wildlife conservation threat

Stewart DorringtonAnimal Rights, blog, hunting

wildlife conservation threat

The large-scale ignorance about Africa and its wildlife amongst urbanites in the cities of the Western world is a real threat to conservation efforts in Africa.

This ignorance has been highlighted through the public outcry following the shooting of a collared lion in Zimbabwe.


Amongst the common beliefs is that:


  • Africa is one country where the animals can roam freely
  • regulated trophy hunting and poaching is the same thing
  • most wildlife in Africa is endangered
  • that trophy hunters are wiping out game Africas wildlife

It seems too, that the media is largely informed by the populist and dishonest animal rights groups whose agenda is not conservation (check their record in Africa), but rather a business of collecting money from the gullible for their own salaries and propaganda campaigns.

Neither the media nor the animal rights groups take any responsibility for the negative consequences their actions cause. Very often their actions are also destroying are many scientifically formulated and funded conservation projects that benefit both wildlife and the poor rural populations that live with the wildlife. Most journalists don’t care. They sell sensationalism and disregard the cost to either wildlife or people involved.

The animal rights groups are very good at playing on people’s emotions to raise funds to achieve their objectives. However, they take no responsibility for the consequences of their actions. One has to look at their “successes” to see how tragic their actions are to wildlife and communities in Africa.

Kenya is a prime example. Since being persuaded by AR groups to ban hunting, they have lost over 80% of their wildlife outside their national parks. It will never come back. It has been slaughtered and eaten as it was devalued and had no other value to the people who tolerate game on their lands. When it comes to wildlife conservation threat – the animal rights groups are to blame.
Kenya is a prime example. Since being persuaded by AR groups to ban hunting, they have lost over 80% of their wildlife outside their national parks. It will never come back. It has been slaughtered and eaten as it was devalued and had no other value to the people who tolerate game on their lands. The animal rights groups are to blame. There are only 650 000 head of game left in Kenya now. Most of the famous migrations are now in Tanzania, where hunting is still promoted. In fact 80% of Tanzania’s lion and elephant occurs in hunting areas. If hunting closes, these game rich wilderness areas will be consumed and disappear forever. That is what will happen when the global animal rights groups achieve their objectives.

If one doubts this, look what is happening in Botswana right now. Thanks to certain animal rights activists, Botswana recently closed hunting concessions down. These concessions were put out for tender to tourist companies. No tenders were taken up. The result of this is that more animals are being killed now than ever before and poaching has escalated in these areas. Thousands of buffalo and other animals have died of thirst as there was nobody to pump water. There was no action plan by the government to sustain wildlife in these areas after hunters were booted out.

It seems too, that the media is largely informed by the populist and dishonest animal rights groups whose agenda is not conservation (check their record in Africa), but rather a business of collecting money from the gullible for their own salaries and propaganda campaigns.
The resident animals were totally neglected as were the people who lived and worked in these areas. Community programs built around tourist hunting collapsed and are now being run by the government. The government now spends more on anti-poaching but this is not supported by the communities and the wildlife is suffering. Botswana’s president doesn’t want you to know this, but it is true. The hunting operators who make their voices heard run the risk of being labelled a PI (Prohibited Immigrant) and getting expelled from Botswana. That is why it is so quiet. Botswana’s wildlife outside its major tourist parks is on the way out, rapidly.

  • Do the animal rightists and anti-hunting lobby step in to fill the void? No they don’t!
  • Do the animal rightists offer any alternative to the maintenance of these areas? No they don’t!
  • Do the animal rights groups and anti hunting lobby take any responsibility for the outcomes? Of course not!

Hunting and especially controlled and regulated trophy hunting is the only hope that we have of maintaining wildlife in Africa outside a few parks. Hunters have funded anti poaching units and their presence alone is a deterrent to poachers.

The anti-hunting lobby and animal rightists are also good at quoting statistics and studies to support their arguments and to dispute the real truths. However, these statistics and studies don’t support what is actually happening on the ground.
In Zimbabwe hunting supports over 700 000 rural families and pays for the education of 2.3 million kids. If hunting is stopped, not only will wildlife disappear, so will the education of these kids stop.

The anti-hunting lobby and animal rightists are also good at quoting statistics and studies to support their arguments and to dispute the real truths. However, these statistics and studies don’t support what is actually happening on the ground. In addition, with their massive campaigns, they are branding themselves as conservation groups and setting up splinter groups to fundraise and also to claim they are conservation groups. However, they ignore the most respected global conservation scientific communities such as CITES and IUCN as well as endorsed principles of sustainable use of natural resources. They fly in the face of good conservation ethics. They are pseudo conservationists conning the urban inhabitants of the west of their funds and at the same time, they are destroying Africa’s wildlife and many rural communities. The anti-hunting lobby is the enemy of conservation and are responsible for the shocking increase in poaching and habitat destruction in Africa.

Shame on them.