What a month and half its been for wildlife conservation! But it seems things are now starting to calm down giving us all some time to catch our breath, brush ourselves down and reflect on recent events. Since Cecil the Lion’s death the media have had a field day and long shall it last! The more publicity this story gets the larger the audiences conservation will be attracted. It’s a welcome step away from the economy and towards subjects that really matter. However, over the past month, an uncomfortable concern has been growing on how beneficial the media really is, especially in relation to its impacts. This time of calm is a good opportunity to revisit the case of Cecil, look back over the medias role and perhaps reinvigorate the hunting argument.
Before you read on I must make it very clear that I do NOT support hunting tourism or trophy hunting. Similarly, when I ask people whether hunting tourism is acceptable the quick answer is always ‘NO’. However, I also believe there must be an important reason why countries offer their wild animals and also most valuable tourism assets to be hunted and killed.
The sad news that Namibia has recently granted permits to hunt the rare desert elephants, that are uniquely adapted to living in the dry conditions, stunned me and spurred me to write this blog. I knew that a country that has been celebrated in the past for its wildlife conservation efforts with their creation of communal conservancies to prevent poaching and has a conservation mandate written into its constitution will have a strong reason to offer these hunting permits. So, for my opening blog I thought I would investigate a little deeper. Offering a bit more than a simple ‘NO’. An argument that can be followed with ‘its not right because…’ or ‘its ok because...’ or ‘I still cant make up my mind‘ Continue reading