The main soil types on sites are lithosols and regosols occurring on Karoo volcanic and Kalahari geological formations, respectively [68]. what are the actual circumstances and consequences of an action for all sentient beings involved). Hence, in trophy hunting, the interests of affected animals and humans ought to be accounted for in the aggregate welfare. The open access publishing fees for this article have been covered by the Texas A&M University Open Access to Knowledge Fund (OAKFund), supported by the University Libraries. The review of the evidence presented in this essay suggests that under a utilitarian framework, it is doubtful whether the benefits of trophy hunting significantly outweigh the costs to the animals, biodiversity, ecosystems and concerned people. This is why I concluded that under a utilitarian framework, trophy hunting can be ethically permitted only if the practice is regulated so as to ensure that it: (a) does not jeopardize wildlife populations, alter natural selection and ecosystem functioning or diminish native biodiversity; (b) creates equitable net conservation benefits to the local community that are not available through alternative ethical practices; (c) does not contribute to social inequality and injustice; (d) considers animal welfare and minimizes sentient animals' suffering and (e) does not cause public outrage and undermine public trust in conservation. Data Availability: All relevant data are within the paper and its Supporting Information files. Contribution of wildlife to national economies, Tracking an Invisible Great Trek: An ethnography on the re‐configuration of power and belonging on trophy‐hunting farms in the Karoo, Power battles on South African trophy‐hunting farms: Farm workers, resistance and mobility in the Karoo, Game fences in the Karoo: Reconfiguring spatial and social relations. However, the northern block (i.e. One sample t-test was used to compare observed trophy size with Safari Club International (SCI) minimum score. This article is based on a press release from Ban Trophy Hunting. I would like to show my deepest gratitude to Dr. Gary Varner (Texas A&M University) for his extensive editorial advice. Trophy hunting was hardly a topic of moral questioning in the past; however, the situation has been changing. This negative media framing of a country may reduce its attractiveness as a destination, which result in low offtake levels of species thus reducing revenue generation from trophy hunting [16]. Yes The sustainability of trophy hunting in Category VI protected areas in most southern African countries is increasingly subjected to scrutiny both from an ecological and ethical perspective [52]. The quota sizes allocated during this period may have been based on previous experiences and individual opinions and not based on scientific principles as the MSY approach [39, 40]. tigers; Snijders, 2018), game protective fencing (Woodroffe et al., 2014) and removing predators to protect trophy animals (Pirie et al., 2017), all in response to trophy hunting demand, have deteriorated local biodiversity. Furthermore, Child and Darimont (2015) analysed 2,791 online hunting photographs looking for signals of emotion and satisfaction in hunters’ smiles. here. see Cruise, 2016). It is needlessly adding to the problems they already face. Yet, studies done on the motivations and intentions of trophy hunters suggest that some vices are involved in it. The quota size allocated for sable for the period 2004–2008 were lower than those for the 2009–2015 period (t(70) = -4.77, p < 0.000). Authors approaching the subject of hunting, in general, from deontological perspectives have tended to denounce it, even when used for wildlife population control; thus, taking a deontological approach does not promise to support trophy hunting specifically. 345 per day. We conducted a systematic review of the Zimbabwean trophy hunting perspective spanning from pre-1890 to 2015, by examining the following: (1) evolution of legal instruments, administration, and governance of trophy hunting, (2) significance of trophy hunting in conservation … First, we computed a simple linear regression to assess the temporal trends in the trophy size and age at harvest for the four herbivores. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.g005. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.g002. We further conducted a one-sample t-test to ascertain if the observed trophy size differed from the SCI minimum score for greater kudu (121 inches), sable (96 inches), Cape buffalo (101 inches) and African elephant (90 pounds) (http://www.scirecordbook.org). To reconcile such issues from a pragmatist perspective, Bryan Norton (1991) suggests a distinction between ‘consensus’ and ‘convergence’ in environmental ethics. Also, I assume that a flourishing human life involves developing and maintaining good relationships both with other human beings in civil society and with the animals and natural environments on which human civilizations depend (Hursthouse, 2009). To provide a framework for elaborating on the biological and socio‐economic concerns about trophy hunting, I borrow the IUCN guiding principles on trophy hunting (IUCN, 2012). Evidence also cautions about the possible detrimental effect of trophy hunting on endangered species populations through supply‐and‐demand mechanisms, rarity and increasing value for trophy species (Palazy et al., 2011, 2012). Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue, British Ecological Society, 42 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GS | T: +44 20 3994 8282 E: hello@britishecologicalsociety.org | Charity Registration Number: 281213. Variations in trophy size and age at harvest could be as a result of several factors including (1) use of the fixed quota system that reduces the density or availability of old trophy individuals with the requisite trophy sizes, (2) lack of consistent age based trophy harvesting policy that penalises the harvesting of young individuals [46, 62, 64], (3) habitat quality heterogeneity that affect horn development and growth of trophy species [82, 83], and (4) possible effects of illegal harvesting that may vary with area and degree of protection [81]. Our special thanks to Chido Meda and Merillette M. Chihota for helping with the proofs. Accordingly, trophy hunting is meant to remove only a few individuals, mostly those that have passed their prime reproductive time and as such should not compromise viability of wildlife species [41–43]. The majority of arguments in favour of trophy hunting highlight the economic benefits of trophy hunting for conservation and local communities. These interventions should respect local cultural values and practices, and the benefits should be distributed transparently, free of corruption (IUCN, 2012). Removing … However, the trophy size of African elephant declined significantly (β ± SE: -1.03 ± 0.45, t = -2.29, p = 0.023) for the period 2004–2015 (Fig 2B). Ethics plays a fundamental role in justifying conservation activities (Minteer & Miller, 2011) so that some scholars consider conservation as an ethically driven science (e.g. In Zimbabwe, Protected Areas Category VI is referred to as Safari Areas. Flocken argued that trophy hunting weakens the African lion gene pool because the most desirable trophy kills are young, healthy males. No, PLOS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, #C2354500, based in San Francisco, California, US, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429, http://www.scirecordbook.org/docs/methods, http://www.wcs.ahead.org/kaza/constraints_to_cons_&_dev_success_082311.pdf. Only articles with abstracts containing at least two of the key … The SCI scoring system in Cape buffalo mostly results in high scores for green bulls or soft bossed bulls (immature bulls) which are still in their breeding prime thus undermining the best practices in Cape buffalo hunting where only mature bulls, past their breeding prime and has broomed horns [84, 85]. Jane Dalton South Africa’s president ‘profits from trophy hunting ’ US politics. From that dentist in Minnesota killing Cecil the lion, to a viral Facebook post about a young girl who killed a giraffe, it seems like every few weeks I see a new article about someone killing an animal and the public outrage and hunters’ arguments that ensue. Complementary benefits of tourism and hunting to communal conservancies in Namibia. If the practice is going to continue, conservation authorities and managers need to reconsider underlying assumptions of trophy hunting and address the practical and ethical concerns mentioned in this essay. utilitarianism, deontology and virtue theory) may converge in opposition to the practice of trophy hunting. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Trophy hunting is a leisure activity for the very rich. Here I review evidence from the literature that undermines the benefits associated with the practice of trophy hunting. Some evidence also suggested that introducing non‐native herbivore (Castley et al., 2001) and carnivore species (e.g. A decline in trophy size of preferred species may reduce hunting destination competitiveness thus compromising the sustainability of trophy hunting as a conservation tool. For example, as an alternative to killing the animals, trophy hunters could dart and sedate them, take their photos, and acquire trophies by 3D‐printing of the animals' casts or replicas. The southern block (i.e., comprise of Unit 1–5) is boarded by Hwange National Park to the southern part, north-eastern side with private and communal areas whereas the western side is mostly Kazuma Pan National Park and Forestry Area Hunting block. At the level of moral values and principles, the main agenda is why an