Thousands and thousands of people every year go out and harvest an animal, which will provide for them, and for their family if they have one, for the rest of the year. For some people this is the most affordable way for their family to get meat to eat. It costs a Montana resident $40 dollars to acquire a deer and elk permit. It then costs around another four hundred dollars to get both of these animals processed which means that they spend in total around $550 dollars a year for meat with the tag, gas, ammunition, and the processing of the animal. For people who are not very well off financially, this is something that is attainable and very beneficial to their nutrition and their family finances.
Unfortunately, this is a topic that is being challenged. Through organizations like The Human Society of the United States (HSUS), Pita, and the Defenders of Wildlife, there are individuals who are beginning to stand against hunting. The leader of Human Society of the United States president stated in the Bozeman Chronicle that “Our goal is to get sport hunting to the same level as cock fighting or dog fighting.” Doing this would take away a past time activity for some people and a way of life for others. This would also take away many citizens sources of income. The individuals who would be affected are guides, landowners, and the employees working for fish, wildlife, and parks. This is also taking a great amount of nutritional benefits out of some cultures. In small town mountain towns a lot of café’s and mom and pop stores serve many venison on the menus. Venison has plenty of nutritional benefits. A 4 ounce flank steak contains 9 grams of fat, 4 of the grams being saturated fats. In a 4 ounce venison steak there are 3 grams of fat, with only 1 one of the grams of fat being venison. A 4 ounce serving of porterhouse steak contains 76 milligrams of cholesterol, while a 4 ounce serving of venison contains 20 milligrams of cholesterol. Saturated fats and cholesterol are the two leading components in our foods that cause unhealthy hearts, veins. It would be nutritionally better to eat venison instead of beef, but many people are thrown off due to the meat coming from a wild animal. This is very unfortunate because obviously the venison that is consumed the most such as, deer, elk, and moose actually live much better lives than the cattle which are sometimes held up in very confined spaces, living only to be killed and processed for their meat one day.
All in all it would be very disappointing if the hunting rights were taken away from the American people. Many would lose their jobs, others would lose their way to put food on the table, and overall some Americans would lose one of their favorite past time activities.