And you’d be amazed at the tolerance the $20 to $100,000 (what it costs a tourist hunter in total fees to shoot an African Lion) generates in a country like Tanzania where annual per-capita income runs around $500.
"Welcome Mr Bwana hunter! I know of a real BIG Simba, sir (or madam!) Let me lead to him, most gracious Bwana hunter sir!" Far from being "threatened" (as a whole) by legal foreign hunters lions have, in these “yahoos” and “troglodytes,” their greatest champions.
In 2001 Botswana banned sport hunting for lions. In 2002 "animal-control" officers in Botswana killed more lions (because of cattle and human depredations) than sport hunters had killed the year before — and those had brought in a cool $30--50,000 in foreign exchange each from Melissa Bachman-type hunters.
In California, where animal rightists got cougar hunting banned in 1990, government "animal-control officers"(supported by hunter license fees) have killed more "problem" cougars than hunters themselves ever killed when they were allowed to hunt. And this was apparently fine with the same greenies who lobbied to end cougar hunting.
In brief, for humans to thrive a certain number of animals must die. They’ll either be killed by people like Melissa Bachman with smiles on their face or by government drones punching a clock and frowning. Either way the animals are just as dead. Hunters will pay out the wazoo for the privilege and take out the beast in a blaze of glory, then honor his memory with a dinner party or rug. The government performs a sordid (and expensive to taxpayers) execution then dumps them in a mass grave, like Fidel or Che Guevara’s execution victims.
"Wealthy trophy hunters, many from out of state, will pay for the pleasure of shooting a lion so they can hang mountain lions over their mantelpieces." Thus ran, word for word, the “scientifically- based” campaign to ban cougar hunting in California backed by the Sierra Club.
So now more "problem" (eating Californians' pets, and starting on the Californians themselves) lions are killed in California by frowning (taxpayer- and hunting license fee-salaried) wildlife officers than were killed previously by (tax-and hunting license-paying) hunters!
But at least none get hung over a mantelpiece. Instead, they're dumped in an incinerator. Yippee! Happy now, Greenies?
"The Puritan hates fox-hunting,not because it brings pain to the fox, but because it brings pleasure to the hunter."
- Lord McCauley
"Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be enjoying himself."
- H.L. Mencken
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.