Incidents of animals suffering grisly arrow wounds are being documented all over the country, including a report in the Colorado Springs area by KKTV of a deer wandering about with an arrow sticking out of his eye. Other reports have come in from Parker about a deer with an arrow in its back and New Jersey of a deer with an arrow in his head. Of course these reports consist only of the animals that have managed to wander into populated areas where they can be seen. Unknown is the extent of the carnage littering the forests of Colorado and forest lands throughout the United States where bow hunting is rapidly increasing in popularity.
According to Wikipedia, the bow was most likely invented in the Paleolithic or early Mesolithic time periods when cave men walked the earth foraging for food. The bow was an advanced weapon at the time and was fairly necessary for the survival of the primitive family unit. The bow in modern times, of course is not necessary for anyone's survival and is used mainly for sport. Target shooting and recreational hunting specifically.
The Animal Rights Coalition has analyzed the results of 24 studies on bow hunting with some startling results. The inescapable conclusion is that archery is not likely to result in successful hunting. The Animal Rights Coalition reports a conservative estimate of greater than 50% for wounding the animal without recovery and a 14 shot per kill ratio. These figures indicate that the animal is not going to die immediately and is likely to suffer terribly, wandering the woods for days waiting to die slowly and horribly, eaten alive by predators.
Although growing in popularity, archery remains an activity for a very small segment of the population. According to In Defense of Animals, “there are approximately 3.2 million registered bow hunters, or just 1.4 percent of Americans”. So this begs the question, why should such a small percentage of the population be allowed to cause such suffering to wildlife and emotional trauma to the remainder of the population who are unwillingly forced to carry the images of defenseless wounded creatures in their minds for the rest of their lives?
Archery is no longer necessary. It is a cruel and selfish choice made by a sadistic minority. We no longer live in the stone age and more successful and humane forms of hunting are easily accessible. If a person caused this degree of suffering to a dog, cat or horse, they would be put in prison for felony cruelty to animals. The time has come to recognize that wildlife feels pain the same as any living creature and these majestic, beautiful and beloved living beings should not be made to suffer unnecessarily.
Of course Bow hunters and hunting advocates will claim that hunting generates revenue necessary to maintain parks and recreation areas, but they overlook a new and even faster growing and more popular trend, wildlife viewing. According to Project 99 and a large number of other studies, "The number of people who enjoy observing and learning about wildlife is growing steadily and has already surpassed the number of hunters and revenues generated by them."
The time has come for the will of the majority to be respected. Bow hunting should be banned.