Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals...
Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents.
Public debate about trophy hunting often centres on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.
In an article published in the Sunday Times a week ago [May 31], Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, admonishes conservationists to “put the lid on” what she believes are unfounded claims of canned lion hunting in South Africa that are “damaging our reputation for species conservation”. By ANDREAS WILSON-SPÄTH.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
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Over 99% of all lions killed by trophy hunters in South Africa are animals that have been bred and raised in captivity.
Imagine an animal running fearfully from a hunter, and quickly finding that everywhere it turns, there is a fence. Or, imagine an animal trustingly approaching a person after a lifetime of human interaction, only to be shot with a bullet or arrow, then suffering a slow, agonizing death. These scenes capture the manipulative "game" of a canned hunt....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Although South Africa has become the canned hunting capitol of the world... the USA also ranks up there...
The wealthy Texan who shelled out $350,000 for the privilege of hunting down and killing a black rhino — an act he claims helps the endangered species — is a "coward" simply out to satisfy his "bloodlust," award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell tells Newsmax TV.
Killing endangered wildlife to save it is just wrong.
It does not make sense morally, economically, biologically, or from a conservation-incentive point of view. It is a philosophy that has no place in modern conservation.
And even though it is Americans who constitute a major percentage of the world's trophy hunters, this small, wealthy club of big game sport hunters do not embrace the values of the vast majority of other Americans who appreciate the many non-exploitative values of wild animals.
For example, a Synovate eNation poll in 2011 found that of those responding to its survey, 70.4% of Americans would pay to view lions on an African safari, while only 6.6% would pay to hunt them.
And opposition is not just theoretical -- a poll conducted by the Beekeeper group on behalf of the IFAW in 2014 found that 82% of Americans surveyed support banning lion trophies, and 83% support banning elephant trophies....
It has recently been brought to my attention that the Illinois bobcat, which was only recently removed from the State’s protected species list, could become a hunted trophy animal. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, their best guess is that there are only 5,000 bobcats in Illinois.
Given an even distribution, that means less than 50 per county. Why does the State Legislature propose such a trophy hunting bill? It is likely that a few hunters are looking to cash in on the overseas market for bobcat pelts and mounted bobcats."...
Nine months after Zambia lifted its general trophy hunting ban—including on elephants—the country has now lifted its ban on hunting African lions and leopards. The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) lifted the ban after surveying its big cat populations and setting new regulations.
The simple answer is no, it in fact accelerates their decline in the wild.
And here's some of the reasons why:
- The 200 or so lion breeding farms in South Africa need a steady supply of new cubs smuggled from the wild to supplement the breeding stock and to prevent the inbreeding that occurs when close relatives are mated. ...
Global aviation giant, Emirates Airlines, has sent shock-waves through the South African hunting industry after it became the second major airline to place an embargo on the transport of elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies in less than a month.
An animal-rights group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop a policy it says allows trophy hunters, circus acts and others dealing with threatened species to skirt the Endangered Species Act by making token donations to conservation groups.
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