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Black rhino hunt to be auctioned at DSC

Black rhino hunt to be auctioned at DSC | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Now this is historic.


Through an historic collaboration between governments, one hunter will have a chance to hunt a black rhino, help manage and conserve the species, and import a rare trophy to the US in 2014.


The Dallas Safari Club has been selected by the Government of the Republic of Namibia to auction a special hunting permit with all proceeds earmarked for rhino conservation in that country...

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And this is something to be proud of?

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Marcus Clarke's comment, October 18, 2013 7:54 PM
I am pretty sure that this is not "historic". SANParks have done this kind of thing in the past to bring much needed cash to Wildlife services under pressure from lack of funds etc. It is certainly not something to be proud of but reflects the challenges faced by those on the frontlines of conservation. We desperately need a new model for development because right now the poor are standing still, the rich are getting richer (Africa has a growing number of new billionaires) and wildlife is disappearing faster than ever.
Dominique Osh's comment, October 18, 2013 8:37 PM
thank you Marcus, I agree, this is unbelievable sell out of Rhino's to The Dallas Safari Club, they are the enemy to all wildlife, wishing they will all suffer a "hunting accident"..Sorry to learn this is not a 1st, and that this is what they have to resort to for funds. Yes, evident all over the world that the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer, personally evident to me for last 20 years, but recently escalated to insanity proportions.
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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 5:25 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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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....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

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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How Petting that Lion Cub Supports Canned Hunting

Expose of canned lion hunting and cub petting in South Africa
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

A must watch must share video.

Do you know how many lions are set up for canned hunts a year?

Did you know it all started with petting that adorable little cub?

What I didn't know is that this practice is impacting wild lion prides and accelerating their demise.... bad stuff!

Canned lion hunting must be stopped.

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Judge keeps intact ban on importation of African elephant trophies

There will be no forgetting this: A federal judge on Friday declined to lift a moratorium on the importation of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
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Hurrah for Judge Amy Berman Jackson!

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Why All Hunters Should Care About Ban on Elephant Trophies

From the Dallas Safari Club:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in April that elephants hunted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe in 2014 may not be imported to the U.S....

 

Citizens who are ignorant of the differences between legal hunting and illegal poaching, “May have cheered the ban,” said Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Executive Director Ben Carter, “given all the recent headlines about elephant poaching, wildlife trafficking and the federal government destroying its confiscated stockpile of smuggled ivory.”

 

“Even most sportsmen, who usually are offended when they’re treated like poachers, didn’t pay much attention, as if the ban would affect only those few hunters interested enough, and wealthy enough, to actually hunt an elephant,” he added.

 

But Carter said the ban sets a dangerous precedent for hunting and conservation overall.

 

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http://gametrails.org/why-all-hunters-should-care-about-ban-on-elephant-trophies/ ;

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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, 2:26 PM

Good job!

Sabine Anderson's curator insight, July 2, 11:41 PM
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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Bear-human conflicts won't be solved by trophy hunting

In response to several 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 rare Florida black bear — a subspecies of the American black bear.

 

It's tempting to think that reducing our black-bear population will somehow control these incidents, but it's simply not true. These animals are naturally shy and avoid humans, but as suburban neighborhoods push into their territory, some are drawn to a smorgasbord of easy meals in unsecured garbage cans, pet food and other food that has been left outside...

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Raising Awareness About Canned Hunting

Raising Awareness About Canned Hunting | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

There is a global effort to raise awareness about a sport that is reducing the global population of many species to the brink of extinction, especially the lions and tigers. Canned hunting or trophy hunting facilities offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic and native animals trapped within enclosures. Although many hunters and hunting groups are opposed to canned hunting or trophy hunting, there are no international laws prohibiting it. Many people have no idea that these heinous acts are taking place....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

This photo... horrible!

We absolutely must stop trophy hunters from the USA and elsewhere paying to shoot these lions.

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Namibia: If We Ban All Hunting

THE poaching of rhino and elephant for horn and ivory is having horrendous impacts for both species across Africa.

 

Local and international conservation organisations and the general public are mobilising time, energy and resources to combat commercial poaching and wildlife crime - in Africa, and across the world.

 

At the same time, trophy hunting continues to be practised widely in Africa, and includes the legal hunting of rare and endangered species - even rhino and elephant. In America, the Dallas Safari Club has recently auctioned a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia - to raise funds for rhino conservation. In light of the current poaching crisis, this has led to a storm of international outcries and condemnation - including death threats against the hunter who bought the permit.

 

The outrage is centred on the questions 'how can rhino hunting be legal?' and 'should not all hunting be banned?'....

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