A public discussion where those who truly care about wildlife, from both sides
of the debate, can look ‘Beyond Trophy Hunting.'

Date: Thursday 15th December 2022
Venue: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Georgaphical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AR
Time: Cash bar available from 6:30 pm, theatre doors open at 7:00pm
Tickets: £22 / £15 students - BOOK YOURS NOW USING THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
 

A manipulated image showing the reflection of a hunter in a close-up shot of a lion's eye

On 15th December, 2022, at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London, Born Free will be hosting Beyond Trophy Hunting, an event to explore viable alternatives to trophy hunting that can secure meaningful jobs, enhanced economic benefits, and help conserve land where people and wildlife can co-exist without some of the world’s most iconic species, such as lions, elephants, giraffe and rhino, paying for it with their lives.  
 

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A photo of a wild lion walking across the African plains

Trophy hunting is one of the most visible and contentious forms of wild animal exploitation.  Strenuous and heated debate revolves around the claims made by proponents of trophy hunting including that:  

  • It generates important revenue for remote rural communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa
  • It delivers significant employment opportunities to those communities
  • It supports conservation by securing large areas of land for wildlife  

At Born Free, as well as being ethically opposed to any killing of animals for sport or pleasure, we also challenge these claims.  

Whilst we recognise that trophy hunting provides very modest financial and employment rewards, by contrast other wildlife tourism activities that do not result in the death of wild animals, such as photo-tourism, generate much greater employment and financial returns. 

The debate rages on with little opportunity for a meeting of minds. Until now. For there is one area of broad agreement. the hunters themselves aside, both those in favour and those opposed to the practice alike are keen to find viable alternatives that protect wildlife AND provide for local communities and employment. 

With that clear vision in mind, Born Free will host a public discussion where those who truly care about wildlife, from both sides of the debate, can openly explore what some of those alternatives could be, and are inviting stakeholders to look Beyond Trophy Hunting

The evening will include short presentations setting out some of the innovative and humane alternatives for supporting conservation and community development and promoting peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife, examine the challenges that exist, and identify the barriers that may currently prevent those alternatives from becoming a reality. It will also provide an opportunity to explore the relative benefits of a post-trophy hunting future, compared to the trophy hunting present. 

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“Trophy hunting is a bloody, often cruel, and deeply controversial business. Proponents argue that it is good for conservation and delivers benefits to local communities, as well as preserving land for wildlife. 



Will Travers OBE 

"Detractors argue that the financial benefits to local communities are miniscule, that most jobs are low level and poorly paid, and that this activity, a relic of a colonial times, perpetuates the unethical and immoral agenda of a wealthy western elite. These arguments have been going on for years. Born Free wants to break the cycle.” 

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