Should We Kill Animals Analysis

1548 Words 7 Pages
Article Analysis - “Should We Kill Animals to Save Them?” by Satvik Gurram

Though the fees for hunting animals may presumably go to conservation and help maintain conservancies and wildlife reserves, many critics believe that endangered and big game animals shouldn’t be killed and the benefits of hunting fees are not significant at all. Nyae Nyae, a wildlife reserve in Namibia’s Kalahari Desert, protects one of the last large elephants in the world. In addition to these elephants, around 3,000 of the San people live there in the harsh conditions. During one of the sweltering, scorching days of September, elephants could be seen roaming around the park, leaving behind flat grass, broken twigs, and large feces in their midst. However, they
…show more content…
On the other side, the Humane Society International states that trophy hunting provides only .03% of the GDP in the area at $132 million dollars. In 2013, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Alexander Songorwa, a Tanzanian wildlife director, states that lion hunts and safaris that cost $10,000 dollars provided 75 million dollars from in the 3-year period between 2008 and 2011. Craig Packer, however, argues that the wildlife parks and hunting areas of Tanzania need more than 600 million dollars to keep running and hunting expeditions of only $10,000 dollars would only make a small nick. Some Africans and even hunters like Marnewecke feel that environmentalists from the west trying to demand African officials to change their conservation laws and policies is an embodiment of neocolonialism. Hunters also state that by paying to hunt in wildlife reserves and hunting areas, they are contributing to conservation more than the environmentalists, who are just all talk and no action. However, where the money from the hunters actually goes is extremely hard to figure out, …show more content…
Even then, hunters claim that they’ve supported the construction of hospitals, schools, wells, etc… and that they’ve assisted in fighting against poachers. In comparison to tourists, however, they have much less of an effect on conservation, as the 35.4 million tourists visiting sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 had generated over $24.5 billion dollars, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Hunters such as Natasha Illum-Berg argue that though that though tourism may be effective, they do have a large impact on the environment, especially with vehicle after vehicle trailing through wildlife parks. She also makes the point that in small hunting areas or other small conservancies, there may be only 10 to 20 people tourists each year, and without hunters, these areas wouldn’t receive the funds to keep running and would eventually fall to lack of management and poaching. A wooly mammoth spine appearing to have been damaged by a man-made weapon, as there were some small stones lodged into the vertebrae, was the first known evidence of an elephant’s death by the hands of a human. It was discovered at the confluence of two

Related Documents