Supremacism and Trophy Hunting

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Supremacism and Trophy Hunting

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“It doesn’t matter to elephants if they are killed by poachers or trophy hunters … either way, you’re a killer.” Joyce Poole

Trophy hunting is a sport which dates back to the pre-colonial period. During this time, big game populations were stable. Hunting would not have done any harm to wild animal populations. The notion of hunting itself can is as far back as in the pre-historic periods. Homo sapien hunted animals to feed and clothe themselves from the fur. Today, the human population is 7.6 Billion [expected to reach 10 Billion in 2050]. Wild habitat populations and spaces are reducing every day. Hunting wild animals for the sport. will not sustaining these populations and habitats.

Scientists have stated trophy hunting leads to the protection of a species, more so, for threatened and endangered species. Bodies charged with the protection of wild animals support trophy hunting.
Passionate trophy hunters always have reasons and excuses to support this crude sport. Most of them claim their families have been hunting for years and is thus a family tradition. Hunters like Melissa Bachman started hunting from an early age as she comes from a family of prolific hunters. Remember Walter Palmer, the hunter who killed Cecil the Lion, (a 13-year-old lion known for its dark shade mane, a last pure breed). His daughter Natalie Palmer is now a prolific hunter. Kristen Lindsey, a veterinarian who has sworn an oath for the protection and humane killing of animals, seems to not mind killing wild animals in ruthless and unethical ways. Other hunters say they control animal population or pest control as Kendall Jones, a model and notorious hunter, always justifies.

Hunting tour companies have been running for years. This is as far back as the days of Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit who came to Africa for a hunting safari. This hunting escapade is always accompanied with prominence. These are individuals who can part away with up to $350000 to kill a rhino or $100000 for a lion. The Big Five [elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino], the most challenging group of species to hunt, are always on top of the list for tour hunting operators.

The trophy hunting industry says an incentive of $200 is raised every year as result of this sport. Government agencies and conservation groups in African countries run this programs. They state communities benefit from this method of consumptive tourism. There is no transparency to how the ‘conservation money’ gets in the hands of the community through tangible resource provision.
In most cases, the money received through trophy hunting ends up in the hands of government officials or businessmen. This industry also claims to put food on the table of the communities where they take part since their interest is only the skin and head of the animal. Contrary to this, in most indigenous communities, they are not allowed to hunt wild animals, big or small, that they co-exist with, by the government. This is an absurd control measure as communities should be allowed to hunt since it is also a traditional way of getting protein in their diet. Trophy hunters, in most circumstances, use a gun to hunt, while communities rely on a bow and arrow.
Supremacists want to declare their prowess in the art of trophy hunting. Trophy hunting like poaching, leads to the decline of wildlife species ranging from bears, wolves to birds. Most hunters would not dare to kill their own pets. Why then do they choose to kill big game and birds only to come up with excuses that are not tangible?
Hunting wolves in the US led to a drastic decline in the 90s. It will be a sad ‘state of affairs’ for the species as the current the US Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on ‘predator control’ in Alaska. Bears will be shot when they are hibernating which is at their weakest moments and the species is defenceless. For a father whose sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr, who already own one of the largest Hunting tour companies, this is no surprise.
 
Earlier in November 2017, USFWS thought of lifting the ban on import of hunting trophies  in Zimbabwe. In a Tweet, the President’s preferred mode of communication, Donald Trump said he will hold. Trophy hunting is popular in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. Kenya’s conservation policy is against it although there have been efforts by supremacists to bring it back since its ban in 1977 based on barbaric reasons. We hope it remains as it is. Big game hunting is dishonest and does not save lives.

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant

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Vicki Wangui

A Kenyan Conservationist who believes everyone should be well informed about our environment. Do you have a story, photography, experience, message to share? You can contact her on vicki@nyikasilika.org.
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Vicki Wangui
Vicki Wangui
A Kenyan Conservationist who believes everyone should be well informed about our environment. Do you have a story, photography, experience, message to share? You can contact her on vicki@nyikasilika.org.

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