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Trophy hunting almost worthless according to a new report

19/06/2013 13:07:59

Trophy hunting, as practised by the good ol' Trump boys, provides minimal benefit to communities.

New Report: Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

June 2013. A new report that analyses literature on the economics of trophy hunting reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large-commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation-comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

"The suggestion that trophy hunting plays a significant role in African economic development is misguided," said economist Rod Campbell, lead author of the study. "Revenues constitute only a fraction of a percent of GDP and almost none of that ever reaches rural communities."

Only 3 percent of revenue actually reaches the rural communities where hunting occurs
As a portion of any national economy, trophy hunting revenue never accounts for more than 0.27 percent of the GDP. Additionally, trophy hunting revenues account for only 1.8 percent of overall tourism in nine investigated countries that allow trophy hunting, and even pro-hunting sources find that only 3 percent of the money actually reaches the rural communities where hunting occurs. While trophy hunting supporters routinely claim that hunting generates $200 million annually in remote areas of Africa, the industry is actually economically insignificant and makes a minimal contribution to national income. Click here to read the report.

Non-consumptive nature tourism
"Local African communities are key stakeholders for conservation, and they need real incentives for conservation," said Jeff Flocken, North American regional director, International Fund for Animal Welfare. "Non-consumptive nature tourism-like wildlife viewing and photo safaris-is a much greater contributor than trophy hunting to both conservation and the economy in Africa. If trophy hunting and other threats continue depleting Africa's wildlife, then Africa's wildlife tourism will disappear. That is the real economic threat to the countries of Africa."

Lions suffering from trophy hunting
Many species suffer at the hands of trophy hunters including the African lion. The number of African lions has declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades, with just 32,000 believed remaining today. The steepest declines in lion population numbers occur in African countries with the highest hunting intensity, illustrating the unsustainability of the practice.

"Trophy hunting is driving the African lion closer to extinction," said Teresa Telecky, director, wildlife department, Humane Society International. "More than 560 wild lions are killed every year in Africa by international trophy hunters. An overwhelming 62 percent of trophies from these kills are imported into the United States. We must do all we can to put an end to this threat to the king of beasts."

Listing the African lion as endangered under the ESA would generally prohibit the import of and commercial trade in lion parts, and thus would likely considerably reduce the number of lions taken by Americans each year.

"The U.S. government has a serious responsibility to act promptly and try to prevent American hunters from killing wild lions, especially when the latest evidence shows that hunting is not economically beneficial. Listing the African lion under the Endangered Species Act will help lions at almost no cost to African communities. Government inaction could doom an already imperilled species to extinction through much of its range," said Adam Roberts, executive vice president, Born Free USA.

A copy of the economic study is available for download. For more information about African lions, please visit

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Posted by: kdrcyber | 14 Nov 2015 02:22:19


I will never get my head round the fact that they are not thinking of the future planet and why it is important to keep the balance of nature the nature intended, not the way intended it to be. Money is there only aim and will do anything to achieve it and at any cost! These people do not value life of any nature and are not thinking for the future of Africa - no lion/Tigers - NO AFRICA :(

Posted by: Roberta Bown | 22 Jun 2013 09:57:24

I would like to wipe those smiles off the rich bastards who think killing is a game for fun. Dead is dead and there should be no throphy hunting anywhere. Here in BC throphy hunting for grizzly is still accepted. Throphy hunting only removes the best of a possible gene pool and weakens populations of wildlife. Anyone who thinks extinction is fun is very sick.

Posted by: Bruce Van Tassell | 22 Jun 2013 02:33:16

one more thing...

Which extirpate the lions thats not hunting, but all those aid companies and kind of hypocrates like Bill Gates with his malaria program and HIV programs. Fix a problem to create 10 another immediatelly with their population boom. 1billion new people in every 15 years... thats a problem! The rest is a joke.

Posted by: Lajos Nemeth | 21 Jun 2013 13:45:46


Which sickens me: people who talk about the impact of hunting management without knowing anything about it. Totally agree with "Westlöve", its better a lion on a hunting reserve than convert it to a arable land. Same here in Hungary, the ONLY and and only single reason we are full with game is that we have a wonderful game management. As soon as you cross the border, towards any other countries around, there is none or close to zero. None of this money comes here to "local communities" as well, its part of our agriculture ministry and the hunting organizations, they are the one who collect the profit. What local community, give me a break??? Its about money and profit! When you can put a price tag on a animal, than its having a value, thats the fact which protect them, not the Greenpeace and especially not city people 4000 miles away. Also why hunting is worse than fishing, when you pull out the fish on a hook alive after an hour deadly battle??? Eating it??? Catch and release. Sport?

Posted by: Lajos Nemeth | 21 Jun 2013 13:42:38


I don't and will never understand how people can take pleasure from taking the life of a beautiful animal like this. Clearly the money will only go to the people who organised this barbaric activity. I know that we all have different views about hunting, but when I used to go shooting or fishing at least I ate what we took. There's no sense at all in taking a wild animals like this.

Posted by: j.blake | 21 Jun 2013 12:52:54

If hunting protects or destroys wildlife depends on regulations and control

Every wild lion, which lives in a hunting reserve is better than a cow on a cattle farm. An argali sheep in a hunting reserve is also better than no argali. Some hunting reserves in Central Asia have more wildlife than the actual wildlife reserves. The issue is about regulation and control.

Posted by: Westlöwe | 20 Jun 2013 08:04:14

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