Trophy Hunting Leads To Wildlife Conservation
A trophy to a hunter doesn’t just mean a head on a wall. There is a misconception that hunting is only to the benefit of the hunter. What is often ignored is the fact that for each trophy that is hunted, there is a direct influence on the community.
A trophy never gets wasted. It is usually taken to be skinned so that all parts of the animal can be put to use.
Providing meat to communities and others
According to Stats Africa, Africa comprises out of 75% of the world’s poorest countries. Many things that others take for granted, Africans see as a luxury – even basic necessities, such as clean running water, electricity, and sanitary can in some communities be seen as luxury. Providing much-needed food for those communities are an integral part of community service. Most farms make sure that their own workers and the workers family gets enough meat. The meat is not only used to feed the workers on the farm, but is very often donated to less fortunate communities. The game meat of the trophy can also be made into patties, mince, sausage, fillets and stews. South African delicacies, such as biltong (dried meat), dry sausages and chilli bites, are also made and much enjoyed.
In South Africa, we do take conservation seriously. Most people working within the hunting industry loves nature – that’s why they choose to be professional hunters. In order to be a good professional hunter you need to be able to sense what goes on around you in nature and have knowledge about animals, their habitat and behavior. They need to have knowledge about plants, bushes and trees and that you only get through appreciating nature and putting in extra time and effort into learning about nature.
Profits of hunting
Hunting is a profitable business, as money needs to be made in order to provide the necessary infrastructure, water provision and sometimes vet services in order to look after the animals. There has also been quite a few community projects, as can be seen when you look at PHASA’s “Hunters Care” Activities. Two examples of community projects that have been funded by hunting, is the Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre, as well as the Wintershoek Pre-Primary School.
Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre
The Wild Hearts Rehabilitation Centre focus on the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned animals and re-introduce them back into their native habitat. Animals that would have died if left out into the wild are given a second chance at life.
Wintershoek Pre-Primary School
This school gives the local children an opportunity to go to a school that can prepare them before entering the primary school years. It has a qualified teacher that focus on their educational, emotional and social development. The school is open to all children in the vicinity and is specifically targeted at parents who do not have the financial capability to send their children elsewhere. The school is for free and provides two nourishing meals a day for the children attending.