? That strikes me as quite frankly, misinformed. "Backwoodshunter" is right. Not to sound pompous of offensive, but anybody with the faintest idea of modern conservation and (especially African) wildlife management knows that, when it comes to the big five, commercial safaris are the conditio sine qua non for preserving healthy populations and preventing poaching/snaring- if only for economic reasons.Last week we had a discussion in my political philosophy course about hunting exotic animals. I propose The Chair for poaching and killing the already scarce elephant and other animal populations for self amusement. for every $10,000 payed for elephant heads, homes and bank accounts should be seized for animal conservation. and no I'm not a crazy tree hugger.
The elephant population in Botswana (just to quote the most prominent example) is actually everything but scarce and constitutes a major threat to indigenous agriculture-which, mind you, is still an existential mainstay in many regions and therefore almost compels the locals to take to poaching, in addition of course, to the continuing lucrativity of ivory trade. Same in Congo and Tanzania, by the way. Commercial, guided hunting is simply the most pragmatic and mutually beneficial avenue to approach this problem, both from an economic and conservational point of view.