The Environment Secretary will issue a call for evidence to decide whether to outlaw hunters bringing the souvenirs into the UK. Pictured: Hunter Larysa Switlyk posted this after shooting an alligator.
Typical politician that latches onto the soundbites of antis, fenced areas! FFS most hunting in South Africa is in fenced areas. The fact that those areas are enormous compared to any typical landholding in the UK is never mentioned. I have hunted SA on a few occasions and without exception I have found the animals in these large areas to be as wild and difficult to stalk as anywhere else, no doubt there are some who provide what I call "canned" hunting where the hunt is a totally different scenario and that type of hunting I and most others have no time for. I wish our representative organisations would stand up and defend/ explain the reality of the situation and expose the often false and inaccurate representation of hunting. Banning the import of trophies? as usual they think that banning something is the answer but all it will do is remove income from some African communities and reduce the funds for anti poaching. I can see the same arguments being used as they did with foxhunting, elitist, cruel, rich man's sport, etc. The term Snowflake society is appropriate here and if some of those a holes went and spent some time in Africa to see how the locals live and to some extent rely on the benefits of hunting they might have a different view, although I doubt it. The people who are responsible for the management of the the wildlife in African and other countries should stand up and provide input here and explain the numbers and species that have to be culled every year to keep a balance, reveal how Elephants are culled in some areas to prevent devastation of the landscape, instead we only see "save the Elephant" on TV and not the reality of some populations. It will be a very sad day for African wildlife if hunting is ever banned as the poachers will have free reign to take what they want.The Environment Secretary will issue a call for evidence to decide whether to outlaw hunters bringing the souvenirs into the UK. Pictured: Hunter Larysa Switlyk posted this after shooting an alligator.www.google.com
How about if safari companies got together and offered to self impose a 5% tax on hunting, with the money each year going directly to conservation projects for locally endangered species?Social media - participants in shooting sports need to be aware of how they present themselves. Remember, a picture speaks a thousand words and the best efforts to present hunters as custodians of the wild are destroyed all to quickly.
Hunting industry - the contribution made to conservation especially in Africa needs more prominence. Perhaps a quality assurance scheme for providers is required. Certainly, the industry needs to address malpractice such as true canned hunting sold as sport.
Michael Gove - hopefully gone by the end of next week.
some would suggest it isn't so would like to see that banned also,Apparently he “will consult on what UK can do to end role in rearing of animals in fenced reserves”
“Trophy hunting is the shooting of animals for pleasure”
How is this different to UK pheasant shoots Mr Gove?