Trophy hunting is good what are you talking about. Trophy hunting is barbaric I’m against it you can tell by my bag. Look I don’t like it any more than you do. I’m an animal lover to see this argument is really counter-intuitive and frankly kind of difficult to accept but I ask that you keep an open mind and hear me out because the evidence suggests that in specific situations trophy hunting can really help endangered animals but how how can killing animals help animals. Here I’ll show a counter intuitive argument about trophy hunting as read by Adam Conover. In Africa animals like these are in desperate straits and the real threat to these animals isn’t trophy hunters. Judge this we’ve all you want but he’s not why these animals are at risk of dying out the real threats are lost in habitat and poachers.
Poachers are organized their ruthless and they are decimating animal populations. In some countries rhino horn is believed to cure cancer and even the hangovers and sales for twenty-eight thousand dollars a pound that’s more than gold or cocaine. Why don’t the local stop them and just as harmful to animal populations is the habitat loss caused by farming. These animals are literally running out of places to live. So some African nations came up with a plan they took advantage of the existing demand for trophy hunting and used it to fund animal conservation. In Namibia revenue from trophy hunting is the main way they fund new wildlife Conservancy’s and in South Africa a portion of the proceeds from trophy hunting is given directly to local landowners and that incentivizes them to give the Rhinos land to live on and to protect them from poachers.
But keeping them alive so they can be hunted absolutely true but still this system works one-third of all white rhinos in South Africa now live on private land and the population has gone from just a hundred two more than 18,000. I’m so confused but then I talk to Rosie Kooni the chair of the sustainable use and livelihood specialist group of the international union for the conservation of nature glad I got through that whole title. It’s true trophy hunting can be a valuable part of conservation efforts even if you find hunting distasteful. It’s not the hunters running these programs it’s the government agencies or sometimes even conservation groups themselves. The hunters motives don’t really matter the money they generate can really help the animals who need it. But how do I know the money is going to the right place? Well that’s a good question like any program where there’s a lot of corruption or where things are badly managed these programs don’t work well at all but that doesn’t change the fact that when they are well-managed these programs can be a huge help for wildlife conservation. In Namibia for example a hundred percent of the hunting concision fees go straight to the local communities being a huge success. I don’t know something that we should be on trophy hunting and find another way to help these animals sorry but that’s not a great idea.
Many countries are depending on this revenue to protect animals to pay the game guards to buy the vehicles what happens if that money dries up it’s very easy for us in the developed world to judge how other countries should manage their animalrules but shouldn’t be our decision or should it be up to the communities who live with these animals every day. Hunting is a really important source of conservation revenue even where you are in the U.S. Hunting fees generate around 200 million dollars a year which for many states is their primary source of conservation funding if we band old trophy hunting everywhere right now it would do way more harm than good. I know it’s hard we love these animals so much we can’t imagine any benefit coming from their deaths it just seems wrong but you know what’s worse than one animal getting killed by a hunter hundreds of thousands being wiped out by poaching and loss of habitat. The truth is in some nations the regulated hunting of a few individuals is helping to save entire species. So cute animals have to die to live because that’s one way of putting it. I’m doing this for your own good.