pactsoflionsandmen said: Hey, what do you know about this Kendall jones girl that's been making the rounds lately? The one who apparently killed lions tigers and elephants, is it relatively the same deal as the girl who was last photographed posing with a dead lion that you explained was for tourism and legal?
Prettymuch. Kendall Jones’s hunts in Africa are made possible only through very closely-regulated hunting programs. All funds go back to conservation efforts to keep the parks running when eco-tourism alone isn’t enough. Unlike National Parks in the USA, which get supplemental funding from taxpayers, reserves in Africa are largely privately-owned and don’t get any means of funding outside of the revenue they rake in as the result of tourism - And trophy hunting.
Each animal killed by paying hunters is predetermined as a target by park guides prior to the hunt. They pick animals which are too old or sick to reproduce, or which have been causing too many issues with locals. The elimination of these animals actually benefits the park ecology, so why not make some money in the process?
Let’s take a look at how much money Kendall’s various hunting adventures have brought to the table. A simple Google search for “Cost of African Safari hunt” brings up the following numbers.
African male lion - $30,000.00
Bull elephant - $42,000.00.
Leopard - $25,000.00.
Hippo - $13,000.00.
Buffalo - $15,000.00.
Wildebeest - $1,000.00.
White springbok - $15,000.00
Blesbuck - $950.00.
Kendall has taken at least one of each of the following animals. Given this, we can calculate that she has likely spent AT LEAST $127,000.00 on trophy permits alone. This does not cover the cost of CITES permits, accommodations, and guide fees for each hunt, nor do I have the time or patience to look through all of Kendall’s trophy photos to determine how many of which species she’s killed on her various hunts. In total, the amount that she’s generated for Africa’s parks is likely much, much more.
Point is, I doubt that the animal rights activists calling for Kendall’s demise have donated anywhere near as much money to wildlife in Africa as Kendall has singlehandedly. Awkward.
Hunting also benefits indigenous people, who are often given the meat from hunters’ kills, and even the World Wildlife Fund recognizes the importance of regulated trophy hunts!
Also, for the record, the rhino that Kendall is posing next to in her most recent hunting photos is not even dead - she shot it with a tranquilizer gun so that a conservation group could give it a radio collar and vet care. She is literally working side-by-side with the people who make a living protecting these animals.
In short, you don’t have to like what Kendall is doing, but please educate yourself on the topic before making bullshit remarks. And keep in mind that just because you’re not okay with trophy hunting doesn’t mean that Kendall needs to adhere to your ideologies; her beliefs regarding animal life are different from yours, and probably mine, too, but so long as it’s legal and provides much-needed income to protect the rest of the animals on the reserve, she’s still doing a hell of a lot more for the continued survival of the species than anyone complaining about it on the internet.