Life after Cecil : channelling global outrage into funding for conservation in Africa

Show simple item record Lindsey, Peter Andrew Balme, Guy A. Funston, Paul J. Henschel, Philipp H. Hunter, Luke T.B. 2017-05-30T06:12:21Z 2017-05-30T06:12:21Z 2016-07
dc.description.abstract Trophy hunting is widely used in Africa to generate funding for wildlife areas. In 2015, a global media frenzy resulted from the illegal killing of a radiocollared lion, “Cecil,” by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe. Trophy hunting is contentious and much of the media discourse is emotional and polarized, focusing on animal welfare and debating the value of hunting as a conservation tool. We use the Cecil incident to urge a change in the focus of discussion and make a call for global action.We highlight the dual challenge to African governments posed by the need to fund vast wildlife estates and provide incentives for conservation by communities in the context of growing human populations and competing priorities. With or without trophy hunting, Africa’s wildlife areas require much more funding to prevent serious biodiversity loss. In light of this, we urge a shift away from perpetual debates over trophy hunting to the more pressing question of “How do we fund Africa’s wildlife areas adequately?” We urge the international community to greatly increase funding and technical support for Africa’s wildlife estate. Concurrently, we encourage African governments and hunters to take decisive steps to reform hunting industries and address challenges associated with that revenue generating option. en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lindsey, PA, Balme, GA, Funston, PJ, Henschel, PH & Hunter, LTB 2016, 'Life after Cecil : channelling global outrage into funding for conservation in Africa', Conservation Letters, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 296-301. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1755-263X
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/conl.12224
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Animal welfare en_ZA
dc.subject Bushmeat en_ZA
dc.subject Poaching en_ZA
dc.subject Trophy hunting en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainable use en_ZA
dc.title Life after Cecil : channelling global outrage into funding for conservation in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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