In very general terms, hunting refers to the activity of pursuing and killing free-roaming animals. It is often assumed that these are wild animals, but that is not necessarily the case. There are many reasons why human beings hunt. These range from a need to obtain protein-based sources of nourishment to the pursuit of recreation or of a thrill. People also hunt to collect raw materials that are used for industrial purposes, as in the case of the fur industry, or to collect trophies, amulets, or the ingredients for magic and aphrodisiac potions. Why people hunt, how they hunt, what they hunt, and what they do with the products of hunting endeavors say a lot about a society's social organization, economic systems, culture, and values. ...

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