Method/Source: Using data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the number of hunting licenses issued throughout the country, the established baseline is 14,974,534 licenses (2011). The eventual goal for number of hunting licenses issued is zero. The score calculates how much this number has declined since the baseline year by taking the difference between the baseline figure and the current number, as a proportion of the baseline figure. However, because the baseline is also the current year, there is no reduction and the score is zero.
Number of hunting licenses issued in the U.S. by year
Discussion: There are a wide variety of food sources and recreational activities available to the U.S. population; hunting animals is unnecessary and is predominantly for “sport,” not sustenance. Tracking, injuring, and killing animals for sport is something that animal protection advocates oppose and would like to see eliminated. 2011 marks the highest level of hunting licenses issued in the past five years. In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued almost 15 million licenses. This is an increase of more than a half-million licenses from the previous year.