Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

Hunting animals is one of mankind’s earliest instincts and, therefore, should not be restricted. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

In the past people hunted for survival and depended on what they caught to feed and clothe them. They usually hunted wild animals like deer, caught fish in rivers and lakes and birds too. Today people mostly consume farm animals like cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. These are produced on a large scale and are found in supermarkets, markets and at the butchers. Those who hunt usually do it for sport rather than out of necessity.

Our lifestyles have changed as well as our food. Hunting should be restricted in some cases as the motive behind it is profit rather than consumption. Poachers in Africa kill elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns selling them to countries like China who sell them to consumers at high prices for medical purposes. There is a need to protect these animals from indiscriminate hunting practices.

As wildlife is becoming scarce due to the shrinking of their natural habitat and the number of hunters who hunt for a hobby is on the rise, I believe it is a good idea to restrict this practice. Hunting on a large scale affects eco systems leading to an imbalance in nature. Governments often try to maintain a balance by issuing licenses to a limited number of people and placing restrictions on the amount of animals a hunter can kill. What is more, governments breed animals in captivity and then release them into the wild during the hunting season.

I believe that hunting should be restricted because we have moved away from a nomadic lifestyle and have settled in cities where food is readily available. Hunting merely for entertainment or profit does not help the environmental problems that exist, nor does hunting animals like whales and sharks to satisfy a nation's taste buds.

Questions taken from Focusing on IELTS Reading and Writing skills p.183

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