The effects of trophy hunting on five of Africa’s iconic wild animal populations in six countries – Analysis – Conservation Action Trust
“The analysis will reveal that trophy hunting is an activity that fuels corruption, it encourages the unfair redistribution of the wealth generated without adequate involvement of communities, causes the loss of healthy individuals that are still key for reproduction and social cohesion and, most damagingly, contributes to the decline of all five species considered in this report.”
The elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah and lion are the five African species considered in this report, which refutes a previous report which stated that trophy hunting provided revenue for the country and its communities and aided conservation. Ten years on and this is found to be thoroughly inaccurate.
One of those persistent whines I hear from even vaguely sensible people is: “Why do you care so much about animals? Don’t you care about people?”. Where is the rule which states that if you care about wildlife, and pets and farm animals, you can’t also care about people animals? I’ve never seen it. That’s because it doesn’t exist. Compassion is generally not an either/or issue. One doesn’t exclude the other. Indeed, I regularly donate to Amnesty, and NSPCC. I care about people, generally speaking.
The thing about having this wild idea about equality for all, the right to life and certain freedoms, standing against injustice, and not believing in segregation according to race, creed or colour, is that it can and should include ALL animals. Vegans tend to be human rights campaigners, too. They should be human rights campaigners. If you are against slavery, why on earth would you buy dairy products? Slavery is slavery, regardless of species. White people once thought black people couldn’t feel pain or suffer emotionally when their children were taken from them… Yes, really.
We are all animals.