Open Letter to the World Wildlife Fund about Sport Hunting

A former WWF fan Bradley Bergh tries to understand the merits of trophy hunting as wildlife conservation.

African Lioness in tree

Part of Nikela’s mission is to share information that we deem important. What follows is the open letter of a concerned South African citizen. The author is solely responsible for the accuracy of its content.

Dear World Wildlife Fund (WWF),

It has just come to my attention that your organisation supports “sport” hunting as a viable means of wildlife conservation.

I recently read one of your quotes:

“WWF would not openly be supporting the sustainable use of wildlife for the hunting industry as a method for conservation if it did not work.”

I regret that I cannot agree with this. I am not saying this as a knee jerk, emotional reaction. I have been keeping an eye on the hunting industry for some years now and I’m afraid there is no way I can continue to support an organisation that supports hunting for any reason other than ‘survival’. I also don’t believe WWF can know for certain whether it is “a method of conservation that works”.

I would like to know why I should continue to support your organisation in light of what I have just learnt. Please don’t give me the usual tired justification of how hunters “protect” wildlife against poachers or that hunting brings in “foreign revenue” and “creates sustainable jobs”.

In the first place, in the scores of barbaric video material I have viewed of international “professional sport hunters”, I have yet to observe one hunter that shows any inkling of bravery. They are always surrounded by other “professional sport hunters” who are also armed with heavy calibre, high powered rifles ‘just in case’ things don’t quite go according to plan. A hunter who hunts with a spear or a knife could be called brave but can we really call the (generally) overweight, privileged business people who feature in these hunting videos (and have to be driven to within striking distance of their prey because they are so unfit) courageous? Please explain how hunters are contributing to the preservation of wildlife and biodiversity or helping to reduce the poaching in this country.

Then there is the argument of job creation and foreign revenue. The usual neo-liberal economic model that involves the enrichment of an elite few, coupled to minimum wages for everyone else. The amount of foreign revenue that flows into South Africa is vague and unsubstantiated and I would really like to hear a factual explanation (rather than the speculative/aspirational version provided by the Department of Environmental Affairs) as to how this income really contributes to building an equitable, humane and sustainable economy. Most of the wealth in this country is in the hands of a minority and continues to be so as the wealth inequality gap grows ever wider. If WWF is really impartial about this they should do a proper, holistic investigation which examines all the complex factors involved. The hunting industry is merely perpetuating the same business model that many other industries practice in this country which are neither interested in human or animal rights nor the preservation of the environment.

Please don’t respond to this with a whole bunch of academic mumbo-jumbo. I am myself busy with a Master’s in Sustainable Development and am experiencing, first-hand, the enormous limitations of academic study in solving complex problems. I would like to incorporate some of this in my thesis next year but I doubt I will get very far because the little contact I have had with the hunting industry always seems to illicit the same response that resonates with gun ownership lobbyists in the USA – “if you want me to give up my firearm, you will need to pry it from my dead fingers”! I am pretty sure many at WWF know what I am talking about as I have seen how some of the hunting industry players speak and behave.

Perhaps WWF is trying to “constructively engage” with the hunting industry but I do not believe “asking them nicely” is going to change the way they operate. The industry is also inadequately policed as illustrated by the widespread use of canned hunting that is currently taking place in this country. No one really knows what happens out there on those hunts unless the hunter decides to post his video on the internet to brag about it. Bow hunting is banned in South Africa but look at all the examples of bow kills below. I have the same argument of the SASSI grading system of sustainable fish – the fishing methods may be a bit more “sustainable” but unless the person responsible for the grading is on those boats they have no idea how those fish are really caught and how many other sea animals are killed with clubs and shotguns by fisherman “protecting” their catches. Getting all the role players in the industry to “fill in forms” is no guarantee whatsoever that this is how they operate.

I’m unable to see how we can call ourselves a civilized nation while we continue to condone this. This is not the way advanced societies behave. On the one hand we rant and rave about the number of Rhinos poached each year and on the other hand we allow sport hunters to kill them for pleasure. The only difference I can see between the two is where the money flows to. I understand WWF has large corporate sponsors and your organisation has to be careful not to offend them but we have to find a way to break the stranglehold corporations have on this country and the world. The first step is to break the financial ties that lead to a conflict of interests.

I have seen how badly many of the animals are killed. The entire system is so complex I am not convinced any study can ascertain the full impact of allowing this to carry on. We continue to allow certain industries to operate in this country (no matter how environmentally destructive those operations may be) because we want to preserve the jobs. What use will jobs be to us once our ecosystem is irreversibly degraded???

I don’t believe anyone working in your organisation truly agrees with sport hunting. In your hearts you know killing for pleasure is barbaric and cannot be justified either economically, morally or for conservation. I cannot help wondering if you have taken this position to keep a large corporate donor happy and I sympathise with your predicament if that is the case. It takes courage to stand up for what you truly believe in. This is not a choice that involves a colour or taste preference which are merely matters of opinion. An evolved society simply doesn’t allow its members to choose whether or not they can exploit other living creatures for pleasure or entertainment.

