The busi­ness of hunt­ing

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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.

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