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March 16, 2007

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Study Says African Trophy Hunting Promotes Conservation

We don’t need a study in this country to know that hunting is vital to conservation. But new research by University of Zimbabwe professor Peter Lindsey may lead to increased cooperation between conservationists and trophy hunters on the dark continent.

From NationalGeographic.com:

"Trophy hunting is of key importance to conservation in Africa by creating [financial] incentives to promote and retain wildlife as a land use over vast areas," [Lindsey] said.

In an upcoming edition of the journal Conservation Biology Lindsey and an international team of colleagues call for a plan to increase the conservation benefits of sport hunting, including a certification program to more tightly regulate the industry.

"To justify the continued existence of [protected] areas in the context of increasing demand for land, wildlife has to pay for itself and contribute to the economy, and hunting provides an important means of achieving this," Lindsey said.



Wild life never has to pay for itself contrary to what Lindsey was quoted as saying. We should have to pay it through the respect of maintaing protected areas. I probably am on the same page with Lindsey but he sure has a way of putting his foot in his mouth.

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