action is right or wrong, while at the level of policy, the question is what ought to be done. Yet, trophy hunters stubbornly argue that this is just the case. We grouped data on quota size and offtake levels into two time intervals based on the temporal economic status: (a) period of land reform, hyper inflation and policy changes, 2004–2009, and (b) period of political stability, deflation and economic recovery, 2009–2015, in Zimbabwe. Virtue theory primarily focuses on character rather than on actions and consequences (as in utilitarianism), or rights and rules (as in deontology) (Hursthouse & Pettigrove, 2003). The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority administers a participatory quota setting system with the concerned stakeholders (i.e., private land owners, communal areas representatives and private concessionaires in state owned safari areas) as a way of controlling the offtake levels through trophy hunting. Notes: Solid circles indicate mean trophy size, solid line represents trend in trophy size, hollow circle indicate mean age at harvest, dotted broken line represent trend in age at harvest. The analysis presented in this paper challenges the ethical justification of trophy hunting based on a utilitarian perspective, and it also suggests that trophy hunting is problematic from the perspectives of both deontology and virtue theory. Not only do they discard any deontological concern relevant to trophy hunting but also, remarkably, they oppose policies that would consider deontological objections against trophy hunting. Yes Greater kudu trophy sizes were within the minimum score threshold whereas sable trophy sizes were above the SCI minimum score between 2004 and 2015. However, he clearly excludes trophy hunting from his defense of hunting (Jensen, 2001). It is not the aim of this essay to propose alternatives, nonetheless, conservation policymakers are encouraged to seek substitute sources of funding (e.g. Quota size allocated for buffalo and the corresponding offtake levels declined over time. We used long-term data on horn and tusk size, age, quota size allocation and offtake levels of selected species. Similarly, in Northern Cameroon, between 2000 and 2008, the local communities’ share from the total trophy hunting revenue equalled only 2.6%, and that only a small proportion of the villagers benefited (Yasuda, 2011). Research shows that public value orientations and attitudes have gradually turned against domination and mastery views over wildlife to more mutualistic and animal‐welfarist ones (e.g. The author declares no conflict of interest. The conservation literature has sparsely addressed ethical considerations of trophy hunting (e.g. Macdonald, Jacobsen, et al., 2016; Nelson et al., 2016) merits consideration as a negative outcome in an utilitarian analysis of trophy hunting. Nevertheless, there might be some relations between trophy hunting and connectedness with nature and place, which require further investigation. In his ‘convergence hypothesis’, Norton (1991) argues that at the policy level, the implications of environmental holism and anthropocentrism converge, even though proponents of holism have commonly argued that anthropocentrism is not a sound basis for an environmental ethic. We explored the trophy quality and trends in harvesting patterns (i.e., 2004–2015) of Cape buffalo … For the period 2004–2015, only greater kudu mean age at harvest and trophy size did not vary with the hunting Unit, i.e., age at harvest (F(5, 560) = 1.35, p = 0.385) and trophy size (F(5, 560) = 0.24, p = 0.859) (Table 4). The quota size for sable increased whilst the offtake levels fluctuated without changing for the period 2004–2015. respectively: for food, and for literature or art) can justify violations of the ‘basic’ interests of nonhumans, as long as the humans involved express an appropriate attitude of ‘respect for nature’ (see pp. These variations may be due to habitat quality as a function of environmental heterogeneity that may influence resource allocation towards horn development and body growth over time [86–88]. It appears that such disagreements are rooted in differential moral values, various geographical or ecological scales and diverse perspectives that each ethical view adds to the issue. Yet a new book by Eduardo Gonçalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, reveals that the hunting lobby is stirring up concocted opposition to the government’s plans in … This is opposed to wildlife preservation approaches which promote restraint in the harvest and consumption of wildlife species and their products [3]. Conservationists are invited to pioneer in realizing and embracing this change in society. Asia. The quota system used is based on ecological theory, i.e., maximum sustainable yield (MSY), set in such a way that off-take levels are always below the growth rate of the target