A case might be made for the right to hunt for food and to manage wildlife populations, but surely some of the more than 14,000 people who bought wolf-hunting licenses are interested in neither wolf sandwiches nor animal husbandry: they simply enjoy hunting.And hate wolves.
Some note that hunting is a challenging activity. No doubt. As is juggling flaming axes while blindfolded. And drunk. But not everything difficult is desirable. Or ethical. Pickpocketing, too, is tough....Unless you are a psychopath.
Inflicting death is not an acceptable leisure activity.
Beyond what it inflicts on the wolf — pain, death — hunting damages us. It coarsens us. It inures us to suffering. One measure of a society is how it treats the week and vulnerable, including animals, including those deemed “wild” or outside the bounds of society.The argument is not that we shouldn't kill animals, but that we shouldn't kill them wantonly, and not for kicks.
(We can hear the wolf-haters railing against the liberal elite east-coasters already.)