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Friday, November 9, 2018
The Barbaric “Sport” of Big Game Hunting by Rohit Bhattacharya
“Trophy hunting is essentially recreational big game hunting, a competition to see who can bag the most impressive, ornamental animal head. It's different from poaching because it is government regulated. However, the ethics of the ‘sport' always loom large.
“Here are some facts that might shed more light.
"The actual number may be much higher, as there are several unregulated trophy hunts that also take place. These kills go unreported (Wikipedia).
"Other related factors include deleterious effects due to small populations and climate change, inadequate regulatory mechanisms and weak management of protected areas. As of May 2014, approximately 18 countries in Africa allowed legal hunting of lions for trophies (Africanskyhunting).
"Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000 - 39,000 lions left. Compounding the problem just for the entertainment of the rich is deplorable (Imnotatrophy).
"Basically, there's a set limit on the number of animals you are allowed to kill. However, these limits were made a while ago, and there's a desperate need for them to be updated to reflect the current scenario (Huffingtonpost).
"Proponents claim trophy hunting provides millions of dollars to conservation and research efforts. This report, however, shows that trophy hunting is far overshadowed by general African tourism (Conservationaction).
"The big five refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. It's not the size, but the danger and difficulty in tracking these animals. Out of all five, only the Cape buffalo is not endangered (Imnotatrophy).
"It's an expensive practice, and people like former US president George H.W. Bush have also been part of trophy hunting clubs. The entire thing follows a circle of elitism and is supported by heavy lobbying (Change).
"Safari Club International offers its members the opportunity to compete to win nearly 50 awards for killing elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, bears, ringed-horn antelopes, wild sheep, ibex, moose, and many other animals..." (Telegraph).
(Eight Shocking Facts about Trophy Hunting that Prove Why the Barbaric "Sport" Needs to Go by Rohit Bhattacharva)