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Nothing Goes To Waste

Dec 3, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

nothing goes to waste

Where anti hunters are confused is that there is difference between a ‘hunter’ and a ‘poacher’. Poachers illegally kill animals for horn, meat or tusks. They rape and pillage the land with no concern for the ramifications of their actions. And the penalty for such actions is more often than not, death. I’ve personally held a rifle on five poachers until my professional hunter could secure their wrists and we could take them to the authorities; their punishment was prison with heavy fines they’d never fulfill.

As responsible and ethical hunters we purchase the licenses and tags required to hunt the animal we’re in pursuit of. If we have success, we utilize every aspect of nature’s bounty in the animal’s we harvest; what we don’t consume we use for clothing or tools or we celebrate the animal’s age and beauty by appreciating his horns or skull.

There are many instances where a hunter cannot consume all of the meat and/or import the meat back into his home country. In such cases meat is given to either food banks who encourage hunters that have an excess of venison, to donate their excess meat to those less fortunate, or participate in programs like CAMPFIRE (Communal Area Management Program For Indigenous REsources) which requires area-outfitters to provide meat to the local people in exchange for them protecting the wildlife with their anti-poaching efforts. These locals know that the hunter not only brings resources and jobs, but the meat they desperately need; instead of poaching, they realize the benefits of protecting their wildlife.

Even a predator or primate won’t go to waste. If the indigenous people refuse to eat lion, his carcass can be used to bait in crocodile who’s meat is quite abundant and precious. Primates are also utilized in such a way, but I’ve personally killed a monkey at the request of the pygmy people in Cameroon who crave their brain and meat. For the scraps, scavengers like hyena, vulture, jackal, wildcat will happily dine on the remains; furthermore, predators and rodents chew on bones and antler for calcium. The only thing I’ve seen completely wasted is the stomach of a crocodile due to it’s incredible toxicity.

Besides the crocodile’s stomach, what else goes to waste?

  1. joesmom - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Even locals in Africa don’t eat lion. It isn’t good “eating”. You DO know that those big cat skeletons end up being sold to illegal animal parts traffikeers and they end up in the illegal chinese medicinal market, fueling the poaching industry. You did know that yes? Of course you did. You just ignore those facts while you are out killing big game for fun.

    • thinkreadblog - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      MANY facts get totally ignored. The truth is hard to handle when it takes away from your fun times.

    • boatwrecking - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      thanks for making that clear. Please feel free to join our facebook page Abolish Trophy Hunting. I am sick of seeing mistruths in these articles. These people need to give equal opportunity to Anti Trophy Hunting so that both sides of teh story can be told so people can me an informed choice. Not one shoved down their throats.

    • Donald Gasaway - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      I have eaten lion and it was quite good.

  2. thinkreadblog - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    ” If the indigenous people refuse to eat lion, his carcass can be used to bait in crocodile who’s meat is quite abundant and precious”

    So this beautiful animal (a protected vulnerable animal) is killed by you, WITHOUT KNOWING IF THE MEAT WILL BE EATEN FIRST – and then if it’s not you throw it in the river for crocodile hunting.

    My husband hunts as does my father – you make ALL of us sick. seriously, that’s some evil business right there.

    You can’t seriously be trying to pull the ‘I’m doing lots of good for people’ card? I mean there is delusional and then there is this article.

    • boatwrecking - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      we would love you to join our facebook group Abolish Trophy Hunting. You are so right!

  3. laralizard - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    “If the indigenous people refuse to eat lion, his carcass can be used to bait in crocodile who’s meat is quite abundant and precious”

    It completely makes sense to kill lions so you can catch crocodiles for your dinner. Come on -.-

  4. biverman - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    This article is a classic example of the sophistry that lies at the root of pro-hunters arguments. So the lion meat gets used as a bait so that the locals can catch crocodiles? That premise is so flimsy it’s laughable. ANY meat could be used for crocodile. What’s really happening is that you are killing a lion for it’s luxurious mane, and you are left with a carcass that you can do nothing with, so you use it as bait just so you can say ‘it’s not wasted’. You are either stupid or deluding yourself.

  5. skelm49 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    It is unbelievable to kill a lion and then use his meat to catch crocodiles?
    The number of Lions in the wild are down to 20.000 from 200.000.
    Elephants, there used to be 1.2 million roaming Africa.
    Now there are 300.000 left but we still hear stories that there are too many elephants.
    What about humans? In 1960 there were 3 billion and now the number is over 7 billion.

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