WWF should not make it easy for hunters to indulge their addiction to the adrenalin rush of killing! If we want to create just, equitable and humane societies it has to start with the way we treat animals. If we don’t, I cannot see how we can ever expect to achieve it among ourselves. Just because something is “legal” doesn’t make it ethical. There are more examples of this than I care to mention – including here in South Africa.

Yours faithfully

Bradley Bergh

A concerned citizen and former WWF donor

PS:

“We hunt because we love these animals” – says one hunter. Please explain this to me!

What follows are YouTube videos provided by Bradley. Some are disconcerting. Margrit, Nikela’s founder, cannot bear to watch. She says the images shared on Facebook are quite enough for her to get it.

View with caution

Provided by Bradley…

Enjoy the following tour of conservation killing –

real family men these guys …

Indiscriminate bow killing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcVsVZ_h9aM

Giraffe bow killing

(see how long it takes them to die sometimes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CQcqqp8_EQ

(“Can’t wait to see what a giraffe looks like piled up!”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRFRXSHTtZg

(Lots of back slapping as if it is a major achievement shooting a massive, stationary bull giraffe!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdEz66CTgKw

(killing a bull to protect the female giraffes!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsx8_VfhIvk

Lion bow hunting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tExAqeGXRZU

(killing of lioness in her enclosure from the safety of a vehicle – he has to wait until she is standing side on and standing still – listen to her calling as she dies)

Rhino hunting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd9Sy3kvWkk

(you can see how brave this hunter is as he kills a rhino)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLjRzZI3Y2w

(real conservationist who wants to kill all of the big 5!)

Elephant hunting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU7MEHHreYQ

(senseless killing of bull elephant)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoJBnSTk6L4

(congratulations on number 4 of the big 5!)

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80 Responses to Open Letter to the World Wildlife Fund about Sport Hunting

  1. Lynda Corkum June 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Bradley Bergh has just become my hero! Wow, what a great article! As I read it, it mimicked, almost word for word, my attitude towards WWF and trophy hunting. I almost had to ask myself “Did I write this?” Kudos to you for daring to ask the esteemed WWF the difficult question about potential financial support/sponsorship by certain organizations (the SCI comes quickly to mind!)…. unless their response (and proof of) were a resounding NO, I would never support the WWF. I would prefer to seek out smaller organizations that depend on donations but who do not let greed overtake their integrity.

    Thank you for this! I hope it reaches a wide readership!

    Cheers,
    Lynda from Canada

    • Wildlife Margrit June 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks Lynda for your words of support… glad Bradley’s letter resonated with you.

    • Ailsa Porter June 7, 2014 at 3:28 am #

      What a great letter. Good luck with your studies!

  2. Antonio Avila June 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Well said Bradley!

  3. Susan Jones June 5, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    What a well written letter. With regards to job creation and foreign revenue created by hunting, this is a load of bullocks in Tanzania. The only people gaining financially are the people in the wildlife departments who are bribed to look the other way for underhand methods being conducted by some of the hunting operators. Some of the hunting concessions also do not have proper anti-poaching methods and have very little interest in what happens to the surrounding communities. Poaching is rife by the surrounding communities as a means for food and a way of making money. Now if communities were benefitting from the gains made by hunting concessions in Tanzania they would not have to resort to poaching! Also the wages for people working in this industry are the lowest in Tanzania and the living conditions are shocking. Sometimes they will go months without receiving their pay!

    • Wildlife Margrit June 6, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Thanks Susan for that information

  4. P Ackroyd June 6, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Please watch the Youtube link : ‘ Elephants in the Namibian desert – Wild Africa – BBC ‘; this is independent evidence stating that there are ‘100 or so Desert Dwelling Elephants; being supported by the Desert ” The Namibia Ministry has just announced there are 20,000 backed by WWF who are cooking the books . Can the BBC Wildlife Award Winning , Credible , Educationalist Documentary Makers be wrong ? The Desert Dwelling Elephants are NOT large enough in their population to cull . They should NOT be Trophy / Hunted ever. There are only 18 Bulls and 6 young none trophy males are going to be shot in a weeks time, and more Trophy / Hunting permits are beginning sold now to kill more young males , that can not be trophies , because Dallas Safari Club have killed all the Trophy males , for 2015 and the world is trying to stop the Namibia Government from making a mistake and sending the animals into extinction , whilst the world is watching . THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE HUNTING, THIS IS BREAKING THE RULES OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT SET DOWN BY CITIES, BACKED BY 180 COUNTRIES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0v5MIdyxZc

    • Wildlife Margrit June 6, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks Pam

  5. Colin Smith June 6, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    A quote from my new novel; Rare Earth;

    Lord Rupert Dixon-Smith was euphemistically called a ‘Great White Hunter’, and like so many landed gentry of the Victorian era he was in fact a cold-blooded killer, devoid of any particular skills in hunting or humanity. The fact is that he and his kind just loved killing things and like all cowards were not prepared to admit it.

