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Environmental Ethics

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 1990

Theodore R. Vitali
Pages 69-82
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics199012110

Sport Hunting: Moral or Immoral?

Hunting for sport or pleasure is ethical because (1) it does not violate any animal’s moral rights, (2) it has as its primary object the exercise of human skills, which is a sufficient good to compensate for the evil that results from it, namely, the death of the animal, and (3) it contributes to the ecological system by directly participating in the balancing process of life and death upon which the ecosystem thrives, thus indirectly benefiting the human community. As such, hunting is not only a natural good, but also a moral good.

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