Trophy hunting is not a big problem but poaching is

Barely three months after the shooting of Cecil the Lion caused global outrage, a German hunter shot dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe.

The elephant was shot in a private hunting concession bordering Gonarezhou. The hunter paid 60 000 US dollars (around 784 thousand rand) for a permit to land a large bull elephant.

Conservationists and photographic safari operators in the area have expressed their outrage, saying the animal was one of a kind and should have been preserved for all to see.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to Adam Welz, South African representative for WildAid.

According Welz the killing of this elephant has shifted the focus on 30 to 40 elephants that are killed every year by poachers.

Listen to the full conversation below

He says that people are frustrated by this poaching incidents and the killing of this elephant is an easy to find someone to blame.

He says people should try to find a more constructive approach that target the problem of poaching and not just focus on the hunting and killing of one animal.

Trophy hunting is generally a controllable type of activity, if done properly it doesn’t endanger the whole species.


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