There are in excess of 70,000 elephants in ONLY Zimbabwe today – nearly double the amount of elephants that the environment has the capacity to support, so elephant hunting is an important conservation tool.
Hunting of elephants by tourists is cost effective, profitable and easily monitored. The foreign hunter pays for all participation in the hunt, including government fees, and for taking the natural resource. A government representative is usually present. Animals are taken under a quota. The stakeholders in such an arrangement include the hunter, the professional hunter (guide), the regulatory agency (National Parks or Wildlife) and the people who live with the elephants (the community). Source: http://www.iwmc.org/elephant/981127.htm
When Elephant Hunting, NOTHING is Wasted!
- It IS legal to hunt elephants in many African countries.
- The meat is given to local people, it’s never wasted.
- The money from hunting the elephant goes towards elephant conservation.
The trophy fee on a elephant is quite expensive, more then any of the locals will make in a lifetime, so this system works out well for all involved.
Once an elephant is shot, the villagers just start to appear. Word gets out fast.
It is like a celebration when an elephant is killed, the entire village will join in.
- No protein ever goes to waste in Africa.
- Several of the ivory hunters who wrote books commented on how quickly the meat was used, and on how villagers would scavenge and boil the green meat from carrion days old if they found it.
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The natives cut all of the meat off the bone and take it to their village to eat. They don’t let anything go to waste.
The myth of the “elephant graveyard” began because nobody ever saw any dead ones lying about. Within hours, or at most a couple of days, a dead elephant will be completely gone.