A Trophy-Hunting Ban Could Hurt Animals More Than It Helps

Parliament is again considering a ban on the import of booty from Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Republicans and Democrats have also supported such import bans in the past. Supporters claim the ban will conserve wildlife by discouraging Americans from traveling to Africa and killing wildebeest, zebras, elephants and other charismatic megafauna. But banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good to these species and their habitats.

When managed appropriately, trophy hunting – especially by Americans – is a significant source of conservation funding in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While trophy hunting management could be improved in some cases, an outright ban on trophy imports could have the opposite effect of its intended use, potentially exposing wildlife to African wilds are at increased risk of extinction due to the main threats of habitat loss and poaching. Until viable alternatives to trophy hunting are developed, Congress should abandon plans to restrict the import of trophy hunting.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-trophy-hunting-ban-could-hurt-animals-more-than-it-helps-congress-antipoaching-conservation-revenue-funding-11665342794 A Trophy-Hunting Ban Could Hurt Animals More Than It Helps

Edmund DeMarche

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