The thread titaled VERGIN SAFARI HUNTER or something like that, made me laugh when I heard some of the so-called infromation offered as FACT, that was given you, were right out of the PETA play book of lies!!
csumerall,Most of the responses you have received here are a real indictment of the ignorance that has been thought by the mainstream media! The problem is, these misconceptions are repeated by those who do not know better, and are simply exacerbating those misconceptions. The absolute worse place you can look for information on hunting in Africa, is on a basic deer hunter's web-site. That doesn't mean deer hunter web-sites are somehow inferior, just that is isn't the best place to get good information on African hunting.
You can go to any deer camp with hunters who have hunted all their lives, and ask the question "WHERE ARE THE PLACES WHERE YOU CAN HUNT ELEPHANT?" and if there are ten people around the camp fire, you will get at least eight who will tell you that it is illegal to hunt elephant. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, elephant are to the point that they are destroying their own habitat, and costing the livelihood of lesser animals by that destruction, and must be culled.
The person, who will not hunt Africa, because he can't bring the meat back, is hurting the wildlife in Africa, for no reason. Nothing of legally taken animals is wasted in Africa. If you think a vulture can clean bones, you simply have not witnessed a protein starved African clean the meat from the bones of an elephant. A 16,000 lb elephant is reduced to bare bones, and a wet spot on the ground in 5, or 6 hours, and there will be a dozen, cooking fires going around the ele, as people gorge themselves. What on Earth would a person do with 10,000 lbs of meat if you could bring it home, anyway? Not to mention about $30,000 USD for shipping of frozen meat by air! Besides
Safari hunting is the only thing that will guarantee the wild life, there, a continued existence. Safari hunting places a value on the animals that encourages the locals to protect them. The safari companies give employment to the locals, and the excess meat, that is not used in the safari camps, is either given to them, or sold to them very cheaply. The alternative to that is, they use snares in a poaching, and the snares are very indiscriminant in what they take. The snare cares not if an animal is the last of it's kind, or if it is an elephant's trunk, severing it. An African doesn’t hunt for pleasure, he only hunts for profit, or to feed his family, and neither pursuit is legal to the local, as a rule. If the wild life has no monetary value to the local, it become bush meat, and will be killed out, and a plow taken to the land, to grow sadza!
The news media in this country has everyone brain washed, and to hear them tell it, everything in Africa, is either endangered, or extinct! The salvation of wildlife everywhere is in it's value as a sustainable resource. The tree, and bunny huggers do absolutely nothing to safe guard the continued existence of any animal. All they do is hinder the efforts of those of us who pay the bills to keep wildlife wild, and valuable, so the locals who compete directly with the wildlife for space, and crops, will protect them because of that value placed on them by hunters.
IMO,People need to be sure of the things they write are true before placeing them on aninternational forum, for the world to absorb! ,)
SORRY COULDN'T RESIST!