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.
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.