Elephant hunting means the entire hunting party counts on you to make a clean, killing shot. Chris Dorsey shows how it's done in this awe-inspiring video.
by Chris Dorsey | Jan 21, 2021 | HUNTING, SAFARI & INTERNATIONAL
If you care for elephants and want to see them flourish in the future, you must tell the world that there is no difference between elephant hunting and elephant conservation. That is our inconvenient truth.
Elephant hunting means the entire hunting party counts on you to make a clean, killing shot. Chris Dorsey shows how it’s done in this awe-inspiring video.
Every elephant hunting experience starts with a new frame of mind, an awakening that the stakes are higher — not only for you but for everyone involved. When the time comes, the entire hunting party counts on you to save their lives by making a clean, killing shot. The alternative is the unthinkable and the stuff of nightmares, so I go into this trip with the sobriety of a wedding proposal.
In 1973, Kenya’s ban on elephant hunting created an open season for poachers who decimated that country’s herds. For nearly a half century, Kenya’s elephant populations have failed to recover because of the illicit trade in poached ivory. Voices of western nations — many in Europe — that originally heralded the hunting ban are nowhere to be heard now, for the groups that chanted loudest for the hunting closure cared more about what funds they could raise off the international press coverage than the actual fate of elephants.
If history has taught us one lesson about elephants, sport hunting sustains the only management model that funds protection of the species; eco-tourism alone has failed to protect the herds in every instance. Hunting a few elephants with carefully controlled quotas, in the end, protects the many. Replace emotion with science and the future for elephants across the African continent would be bright. As it is, countries that allow elephant hunting have populations doing far better than nations that have “protected” the great beasts. And these facts are indisputable, no matter how inconvenient for animal rights organizations who offer no sustainable way forward for the elephant.