Hunters can engage in canned hunting¹, shoot animals from vehicles, shoot young and uncommon animals, lure animals from protected area using spot lights and hounds … the unethical list is endless. Hunting revenues seldom reach rural communities due to flawed benefit sharing structures. Corruption by hunters and government officials leads to leakages in the revenue stream and communities are left holding the short end of the stick. The impact of hunting on wildlife populations is largely negative as the establishment of quotas is based on guess work. For some vulnerable animals such as lions, removal of young males has a huge net negative effect even where quotas appear conservative. The emphasis on ‘trophies’ leads to problems including genetic manipulation of animals, fencing of ranches, and intolerance to predators on private ranches.
In Kenya, hunting was banned in 1977. Photographic tourism is highly successful and generates 12% of Kenya’s GDP². Numerous opportunities still exist to develop Kenya’s tourism industry.
Re-introduction of hunting can only serve to divert the government from this important goal and undermine Kenya’s role as top tourism destination and a global leader in wildlife conservation.