This is the process of the reduction of a wild animal population by ‘selective slaughter’. This is done by segregating organisms from a group according to desired characteristics vs undesired characteristics and eventually killing the removed animals. This can also be defined as indiscriminate killing of one particular animal species. My question is should we allow culling to happen or should we allow natural selection to do its job? Culling is sometimes done as a process of regulating the population of a certain species in the ecosystem. This has been done in the United Kingdom where badgers have been culled, in Zimbabwe hippos are culled due to overpopulation, bats are culled in south America to reduce the spread of rabies and seals in South Africa are culled as well. I think that nature through its own way of natural selection and survival for the fittest is ‘culling’ the excess population in its own way. Culling has been described as inhumane according to their five freedoms( freedom from hunger &thirst, freedom from pain,injury & disease, freedom to express normal behavior, freedom from discomfort and freedom from fear & distress.) I believe that culling is abusing the freedoms of these wild animals because it causes them pain, fear and distress. Bison were hunted nearly to extinction before conservation efforts began. Now they’re being culled in Yellowstone National Park. Is culling a sign of the conservation movement’s success? Animals that are sentenced to brutal death by hunting due to overpopulation should be given a chance to ensure that all possible solutions have been tried before even beginning to think about culling. The solution that people are looking for in culling has caused near extinction of some animals turning licensed hunting of a specific number of animals meant for culling eventually turns into indiscriminate poaching. Illegal killing of wild animals is happening side by side with the government’s culling projects eventually leading animals to near extinction. What is your take on culling animals?
Barbara Michoma, The Traveling Mindset.