The debate surrounding hunting is one that will likely continue regardless f the protests, or how many animal species are in threat of extinction. People will still defend it as a hobby and Ron Thompson is certainly one of them.
Over the course of his life as a hunter it’s reported he’s ended the lives of more than 5,000 animals, with African elephants counting for a large number of them.
Recently he was specifically named in a report on hunting as a hobby which was released by the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. The report discusses the increase in ivory taken by trophy hunters from the animals with the number having increased 12-fold in the last three decades.
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The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting’s founder, Eduardo Goncalves, argues that this type of hunting threatens the survival of many species. Goncalves fears that the industry has grown of late, which is close to pushing many species to the brink of being lost forever.
Thompson, has slain 5,000 elephants, as well as 800 buffalo, 50 hippopotamuses, between 30 and 40 leopards, and 50 or 60 lions. The 80-year-old has spent most of his life in national parks as a game ranger, and shows no remorse for his actions.
He says that what he does carries significance that people in western countries overlook. Thompson’s keeps animal populations in check and said that the African elephant isn’t facing extinction, despite evidence to the contrary.
“I’m totally unrepentant, a hundred – ten thousand – times over for any of the hunting I’ve done because that’s not the problem,” he said.
“The problem is we’ve got a bunch of so-called experts from the West telling us what to do. I’m a trained university ecologist – I must surely know something about this.”
It’s Thompson’s opinion that lies are being fabricated to finance animal rights non-governmental organizations. Irrespective of this you it’s evident that the African elephant has suffered a drastic drop in numbers.
According to the World Wildlife Federation, an effort to count the remaining African elephants in Africa in 2016 discovered there were only 352,271 of the majestic creatures remaining. Although this may sound like a lot if you compare it to previous years theres a 30% drop over the last seven years.
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