Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Sport Hunting and Food Procurement Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_595



Ancient petroglyphs around the world testify to hunting being one of the oldest food procuring practices among humans. Tracking, trapping and killing wildlife have shown continuity as cultural practices from the earliest nomadic hunters and gathers, over agricultural settlements, and the domestication of wild animals, to the industrialized societies of modern times (Geist 2010). Although hunting no longer constitutes an indispensable practice for our survival of human beings in general, it remains a widespread phenomenon in most parts of the world. Indeed, while ratio of hunters to nonhunters has declined, some parts of the world have seen hunting increases in popularity, attracting new hunters across several demographic axes, including urban residents and women (Hansen et al. 2012).

The development constitutes an ostensive paradox. Since foods are conveniently...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban and Rural Development, Division of Environmental CommunicationSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Bioscience – Wildlife EcologyAarhus UniversityRøndeDenmark