The business of hunting
The debate of whether trophy hunting is a good or bad thing for conservation is one that could go on for ever (Wild News, September 2019). While I do understand that there is a lot of money being spent by trophy hunters in pursuit of their ‘hobby’ – money on rifles, bullets, permits and any other equipment they might need, travel expenses, accommodation and so on – this money is going into the pockets of big businesses. I don’t see it being put to use in the local communities, a claim given by the people who back or participate in trophy hunting.
While a few people may get some sort of employment as guides, the majority of local people are unaffected. Instead of accepting money for trophy hunting, why aren’t tourists being encouraged to visit these areas for holidays and safaris, with the money going to the communities?
Owen Hollifield, via email
Trophy hunting divides opinion.