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“For Environmental Balance, Pick Up A Rifle”

792 words - 4 pages

Mo Bourogaa
Ms. Duffy
English 112
11/28/13
“For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle”
Nickolas Kristof starts out his article by briefly quizzing the reader on general knowledge that he soon tries to challenge. Followed by his main argument led by an interesting title he chose when he decided to incorporate “picking up a rifle” with “environmental balance”. In doing this, the author makes it clear from the get-go that he stands firm with the belief that hunting is a logical solution to the issue of environmental balance. His solution to this problem is simply, Achieving environmental balance by the means of hunting; which could also be seen as the main thesis to this essay. ...view middle of the document...

Nonetheless Kristof continues his argument by pointing out how people nowadays may be more comfortable with the deer population declining because of reasons like disease or hunger. This credible author does great job in including credible opinions like those belonging to environmentalists who also lean towards the idea that “hunting could be green”. Sticking to his main focus of concern for the environment, Kristof makes a very solid point when linking hunting with the outdoors; pointing out how much more of a positive impact it may have on our environment in comparison to other activities we deem necessary but in turn have a negative impact on the environment such as “logging, mining, or oil drilling”.
I completely agree with argument set by the author when he points out how if humans wipe out a great number of predators, resulting in a “unnatural” growth in deer populations, we should be the ones that take on the job we’ve given ourselves as top predator. To do our part in keeping balance to the populations we’ve offset. As Kristof put it “it’s an abdication of environmental responsibility to eliminate other predators and then refuse to assume the job ourselves. In that case, the collisions with humans will simply get worse.” I also found myself in compliance with Kristof’s assumption...

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