Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trophy hunting effects on animal conservation *

Trophy hunting impacts animal conservation but does impact it in a positive or negative way. According to the document “Can Trophy Hunting Actually Help Conservation?” it depicts the positive and negative impacts trophy hunting has on conservation. The answer is not black and white it's in the grey area, on the surface it would appear hunting would hurt animal conservation but considering all of the aspects to  hunting it could be good. Illegal hunting in Africa has killed 745 rhinos in 2012, an endangered species, and one year later that number was cut nearly in half through conservation tactics to have 461 rhinos illegally killed. This news is very good that illegal rhino hunting has decreasing but 461 illegally killed rhinos is huge still and conservation takes money to run. Trophy hunters pay top dollar for permits and tags to legally harvest a trophy animal, all of this money goes directly to conservation organizations, some fees go for more than 350,000 dollars. Trophy hunting though does take vital animals away from the ecosystem, in Namibia alone they auctioned off 16,000 trophy hunts ranging from endangered and non endangered species, this is a lot of revenue for the country but animals should be more than money although this is a steady source of good income for a country that doesn't have a lot of other revenue.

Conservation is very important to the lives of many species and protects many animals away from illegal hunters that kill just for money. Trophy hunters want to harvest the animal of a lifetime ethically and legally and are willing to pay high dollar for the experience. Trophy hunters were interviewed and over 80 percent of them they chose hunting in an area where the proceeds went back to the community and they also said they would have been just fine with killing an animal that causes problems and would be killed anyway. Trophy hunting is very different than illegal hunting, trophy hunters pay most of their money looking for a experience and the animals often come second to the list of their priorities. Trophy hunters were not buying hunts to kill they just wanted a unique experience and help out communities by providing them with revenue for a good cause. In zimbabwe where there are many trophy hunts rhinos and elephants are surviving very well because of the protection they receive from conservation organizations which are funded by trophy hunters.  According to this article trophy hunting helps out animal conservation and animals in area where trophy hunting is popular have healthy populations of animals and is a safe zone for animals because the conservation techniques are effective.

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