Hunting Wild Animals – Where Do You Stand?

Recently, CNN.com posted a series of photos under the tag line of “Tourist trophy hunters chase African wildlife.”

The photos belong to David Chancellor, a photographer who has been closely following the stories of legal and illegal hunting within the African safari landscapes.

One of the people on the Rwanda and Tanzania trip back in March is an avid hunter. He was slightly upset over the fact that he couldn’t hunt while we were there – and had to settle for “shooting” an animal with his camera. I poked around some websites and discovered that he could have legally gone hunting when in Africa – it would have cost him close to $100,000 though.

To someone who has a lot of money, price might not be a determining factor in not hunting. However, when you consider how few elephants, rhinos, and lions remain within certain regions – you wonder how the ecosystems will survive. Each animal belongs to – yes, I am quoting Lion King here – “the circle of life.”

Without the lions and cheetahs to kill off the wildebeest and antelope, there will be too many of the latter animals around. This would mean less food per animal, which would mean these animals would have to face either death by starvation or attempt to leave their homelands in search of food.

Maybe that was a bit extreme of an example. Unfortunately, I could not get a photo from this series to be included in this post. However, I would strongly urge you – no matter what side of the fence you stand on this issue – to look at the photos, particularly the final one of a man in his house with remains of animals located all over the walls, floors, tables, etc. You might change your mind in regards to thinking of killing wildlife – or at least, knowing when is enough.

http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/30/tourist-trophy-hunters-chase-african-wildlife/?hpt=hp_c2

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