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Poems

Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

Hunting for Sport?

Hunting for sport is wrong. It is my opinion that it is cruel to hunt down and kill an animal for the fun of it.

I understand hunting for food. It is often necessary for some people. I have no problem with someone hunting id they eat the animal they kill and are within the law.

Nonetheless, I think that it is disgusting to kill an animal simply so it can be stuffed and put on display. It seems immoral to me to torture fellow creatures for pleasure.

Also, hunting for sport has contributed to extinguishing many species and endangering many more. The possibility of losing more of our planet's precious wildlife, on which much of our own existence depends, is intolerable.

I find it sickening that people can find it enjoyable to annihilate another creature. It makes no sense to me.

I think the fact that humans have attained self-awareness gives us a responsibility. Since we are intelligent beings, we know how our actions can have an effect on the world. Our intelligence allows us to affect more than if we had remained relatively simple primates like our distant ancestors, relying mainly on instinct to guide us through life. Humans change the world constantly, according to our whims.

We often have an unfair advantage over other creatures. If we are naturally unequipped to grapple with a tiger, we can build a gun that can take it down. Since we have this advantage, just like every other human, what need is there for us to take advantage of the weak spot of other animals to show off for each other?


Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002