A South African’s View – A Response to Anti-Hunting Sentiment
27 March 2019

Peter Flack is a South African lawyer and businessman. He also happens to an avid hunter and vocal proponent of conservational hunting.

In his recent article, he provides some insight into his views on hunting which serve to counter the beliefs and sentiments that are commonly held amonst those that actively oppose the practice.

Flack mentions that although some believe that hunting poses a risk to endangered species, the reality is that these animals are not targeted at all. In the instances where an endangered animal is available to be hunted, the example of an ageing, non-breeding black rhino is given, large sums of money are raised and then used to put back into conservation.

It is also emphaised how Nambia’s approach to conservation, where hunting is permitted and managed in a conservational capacity, is widely recognised as a success. This is in contrast to the view that Namibia’s wildlife has suffered as a result of their attitude towards hunting, when in fact, Namibia has actually seen a decrease in poaching and the resurgence of a number of endangered species, such as the desert elephant and Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

In response to the narrative claiming that hunting is ineffective when used to tackle conservation, Flack then goes on to detail a paper published in 2016 by the World Conservation Union that was strongly in favour of trophy hunting. This paper suggests that properly managed trophy hunting is not only beneficial for wildlife, but also essential for the livelihoods of local communities and governments. These are issues that are often ignored by those that opopose hunting, which is unfortunate as those that rely on hunting often have few other means to make a living.

In addition, the topic of ”sustainable utilisation” is addressed, where hunting is implemented in a renewable and sustainable fashion. The notion that sustainable utilisation is often abused by governments is dismissed, as there is no solid evidence to support this claim. Flack also argues that if this process is done in a legal and ethical manner, there is no reason to be against this practice.

As an individual that lives somwhere that hunting is a relevant issue and is intimiately familiar with the subject, Peter Flack suggests that it is unfair for those with no hands on experience of hunting to criticise the practice when they lack the expertise and evidence to argue their points.

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