Kill To Save?


Image links to Treehugger Article

A new article popped up (there’s two more I know of and will post them below) about the best way to save a species is to kill them. Huh? Come again? (Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?) How does more than one person think like this? This article expounds on the idea saying that what make up the income from the hunting is the wealthy who want the rug in their living room to brag.  -_- And then the journalist continues on to say “I mean, there’s not much merit in killing a lion with what is basically a sniper rifle — try knife fighting one and then you can brag”. Love this! He also bring up other ways tourism can raise money to save the wildlife. By – gasp – regular tourism!  This article also brought up an interesting thought, though I doubt it was intended by the speaker. “In today’s New York Times, Alexander N. Songorwa, the director of wildlife for the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, makes a plea for the African lion not to be declared an endangered species (they are currently categorized as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List). His argument is very pragmatic, basically saying that rich American tourists who fly over there so they can shoot lions with high-powered rifles and then bring back a trophy spend a lot of money, and that money helps fund game reserves, wildlife management areas, and conservation efforts in Tanzania.” I can back up the idea of the endangered species list backfires. But, not for the reasoning Songorwa had. It might be that putting something on an endangered species list makes the species more appealing. Therefore, more hunting. Like when retailers put on their coupons “while supplies last”  or when a car company produces only “a few” resulting it in being a hot commodity because it’s so rare.

Image links to BBC Article from 2/20/13

How can you say the lack of hunting ducks is bad for ducks when the only thing you can say that’s bad is the money you’re losing from the lack of hunting?

Image links to BBC Article from 2/7/13

Sweden wolf cull is good for the wolves??? They were there first and the human population can’t handle it! Crying because of a loss of money and they worry about the dogs they take hunting with them instead of adjusting their business and not taking their dogs with them. The nerve.
Okay, I’m done now.


About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

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