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African Lions Move Closer to U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

African Lions Move Closer to U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that African lions (Panthera leo leo) may deserve protected status under the Endangered Species Act. The decision, ...
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Trophy hunting - Wikipedia

Trophy hunting - Wikipedia | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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.

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Kelly Waetzig's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:25 PM
http://www.kwoutdoorequipment.com/hunting.html again thank you

I am a very big fan of trophy hunting and this article is very true.  I spent 20 years in the outfitting industry and know first hand what happens when things are not properly managed.  Quality can lead to quanity

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Most Unlikely Trophy Hunting Victims - Children

Most Unlikely Trophy Hunting Victims - Children | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
The next generation will pay the price as trophy, canned and sport hunting become increasingly more bizarre with hunters engaging children at earlier ages.
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Killing for Conservation? A House Divided!

Killing for Conservation? A House Divided! | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

......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!”....

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Facebook allows ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ page, but deletes her game hunting photos

Facebook allows ‘Kill Kendall Jones’ page, but deletes her game hunting photos | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Facebook has allowed the “Kill Kendall Jones” community page to stay, despite deleting several of the Texas teen’s hunting photos for violating the social media network’s animal abuse policies.....

 

But wait there's an update:

UPDATE: A community demanding the removal of the “Kill Kendall Jones” page quickly gained support over Wednesday night, and it appears that Facebook has removed it as of Thursday morning.

 

Social media users began uploading messages they received from Facebook that said the page had been deleted due to posing a “credible threat of violence.”


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/9/facebook-allows-kill-kendall-jones-fan-page-delete/#ixzz37SMSV3lq ;
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I still see her page??? Though the most offensive images have been removed.

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Stopping Michigan wolf hunt the focus of humane society president's Kalamazoo visit

Stopping Michigan wolf hunt the focus of humane society president's Kalamazoo visit | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
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.
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They're beyond endangered, they're dead!

Our panel has harsh words for teen hunter Kendall Jones on hunting wildlife in Africa and posting her photos online.
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The Ethics of Safari Hunting in Africa

The Ethics of Safari Hunting in Africa | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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....

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Elephant trophy hunting quota halved in Tanzania

Elephant trophy hunting quota halved in Tanzania | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

To allow for population growth the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu announced reduction in trophy hunting to exercise control in light of the ivory poaching crisis.

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A Tribute to the King of Beasts - The Lion

The most majestic of animals.

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Avid hunter claims: hunting is 'kind'

Avid hunter claims: hunting is 'kind' | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Hunting is the kindest thing of all, says avid hunter Johan Smit, responding to Bradley Bergh’s excellent letter to WWF.

In his view, Texan huntress Kendall Jones pictured here, is being kind to the lion species....

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Now this makes me think....

"Hunting is to conservation what pornography is to art"

- Chris Mercer with the Campaign Against Canned Hunting and author of the article.

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Controversy grows as first desert elephant shot

Controversy grows as first desert elephant shot | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
News that Namibia has just followed through on killing the first of the Namibian desert elephants is causing an outcry.
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Grrr! Shame on you!

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Trophy Hunters Become Donors to Preserve African Wildlife

Trophy Hunters Become Donors to Preserve African Wildlife | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
What if sport and trophy hunters in South Africa spent their money on live instead of dead animals?
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In this post I chat about changing one thing to make 'givers' out of 'takers'... can it work?

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Lawmakers take aim at trophy deer trade

Lawmakers take aim at trophy deer trade | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS -- Six members of Congress are urging federal agricultural officials to ban the interstate movement of captive deer.
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Why Big Game Hunting Does Not Help Conservation

Why Big Game Hunting Does Not Help Conservation | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
With less than 2% of tourism profits coming from hunters, and less than 3% of those going back to local communities, who do you think benefits?
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Instead of deterring poachers, some say trophy hunting is actually creating a conduit?

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Namibia: New Trophy Hunting Conservancies Approved in Zambezi

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.
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World Cup beauty loses modeling gig after hunting photo outrage

World Cup beauty loses modeling gig after hunting photo outrage | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

The Belgian beauty who scored a L’Oreal modeling deal after her World Cup photos went viral earlier this week has been released from her contract.

 

The decision comes after 17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere sparked outrage on Facebook with a picture showing her posing with a dead oryx gazelle she had hunted in Africa, The Independent reports....

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Hunting ain't cool anymore!

Or is this the new double standard? Okay for guys but not for gals?

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Steven Spielberg Hunting Photo Sparks Hilarious Online Outrage

Steven Spielberg Hunting Photo Sparks Hilarious Online Outrage | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Anti-hunting advocates went ballistic when a photo of Steven Spielberg with a dead animal was posted online. Those who engaged in the social network bashing
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Namibia: Elephant Attacks Trophy Hunter

A Namibian professional hunter sustained multiple injuries when a young elephant bull attacked him in the Uukwaluudhi Conservancy.
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Trophy hunting is 'it completely horrendous and unacceptable'

Trophy hunting is 'it completely horrendous and unacceptable' | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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.  

No. 

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.  ...

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Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts

Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Australians who travel overseas to hunt rhinoceroses will no longer be allowed to bring home their slaughter.
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Way to go Australia... Thanks MP Jason Wood!

Who's going to be next?

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, July 2, 5:26 PM

Good job!

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 3, 2:41 AM
Thank you Aus for setting an example and trying to bring down the demand for Rhino horn! GO Aus GO!!!!!
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Blame War, Not Safaris for wildlife loss!

Blame War, Not Safaris for wildlife loss! | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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....

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Open Letter to Kendall Jones - the Hunter Who Has Become The Hunted

Open Letter to Kendall Jones - the Hunter Who Has Become The Hunted | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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....

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Kate MacFall: Hunt is not a solution to problem of bears

Kate MacFall: Hunt is not a solution to problem of bears | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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....

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Hunting of “desert” elephants - good or bad?

Hunting of “desert” elephants - good or bad? | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Award-winning conservationist sets the record straight about the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.
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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).

 

http://www.nikela.org/trophy-hunters-become-donors-preserve-african-wildlife/ ;

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Namibia accused of allowing elephant hunting to gain local political support

Namibia accused of allowing elephant hunting to gain local political support | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

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.”

 

He declined to comment further....

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Study: Exploring the Role of Private Wildlife Ranching as a Conservation Tool in South Africa: Stakeholder Perspectives

Cousins, J. A., J. P. Sadler, and J. Evans. 2008. Exploring the role of private wildlife ranching as a conservation tool in South Africa: stakeholder perspectives. Ecology and Society 13(2): 43..... 2008

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