species at any given time [39, 40]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.g003, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.t002, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.t003. It is argued that the viability of trophy hunting in this area over time may be compromised unless a review on the current trophy hunting policy is done to ensure that a dynamic framework is adopted and implemented commensurate with the global trends in modern day conservation. Consider an analogy to capital punishment. All the data were analysed separately for each species. Similarly, the mean African elephant trophy size (81.40 ± 21.35 pounds) was below the SCI minimum score of 90 pounds for the period 2005–2015 (t(257) = -6.47, p < 0.001). Trophy Hunting. Ahmad's perspective on trophy hunting mirrors what the premier animal rights philosopher, Tom Regan (2004), says about utilitarian justifications for hunting to control wildlife populations. Scientifically sound data on biological and socio‐economic consequences of trophy hunting should be provided for a comprehensive ethical judgment of trophy hunting under the utilitarian framework (Macdonald et al., 2017; Treves et al., 2018). A quota refers to the number of individuals of a particular animal species that is legally allocated or prescribed for harvesting per year for a particular area [38]. As reviewed here, through a virtue ethics framework, there seems not to be an association between trophy hunting and trophy hunters' virtues and human flourishing. Wherever, in the name of conservation and population control, trophy hunters express violence or cruelty in removing animals besides the ecological intentions, this practice could become ethically unacceptable and cause public outrage. The period 2004–2015 was characterized by significant changes in the offtake growth rate for Cape buffalo (F(11, 60) = 2.01, p = 0.043). No, Is the Subject Area "Zimbabwe" applicable to this article? During the period 2004–2015, the observed mean Cape buffalo trophy size (95.39 ± 8.66 inches) were below 101 inches, the SCI minimum score (t(806) = -18.41, p < 0.001). The authors did admit that many of them consider trophy hunting “repugnant,” but they also argue that controlled trophy hunting is still better than unregulated killing, which they say can have “serious repercussions for conservation and animal welfare” because it’s more prevalent in … Their analysis revealed extreme objectification of animal bodies, marginalization of animals and their bodies and clear patterns of a show‐off display and victory over a worthy opponent in the pictures of trophy hunters with their dead trophies (Kalof & Fitzgerald, 2003). Moreover, fuelled by rising auction prices, captive breeding of trophy animals affected biodiversity by having evolutionary consequences such as inbreeding in animal populations (Castley et al., 2001) and artificially creating ‘new species’ through hybridization, splitting and crossbreeding (e.g. Please note: The publisher is not responsible for the content or functionality of any supporting information supplied by the authors. Interests, animal rights, and environmental ethics, Environmental ethics, hunting, and the place of animals, Oxford handbooks. As moral agents, it is upon us to take a side on the trophy hunting debate now that will be considered ethical and humane in the future as history will judge. Regan argues that if we take seriously the view that individual animals have rights that block utilitarian justifications for harming them, then we cannot justify killing certain animals on the grounds that the consequences will be better on the whole (e.g. We argue that viability of trophy hunting in this area over time may be compromised unless solemn trophy hunting policy changes are adopted and implemented. One often quoted figure is based on Lindsey, Roulet, et al. Conservationists argue that there is much uncertainty over the sustainability of offtake rates and their potential impacts on wildlife populations. see Price Tack et al., 2018) might be a symptom of such ongoing value shifts. old bull elephants pass on knowledge to the youngens (like which areas to avoid) and when they're killed without passing on this knowledge, the youngsters may stray into agricultural lands. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.g001, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164429.t001. Failure to utilize the allocated quota may reflect on (1) loss of hunting destination competiveness due to a waning preference by trophy hunting clients to patronise a hunting destination or species to hunt, (2) possible decline in the abundance of suitable trophy individuals thus affecting the hunting success of hunted species over time. In some countries, execution is considered an acceptable punishment for certain crimes.

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