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Trophy Hunter Criticised

July 6, 2018
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Here’s what CRPA’s Executive Director has to say in reply to the criticism:

This story is why people need to be educated. That giraffe was going to die one way or another. His very existence flies in the face of our model of conservation as the animal in question was hurting the future viability of the herd.

Conservation utilizes hunting to cull the rejects such as darker giraffes (which is not special it happens to most giraffes as age a fact that can be verified  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giraffe). These giraffes are also hunted for food for local tribal populations to survive.

To allow some in the media to portray this as a negative optic is unacceptable. This lady did a threefold service to the world.

  1. She helped out the local giraffe population survive and thrive which is good for the environment.
  2. She helped feed the local community that would suffer from the loss of food had she not done so. I will also remind you that malnutrition is rampant in Africa. She provided them with their culturally accepted, hormone free, non-GMO meat. How is that wrong by any standard?
  3. She did 1 &2 while also boosting the local economy. Her $3,000 fee for the hunt boosted the local economy by13 ½ times. This also provides money to protect the other giraffes from poaching. Without her money, there is less protection for these animals.

I think these are the points we need to be making and not running from the made-up optics. Not to mention the giraffe had no human given name.

-Rick Travis
CRPA Executive Director

Here’s what CRPA’s Executive Director has to say in reply to the criticism:

This story is why people need to be educated. That giraffe was going to die one way or another. His very existence flies in the face of our model of conservation as the animal in question was hurting the future viability of the herd.

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