hialtus asked: There's this thing about Lion Hunting(thanks to that michelle bachman picture) with the lions more or less just lying around and how lion hunting is the most cowardly thing you can do, that has been going around, and although obviously you are cool with hunting in general, as am I, I was wondering as to your opinion on this phenomenon. Obviously traditional lion hunting(i.e. with spears) isn't cowardly, but... Thoughts?
Regardless of how people are going about these lion hunts in Africa (be it with a high-powered rifle, or with an atlatl), the fact of the matter is that it’s still perfectly legal, and that it still does more good than harm, regardless of how “cowardly” it may seem to animal rights activists. Being “brave” or “cowardly” is not the point of these hunts: The point of these hunts is that they keep wildlife reserves operational so that all animals within the park are safe from poachers.
Ms. Bachman likely paid more money to kill that lion than I did to buy my own house. All that money goes to help conservation efforts in the reserve where the lion was killed. In many cases, parks like that are privately run and cannot be sustained on eco-tourism alone. They would go out of business, thus leaving the park unprotected and the animals at the mercy of poachers, if not for carefully-regulated legal hunts like the one Ms. Bachman paid for.
In most cases, the target animals of these hunts are pre-picked by park guides before the hunt even begins because they are sick, old, or beyond breeding age, and are going to die anyway without further contributing to the survival of the species. The option is to either let said animal wither away on its own, allow it to fall prey to poachers, or to charge a hunter hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill it so that the money can go back to conservation.
Even the World Wildlife Funds recognizes the benefits of regulated hunting in Africa. It keeps poachers out of parks, brings in huge sums of profit to keep the establishments running, and the meat from the animals killed is donated to the indigenous people.
But so long as there’s a picture of a pretty woman posing next to a dead animal, everyone is going to ignore the facts and focus on how “horrible” and “cruel” the death of that one single animal was because logic < emotional bias.