Caring for the environment, the poor, little old ladies, children in wheel chairs, not being a racist….., these are the "holier than thou" issues empowering those who make these noises of the "moral high ground". So, it has become indisputably "socially correct" to express one's support for conservation, whether you mean it or not. The good news is that in a false world of do-gooders, peer pressure amongst the hypocrites eventually somehow do result in tangible support for conservation. The bad news is that these noble principles have apparent opposites, which promote doom in subjective minds. Consequently "hunting"≠"conservation".
African Econo Hunter strongly supports meaningful conservation of our natural heritage: in broad terms as argued and recommended by organizations like Nature Conservation, national hunting bodies and scientific research forums such as our universities.
No person in his right mind enjoys the act of killing per se, and a wounded or dying animal has never been a pleasant sight. Few of today’s generation grew up in a society where hunting was the cultural norm. The gory details of cutting the throat of a sheep or shooting a suffering horse have not been witnessed by most of today's city dwellers. They are in the fortunate position of being able to leave the dirty work to the abattoirs, vets, farmers and hunters. Saying "medium-done sirloin please" in the restaurant, or chewing on vacuum-packed biltong at the rugby is conveniently far removed from the primary processes. So, the armchair conservationists turns a blind eye to the realities and agree that "hunting is bad". They don't even have to think about this statement before making it. It's about as risky to one's reputation as saying "I don't smoke".
Besides the scientific, commercial and moral arguments around hunting, there are those who simply do not enjoy taking part in it. I am empathetic and respectful towards the genuine desire not to inflict direct physical harm onto animals. My own household and most of my friends fall within this category. However, they reciprocate with an understanding of my passion for hunting.
I enjoy a healthy debate on the topic of "to hunt or not to hunt". But when confronted with subjective, uninformed, irrational, pre-judgmental uttering from the holiest of hypocrites, I withdraw.
African Econo Hunter contributes to conservation in a small way by supporting commercial hunting, and through education with regard the irresponsible use of poison and indiscriminate termination of innocent "problem animals".