If you care about the future of hunting, you'll fight the lies spread by anti-hunters by helping spread this video on the benefits of trophy hunting in Africa.
Produced by the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa, this video describing the benefits of trophy hunting in Africa is the latest example of some aggressive efforts by the hunting community to fight the misinformation spread by anti-hunting groups. Yes, it is counterintuitive, but trophy hunting really does promote wildlife conservation and they go into great detail in this video explaining just exactly why this is true.
The video is a little long, but it is well worth your time to watch it and I virtually guarantee that you'll learn a thing or two.
As you can see with what happened in Kenya and what is currently happening in Botswana, the local population will not live side by side with wildlife if it does not have value to them. These are the people that have to deal with lions killing their livestock and elephants eating their crops on a regular basis.
It's very easy for people living in cities far removed from the reality on the ground to cast judgement, but the simple fact of the matter is that "if it pays, it stays." When money from hunting safaris is invested in the community in the form of schools and clinics, and when the local population gets both jobs and meat from those same hunts, they understandably become much more tolerant of wildlife.
Hunting safaris also help pay for anti-poaching patrols, especially in places like the Zambeze Delta in Mozambique.
However, perhaps the least understood benefit of trophy hunting in Africa is the fact that income generated from hunting safaris provides a tangible benefit for landowners to "rewild" their land. Habitat loss is by far the most serious threat to wildlife in Africa. Fortunately, we are starting to see a trend of landowners converting farmland or cattle pastures into wildlife conservancies.
For example, this is exactly what happened with the 2,200 square mile Bubye Valley Conservancy, which was started on former cattle farms containing exactly zero wildlife in 1994. Now it is home to Zimbabwe's largest lion population and the world's third largest Black Rhino Population, all thanks to hunting.
You don't need to become a hunter yourself, or even like hunting. However, the benefits of trophy hunting in Africa and in the rest of the world are undeniable. If the anti-hunting groups achieve their ultimate goal to end hunting in Africa, the entire continent would suffer the same unfortunate consequences of the village of Sankuyo in Botswana, which would be terrible for both the local population and the wildlife.
Anti-hunting groups appeal to emotion to get well intentioned people to support their misguided attacks on hunting because the facts are not on their side. Keep this in mind and fight their misinformation by helping spread this video about the benefits of trophy hunting in Africa to the general population, especially to non-hunters who don't know much about the subject.
Remember: #ItsWorthSaving, but we need your help. As they said in the video, the greatest threat to our wildlife is the thought that someone else will save it. So, please share this video and help spread the true facts about trophy hunting in Africa.
For more information on how hunting benefits conservation that you use to help educate non-hunters, you can also check out this article discussing the positive impacts of hunting on animal populations in Africa.
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