Dec 3, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT
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?