shoot them and mount their heads on the wall is unbelievably cruel. And not all hunters are good shots, and animals’ suffering is prolonged when they are injured but not immediately killed by a bullet. Can you imagine how scary that is for the animals? Plus, hunting is also dangerous to humans! Every year, numerous hunters, hikers, and other people and animals who just happen to be in or near the woods are hurt and even killed by stray bullets.

Hunting, like factory farming, destroys families and causes pain, trauma, and grief to both the victims and the survivors. Why cause any suffering when we can avoid it? In this day and age, there is simply no reason for anyone to hunt.

Hooked BlueThere’s nothing pleasant or relaxing about ripping fish out of their watery homes by impaling them with painful hooks. Fish have very sensitive mouths, and they feel pain, just like other animals do. And fishing doesn’t just hurt fish, it hurts millions of other animals, like birds, turtles, and bats, too. Many animals become tangled in fishing line or swallow hooks that are left behind by fishers, causing them to suffer terribly and sometimes even starve to death slowly. In fact, officials with the Virginia Marine Science Museum Stranding Team say that monofilament fishing line is one of the top three threats to sea animals (the others are propeller and boat strikes and plastic trash). So please, leave the rods at home, and observe nature instead!

Hooked ClawWild animals are all around us, so please remember that it’s their world too, and be careful not to disturb them. If you see an animal, like a duck, goose, rabbit, opossum, or squirrel, in your path when you are walking with your dog or by yourself, be sure to leave room between you and the animal so that he or she isn’t frightened by you or your curious canine pal.

And no matter what you say, you can’t deny that there is nothing—and I mean nothing—in the whole world that’s cuter than a duckling! Each year, when spring comes, it brings with it baby animals like ducklings, goslings, squirrels, opossums, and bunnies. They are everywhere, so be sure to watch out for baby animals and their parents!

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