South Africa is facilitating illegal trade in lion bones, enabling the activities of notorious international crime syndicates, and threatening the survival of tigers and lions in the wild.
Author Conservation Action Trust
For a Western hunter to pay to kill an African animal and expatriate their parts is a form of objectification, dehumanizing and therefore morally reprehensible. It may entrench a Western narrative of supremacy underpinned by chauvinistic, colonialist and crudely utilitarian anthropocentric attitudes.
Interactions with all infant wildlife, walking with predators or elephants, interacting with predators and the riding of wild animals are no longer acceptable practices, according to the South African Tourism Services Association.
By the stroke of a legislative pen, a list of iconic and in some cases endangered wild animals can now be manipulated as farming stock. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
A letter claiming that trophy hunting is necessary for African conservation was recently published in a prestigious scientific journal, but upon closer inspection, the piece is little more than a marketing effort disguised as a serious scientific contribution.
A recent letter published in the journal Science argues that banning trophy hunting imperils biodiversity, which simply doesn’t stack up.
The overwhelming conclusion of a captive elephant conference held recently in South Africa was that no new elephants should be placed in captivity and elephants currently in captivity should be rewilded.
South Africa, DRC, Namibia and Zimbabwe believe they should be able to sell threatened wildlife species on global markets.
United States zoos now plan to import baby elephants from Zimbabwe, undeterred by the international uproar over their 2016 import of 18 wild elephants from Swaziland.
In the video, the elephants are forced to perform tricks and show signs of immense stress. Once again, this shows that entertainment trumps while the elephants’ welfare is pushed aside.
Botswana has a growing population of humans and cattle, not elephants. Outside protected areas, desertification caused by cattle over-grazing too often gets ignored. Hunting will not solve this problem; appropriate land use planning will.
A pro-hunting stance is frequently composed both of colonial attitudes and misunderstandings about the ecological impact of hunting.