Zimbabwe implemented a ban on big game hunting after the killing of Cecil the lion came to light. This ban had recently been lifted, but do you think it should be permanent? Do you think other countries should follow suit by banning trophy hunting?
I think that it is a barbaric practice. With biodiversity decreasing around the planet, it is as Mr. Spock said in film "Star Trek, the Return Home", "It is illogical to hunt a species to extinction".
The human family continues to demonstrate that it has a long way to go before it comes out of its infancy.
Yes! It is an outdated practice that used to show a high position in society, nowadays it is also used in a similar manner but is more widely frowned down by different groups and individuals.
In many areas banning the hunting will mean a lot of land goes from supporting wildlife to rejecting wildlife and being used for developments or farming.
So that would be a rather Pyrrhic victory.
If one does a minimum investment in research one finds that hunters , sports man , and fishermen not only pay their way VERY WELL ,in fact when it comes to hunting in American states , For instance , sportsmen [women ] pay so much that even NON-game species would suffer tremendously in costs and revenues without these fee's . Look it up !
Not only that but , In Pennsylvania for instance there is between a twenty five and thirty two percent birthrate in the deer population alone PER YEAR , which if un-hunted would increase the herds so much each year alone that overpopulation would equal mass starvation in less than a couple of few years , Given that the hunting kill rate alone is about the same percentage AND That's fairly equal in number percentages all across America , that means mass re-population -per year . Just saying !
My point is , you don't simply STOP hunting anywhere without major repercussions , and as to tax revenues alone - might as well look at a tax increase as well --to make up for revenue losses !
True. We've eliminated all the natural predators almost everywhere (in the US); without man to prevent overpopulation starvation and disease is inevitable.
The simplest and most cost AND revenue effective way to control over population in American states is hunting , The billions of dollars raised by fee's licenses AND related sportsman's game and non- game spending is in a class by itself . Just saying .
No argument from me. And while I've never understood trophy hunting, I did grow up on venison and elk. Hunting provided a large majority of our meat.
I dunno if I am talking about a problem with hunting, I found it distasteful, but being a quiche eating liberal, I would.
I am talking about irresponsible hunting of endangered species and all of this trophy stuff, not for food or sustenance and beneficial population control.
Understood, just not sure how you limit trophy hunting without limiting all hunting. And of course any endangered species should absolutely be halted completely.
I even have a little trouble limiting trophy (non-endangered) hunting. I don't understand it, I don't get the thrill of killing, and never will. Which makes it very easy to tell someone else they can't do it either - much like telling gays they can't marry because I don't have the feelings they do.
As a hunter and growing up in a family based heritage of hunting and fishing , truthfully I dislike trophy hunters a lot . I even find distasteful those who , what I call , overhunt . But then truly , a deficit of ethics , morality and a conscientious in attitude in America is pretty widespread . Someone who can afford to spend $ 50,000 to go and kill a lion or exotic animal in Africa is outside of even my understanding .
How can ethics be a part of that decision ! I even write people that I believe over exploit the privileges allowed American sportsman , Razor Dobbs for one , much like the very vocal Ted Nugent , should be far more concerned with the image that they project .
Like in all outdoor endeavors , there are the true sportsmen and there are those who drift easily towards the unethical , I will support the family of ethical , honest sportsmen and women forever . Well to do trophy hunters however , make me nauseous !
"...Well to do trophy hunters however , make me nauseous ! "
What about `just-scraping-by` trophy hunters? Still nauseous?
GA Anderson , don't be one of those who cannot grasp that there is a difference , a big difference , between rich trophy hunters spending $50,000 a pop ! I buy $150.00 worth of licences a year for the chance to shoot a grouse or three or possible a whitetail deer for meat . That is the difference ! Maybe your outlook should be adjusted .
I grew up with hunting and fishing as a way of life and a big part of our small communities economy. I trust that the majority of sportsmen and women are responsible with the legal limits to protect those natural renewable resources.
Let me tell you something though, game wardens do not go to bars if they have been doing their job.
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