Kendall Jones, Bob Parsons, Corey Knowlton and Melissa Bachman are just a few of the people that have been thrusted and attacked in the media due to their hunting hobbies. Trophy and big game hunting are in the spotlight and the debate is raging.
Zambia has lifted their ban on trophy hunting and there is a question as to whether the country will become a new hunting highlight where more people will come to end the lives of endangered animals. Zambia banned trophy hunting 20 months ago but the new Tourism and Art’s Minister, Jean Kapata, has stated that the ban resulted in the country losing revenue. Sylvia Masebo, the tourism minister at the time of the ban said there was corruption involved in awarding hunting concessions. There is still a ban on hunting big cats in Zambia until the population has been surveyed.
‘Permits are handed out willy-nilly to whichever ethically derelict hunter can afford the fat fee, so desperate they are to put the trophy on their wall. Someone in government gets a fat pay off from these canned hunts and the rest turn a blind eye.” – Paul Goldstein, a photographer and travel guide with Exodus, who specialises in tours to the area.
Hunters often argue that the huge concessions that they pay will go towards saving the very species that they will go out and shoot down. However, Economists at Large provided a report that refuted any claim that trophy hunting is a large industry that helps local communities, the animals in the area and the countries as a whole. Hunting revenue in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, (the top two countries that benefit from non-consumptive tourism) as a percentage of tourism revenue, scraped 3.2%, with non-consumptive tourism making up the rest of the percentage. Botswana gains the most from hunting as its percentage of tourism revenue from the sport stood at 11.7% but the country banned trophy hunting last year as “the shooting of wild game for sport and trophies is no longer compatible with our commitment to preserve local fauna.”
‘A 2011 study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that big-game hunting in sub-Saharan Africa brings little economic benefit to the respective countries. For instance, 31.5 percent of the territory that comprises the Central Africa Republic (CAR) is designated hunting area. But big game hunting contributes only 10 percent to the country’s total gross domestic product. South Africa’s hunting areas comprise 13.1 percent of the country’s total territory but account for only 4 percent of GDP.’ – First To Know
The hypocrisy of trophy hunting.
Is killing for sport deforming our ethics? Is hunting for conservation twisting our perceptions of how we will save the animals that we have put into crisis? When there are armed poachers stalking animals every night and taking them down, do we need others to also hunt in the name of conservation?
“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
― P.G. Wodehouse