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Divergent views on trophy hunting in Africa, and what this may mean for research and policy

Houdt, S, Brown, RP, Wanger, TC, Twine, W, Fynn, R, Uiseb, K, Cooney, R and Traill, LW (2021) Divergent views on trophy hunting in Africa, and what this may mean for research and policy. Conservation Letters. ISSN 1755-263X

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Over the past decade, trophy hunting in Africa has seen increased public and scientific interest. Much of that attention has come from outside of Africa, with little emphasis on local views. We circulated an online survey through international networks to explore demographic and regional differences in opinion regards support for African trophy hunting, trophy import bans, and outside funding of conservation estates supported by hunting. We received ∼5700 responses and found that location, demography, and conservation background influenced opinion. African and North American respondents showed (significantly) more support for trophy hunting than respondents from Europe or other areas, as did respondents with conservation backgrounds. Unlike North Americans, Africans supported external subsidies of wildlife areas presently funded by hunting. Many factors affected opinions on African hunting, but respondent location played a major role. Realistic policy on African trophy hunting should thus integrate African perspectives, in particular those of rural communities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 11:46
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 11:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/conl.12840
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15490
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