ABC Radio: Hunting industry’s environmental value questioned

As state Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh, unveils new plans to market Victoria as a game hunter’s mecca, the debate about so-called ‘conservation hunting’ continues.

The environmental benefits of hunting are often overstated. Photo credit: AFP, Patrick Pleul

Many conservation biologists, including myself, generally see trophy-hunting as a potential option for generating income for conservation.

But, the environmental benefits of hunting are often overstated. Hunting, in many areas, can actually have counter-productive effects. And focussing on bounty schemes and body counts just doesn’t work.

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