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.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has approved that the areas of Lusese and Nakabolelwa along the Zambezi and Chobe rivers be turned into conservancies, bringing to 81 the number of registered conservancies in the country.
I find it completely horrendous and unacceptable that human beings wish to kill such beautiful animals.
It is not as if they are out in the jungle by themselves and the animals have equal chance of taking them out.
I saw a group of very rich American trophy hunters years ago in Zimbabwe, being led out by well trained game guides, and taken to a scene of about 200 m distance, where an old Lion was resting in the shade of a tree. ...
Safari hunting strikes many people as distasteful in the best of times, and during a conflict, as morally outrageous. The Central African Republic is at war again, and two loose-knit coalitions — one mostly Muslim, the other mostly Christian — are massacring each other. Yet the trophy hunting goes on. A few intrepid foreigners are traveling to the eastern parts of the republic to kill Lord Derby Eland, the largest antelope in Africa, and its shy forest cousin, the bongo....
So Kendall, I get the feeling this is why people have commented on your Facebook page. The hunter has become the hunted. Thousands of messages from shocked and angry people have landed on your page and told you exactly what they think of you faster than you can block and ban them....
...you think those of us who are vegetarian, vegan, anti-hunting etc are crazy don't you Kendall. You like to poke fun on your page at those of us who have respect and compassion for our fellow planet dwellers. That is fine, you can think that if you wish, but perhaps next time you preen in front of the mirror take a good long hard look at yourself and see the truth of an ugly soul looking back at you.
Your vanity in it's sickening need to proudly pose next to a dead animal is highly unattractive. Your need to place your foot upon the body of an animal is a concern. I suggest you get some therapy and soon....
In response to recent conflicts between bears and humans in Central Florida, some legislators have suggested that the Sunshine State needs to implement a trophy hunt on the unique and rare Florida black bear, a subspecies of the American black bear....
Award-winning conservationist sets the record straight about the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
There are always rational arguments to kill.
As I have heard the roar of the lions while sleeping in a tent on the ground I have maybe experienced a wee glimpse into what it must be like to live in fear of them and rampaging elephants.
However, there must be alternatives to killing... like protecting the villages.
South of the iMfolozi Game Reserve they did just that, provided enclosures to keep the wild dogs who slipped underneath the park fences from killing the goats and cows.
If hunters became donors.... look at the ton of money ($28m in 2009 in South Africa) that could go towards building such fences or providing sounds systems that keep predators at bay (the latter is a whole other story for another day).
A report that hunting permits had been issued in Namibia for six desert elephants to be killed for meat in exchange for villager votes in favour of the ruling party, SWAPO, has raised a storm of protest from conservationists worldwide.
According to the article, the meat-for-votes deal was made against the advice of qualified scientists and conservationists working for the protection of the desert elephants.
A spokesperson for the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Romeo Muyunda, confirmed the permits had been issued, saying: “The local people need to benefit from the elephants in some way or another, or they will begin poaching them.”
......I work at a major firearms manufacturer. If stereotypes are derived as a reflection of the majority, well … Most employees wear camouflaged clothing to work. There are many trucks in the parking lot with gun racks and stickers bearing different NASCAR racers’ car numbers. You’ll hear Obama jokes, double negatives, and the word “ain’t.” A lot. If Wal-Mart doesn’t have it, they don’t need it. And personal firearms are allowed in the building. Care to guess how they feel about the second amendment, firearms, and hunting?
But even these hardcore second amendment supporters are divided on the issue of trophy hunting; that is, killing an animal you do not intend to consume. A quick straw poll at the office reflected the thoughts of one hunter who posted on Miss Jones’ Facebook page, ‘I’m a hunter and proud of that. That being said I eat what I shoot and only hunt overpopulated animals that other wise [sic] would starve or get diseased. Trophy hunting majestic and rare animals so you can get paid by the people who sponsor you is sick! … Don’t make the rest of us look bad with this crap!”....
The President of the Humane Society of the United States worked with about a dozen other volunteers on a door-to-door campaign on Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness for ballot issues concerning wolves in November.
Two readers whose work involves animals offer opposing views of African trophy hunters...
A positive light — entirely undeserving — is shed on the blood-soaked businesses of canned hunts and safaris in Africa.
Hunting is an act against nature with devastating, far-reaching consequences to entire species, individual animals and their family groups. African antelopes are endangered, yet wealthy trophy hunters spend small fortunes massacring these magnificent animals. It’s up to animal charities to ensure legal protections for these animals and their habitat, and to shield them from the hunters who would make them extinct.
Portraying such grotesque, selfish actions as responsible for maintaining areas of “relative peace” in Africa is to deny the fact that hunting itself is an act of violence that needs to be snuffed out across the globe....