Is it a Blood Sport?
Since the beginning of history, man has hunted animals for food to live and to utilized other parts for clothing and other essential reasons. In this modern world men still hunt animals for food but also for sport. The question is, has hunting become or has always been a blood sport? People have many assumptions to whether or not hunting is an act of senseless murder or a sport. Blood sports are along the lines of dog fighting and cock fighting. To better understand the differences between the two, it must be defined down to the very last detail.
Throughout history people have been pursuing wild animals to provide their families with food, clothing, and shelter. In these modern times societies hunting needs for survival has lessened because of the development of agriculture, animal husbandry and manufacturing of processed food. The overall sport of hunting, however has lingered on because of the challenge and enjoyment of outdoor life. In the ancient world of Europe, nobility enjoyed hunting as a sport as we do today. There was times in history when hunting became profitable and hunters began killing animals for their fur, skins, and claws. This is when regulations began to come into effect because of over abundance of killing. People confuse poaching with hunting which gives people the wrong idea about the sport. Poachers are people who murder animals for profit and do not respect the environment and its wild life inhabitants. In the past some species began to rapidly disappear, so strict regulations came into effect that started the national parks which protected wild game.
After state laws were passed, wild life began to increase considerably because of the lack of lager predators like mountain lions, bears and wolves. Settlers in various areas began to have problems with the wildlife attacking crops and orchards. One man came up with an idea stated in the Encyclopedia Encarta: