Setting the record straight on Lion Hunting is someone who has actually RUN some of Africa’s foremost national parks.
The author — Ron Thompson — begins my stating that he has never shot a lion ‘for sport’. He has, however, shot a number of nomads, man-eaters, or stock killers that had been thrown out of their pride.
He took issue with a scathing article condemning the practice of hunting lions. The article was by Simon Esply in ‘Africa Geographic’. The title of the article was ‘The BIG LIE about lion trophy hunting’. Ironically, it was filled with garbage arguments that Thomposon knocked down one by one.
Claim 1: It is ‘unsustainable’ to set lion quotas without particular data.
Answer: If you have a 1000-animal herd of domestic livestock, an experienced farmer could reasonably estimate how many head of livestock could be removed from that herd without diminishing the overall size and strength of that herd. (Say, 50) The same principle is true of lions. It would not be ‘unsustainable’ to remove animals from the domestic herd, nor from the overall lion population, if within reasonable limits.
Claim 2: It is wrong to have ‘trophy hunters’ to ‘execute’ problem animals.
Answer: An experienced hunter is more likely to seek out and find the actual problem animals, and put them down cleanly and with minimal problem. Realistically, the rogue problem animals that are killed are seldom of ‘trophy animal’ caliber.
Claims 3&4 (related): Blames hunters for changes in lion population in Namibia and Tanzania, and calls for conservation strategies.
Answer: This ignores the real problems with lion population, example: Explosive population growth of the people in those areas.
Claim 5: Cecil The Lion
Claim 6: Explicitly denounces various benefits from well-managed, limited practice of hunting.
Answer: His animal-rights activism has blinded his judgment.
(Read the original article in its entirety, here)
Simon needs to give this a listen: (You’ll like it too. Just press play)
Real men are naturally hard-wired to be hunters. True men are providers, protectors, hunters and heroes. To stymie this is to effectively neuter a dude and keep him from what God made him to be; and diminish him to the realm of the effeminate.
They have a Facebook Page, too.
And he REALLY needs to read this (it’ll set him straight):
If a person looked to Scripture and paid particular attention to the passages within the Bible that address the topic of hunting, then they’d walk away thinking not only is hunting animals tolerated but it is endorsed by God. And that’s exactly what this little book is about: proving that God, from Genesis to Revelation, is extremely cool with hunters and hunting. I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the responsible killing and the grilling of the animals He created. ~Doug Giles
In his killer new book RISE, KILL & EAT: A Theology of Hunting From Genesis to Revelation Doug carries on with his courageous war against the lunatic fringe who dare recommend Bambi solutions to the annual production of edible wildlife. –Ted Nugent