There are many forms of hunting. Trophy hunters hunt for the sheer pleasure of the pursuit and kill, with no intent to use the carcass except perhaps to display the preserved head. Trophy hunting is not necessary for subsistence. Like trophy hunters, sport hunters hunt for the pleasure of the act; hunting is not necessary for them to survive. Unlike trophy hunters, however, sport hunters consume the meat. Unlike trophy and sport hunters who hunt habitually, emergency hunters kill animals only under the extremely rare condition that the hunters must do so to preserve their life in the short term; they do not hunt as a way of life. Therapeutic hunters hunt to preserve the health or integrity of an ecosystem, killing individual animals as a way to maximize environmental conditions and the overall welfare of the greatest number of the species hunted.

Subsistence hunters, unlike any of the previous hunters, must habitually kill animals for one of two reasons: either to survive or to preserve intact their traditional way of life. Subsistence hunting is the traditional practice, often imbued with religious significance, of habitually killing animals at a sustainable rate to feed one's self and family when no other adequate sources of protein are available.

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