As we all know, a lot of organizations and individuals used to be against trophy hunting, and up to now we – hunters and companies related to ethical hunting, such as BookYourHunt – have tried, to certain degree, to avoid discussions because of lack of evidence that trophy hunting is the most effective tool to maintain wildlife and natural habitat conservation.
And IUCN is not somebody the anti-hunters can disapprove and claim to be “bought” by hunting organizations: IUCN is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
IUCN where founded in 1948. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”
IUCN has a membership of over 1200 governmental and non-governmental organizations. Some 11,000 scientists and experts participate in the work of IUCN commissions on a voluntary basis. It employs approximately 1000 full-time staff in more than 60 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.
Here is IUCN official proclamation regarding trophy hunting:
“Well managed trophy hunting, which takes place in many parts of the world, can and does generate critically needed incentives and revenue for government, private and community landowners to maintain and restore wildlife as a land use and to carry out conservation actions (including anti-poaching interventions). It can return much needed income, jobs, and other important economic and social benefits to indigenous and local communities in places where these benefits are often scarce. In many parts of the world indigenous and local communities have chosen to use trophy hunting as a strategy for conservation of their wildlife and to improve sustainable livelihoods”.
Also WWF are recognizing the value of sustainable use of wildlife and highlight Namibia where several species populations, including elephants, black rhinos, and lions have rebounded remarkably.
Read more here in the document “IUCN Study – Trophy Hunting“.
We are on the right track, fellow hunters. So let’s go on supporting ethical hunting and enjoying the beauty of wildlife!
Your BookYourHunt Team