Much controversy surrounds the lion hunting and captive breeding industries. Activists fail to understand that many hunters are adamant conservationists who actively work towards the survival of the species, as the former stare themselves blind against the price tags of trophy hunting packages, thinking that outfitters pocket significant profits. This short summary will help the reader understand that lion hunting provides a means for protecting wildlife, enhancing conservation value, and boosting the economy within communities.
The South African Predator Association launched an extensive list of reasons why lion hunting is not only beneficial, but in fact, crucial to the environment and country as a whole. Here are just some of the reasons:
The lion hunting and captive breeding industries create an opportunity for the lion species to survive, by helping to increase their numbers. Wild lion population numbers are increased as the result of lion hunting, as it releases prime animals for genetic and social behaviour enhancement purposes. By increasing the value of the species, they are protected.
Lion breeders invest in the future of the lion by creating breeding programs, implementing relocation strategies, supporting conservation projects on wild lions and lion research, providing bursaries, and proactively enhancing their conservation value.
Game ranchers spend large sums of money in securing their animals and farms against unlawful hunting and poaching, which is the real threat to the survival of the species. Trophy hunting fees are ploughed back into protecting the animals, as the money is invested in farm or game reserve security and anti-poaching activities.
Over the last number of years, hunting areas have increased in size, and more hunting areas have been generated, which means that larger areas are managed using the principles of conservation. Lion hunting ensures the conservation value of other wildlife species and other trophy animals in a bid to increase the accessibility of prey.
The lion hunting industry benefits several economies and communities and, in fact, ensures the survival of many small towns. From direct trade with local businesses to providing job opportunities on ranches, lion hunting enhances the economy within communities and generates foreign exchange for South
Africa. Many other industries are maintained through lion hunting, including taxidermists, tourism-related industries, camping and outdoor, ammunition, butchers, as well as firearms and ammunition.
As the result of lion hunting, more tourists are visiting national tourism destinations, which increases investment in South Africa, along with contributing to Government viscus by means of permitting fees, value added tax and income tax.
Many anti-lion hunting activists fail to realise that meet derived from trophy lions is given to local impoverished communities. By providing them with meat, lion hunters ensure that these communities are less likely to resort to poaching, an activity that robs endangered species of thousands upon thousands of animals every year.
Lion hunting is an industry that is well-governed by provincial, national, and international legislation. All processes are traceable by means of a DNA analysis programme and through a registration system, and captive breeding was born from the very heart of passionate hunters who wanted to replace what they took (and more!) from the land. If it were not for the lion hunting industry, the lion species may have been a vague memory in the hearts of our fathers and their fathers before them.
Invest in the King of the jungle. Invest in South Africa and its people. Invest in lion hunting.