Trophy Hunting

Trophy hunter posing for a photo with his “trophy”, a hippopotamus.
A lion seen through a telescopic sight.
Stuffed antelopes hanging on a wall.

As explained in a previous chapter, South Africans are eager to make money from their spectacular wildlife. For this reason, they implement several methods of wildlife monetization, one of which is the controversial trophy hunting. This method, simply described, is the regulated hunting of wild animals for a fixed fee, taking place in enclosed game reserves.

Arguments for trophy hunting

Entering into the debate over trophy hunting, proponents argue that the industry’s monetary upside creates a motivation to preserve wildlife. They also contend that controlled hunting is better than uncontrolled, illegal poaching, which is a big problem for South Africa.

Arguments against trophy hunting

Opponents of trophy hunting, on the other hand, argue that hunters paying big money is not a moral justification to rear wild animals for rifle fire slaughter. They also argue that it is repugnant to take smiley photos with dead animals, which is what many trophy hunters do once they have killed the lion, the zebra or whatever other game they have paid to shoot.