Sunday, May 19, 2024

Conservationists caution against generalising trophy hunting

There is now a great deal of discussion about trophy hunting, and there are initiatives at many levels to stop or limit it, including prohibitions on the transport or import of trophies. Recently MPs in the UK voted to support the contentious prohibition on importing hunting trophies from thousands of species into the UK, effectively prohibiting British hunters from bringing animal skins, severed heads and carcasses back into the country after shoots abroad.

Before the vote, many representatives from community-run conservation areas in the four African countries that make up the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) had warned that the bill would have a negative impact on both the preservation of wildlife and the way of life for nearby communities.

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