    This still happens today with foolish people who believe that hunting with a gun takes skill. How could an animal with no means of defence possibly avoid being shot by someone with any form of gun, let alone a laser-sighted, night-vision, high-power rifle? People involved in such activities are simply cowards, either ashamed or too ignorant to admit they just like killing animals.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Colin your novel sounds like a must read.

  6. Lucia Minnie June 6, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Bradley well said. Your letter resonates on many levels. Trophy hunting is economically useless unless you are pocketing the money as an outfitter. It’s been proven many times that eco tourism is a more viable and sustainable model. I salute you and as we say in SA, give that man a Bells!

    • Wildlife Margrit June 6, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks Lucia for commenting

  7. Uwe June 6, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Thanks Bradley Bergh for this article here is a good update https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-trophy-hunting-now/wwf-supports-trophy-hunting-all-over-the-world-/476348555747874 Too bad trophy hunters in Africa are not ecologically motivated, do not have ethical practices, and could care less about conservation.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 6, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks Uwe for that follow up. No matter how the trophy hunters would like us to see their work as conservation, bottom line, they are still about putting a dead head on their wall. Sure, they do bring in revenue, sure wildlife numbers do go up as farmers ‘stock’ animals for killing. However, real conservation is about preserving and protecting no just because it is the right thing to do. So where would the funds come from? We are willing to pay for what we find of value or important without having to put something in our pocket (or wall in this case.)

  8. Christine June 6, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I’m so sick of people giving excuses of why it alright to kill animals. And I’m devastatingly heart sick that these so-called animal organizations out there basically lie to everyone that they need our money to save animals, when in-car they’re lies. Perfect example PETA. When they in fact kill the majority of all the animals they get and support shelters to keep on killing.

    Now to hear that WWF supports sport hunting. One of the things I hate most. Angry is too mild of a word for how I feel.
    Geez… are there any organizations out there who truly are trying to save animals?

  9. dawn June 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks Bradley for your vision unashamed and straight from the heart and from research -my fear is for my kids never to be able to see these majestic creatures of God alive if this Generation does not stand up from its dullness and sleep- to get up and do something for something or someone else instead of always being self-focussed and egocentric. Please help in protecting out 100 desert elephants and my WWF shirt is now in the bin

  10. DeeDee June 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    It just saddens me that people are so heartless and gutless that to feed their ego they have to go take the most innocent lives on this planet.

  11. Christopher LoGiudice June 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Heartbreaking. Totally Heartbreaking. What the hell is wrong with you people? My days of making donations to you are over. If a man and his family are starving to death and he must hunt and kill..well…THAT is the only justifiable killing there is. To kill these magnificent animals for any other reason..regardless of the justification..regardless of what the people who kill say…it is all the actions of COWARDS.The imaginary integrity of the WWF has been been infected with GREED. More mail for the recycle bin.

  12. Terri Josephs June 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I am Shocked, disappointed & find this Surreal. Hard for me to believe after many years of supporting them.. This is a heinous act and I will no longer support them financially, emotionally or anyway whatsoever unless proven differently.. They should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME!! How do they sleep at night! Where are we going wrong in this world? Why have we become greedy, money hungry inhuman creatures at the expense of Innocent beautiful animals that have it hard at the best of times. SO DESPERATELY SAD!!
    T. Josephs..

  13. Andrea Meggiorin June 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I totally agree!

  14. Line Ringgaard June 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    WWF should REALLY BE ASHAMED.
    I would say: It’s having double standards.

    STOP supporting trophy hunting!

  15. Caroline Bray June 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Thank you for writing this. There is no excuse for trophy hunting and WWF should be protesting loudly against this abhorrent practice. Tourists paying to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat and funding their ongoing protection makes sense. Breeding animals to shoot is not conservation, it’s business. Good luck with your work.

  16. jacqueline June 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I contacted wwf after 20 years of supporting them ,they have been phoning me for the past 10 years asking me to up my contribution to wwf ,,funny how now I have stopped my support this month after emailing them directly and via facebook ,because of their links to seaworld and the hunting industry ,nothing ,not a phonecall not an explanation nothing ,I am completely disappointed and disheartened by their lack of response ,I will put my money towards a cause that stands for what it believes in

  17. Lee Thomas June 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Oh my..im shocked and quite disgusted finding out that my many years of financial support to wwf has been a sham..i will not be supporting them anymore.animals are not being looked after for future generations.cared for.kept safe from poachers.conserved etc..it is with a heavy heart i withdraw my support .but i can not carry on knowing i have been lied to. ..miss lee thomas. U.k.

  18. Jenni Oliver June 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    My husband discovered that WWF supported hunting last year – since then we refuse to continue donating to them. We have also been spreading the word with our friends about this fact. Wonderful letter by Bradley. We will be visiting the game reserves in both South Africa and Tanzania this year but find it incomprehensible that hunting is allowed in parallel to photo tourism. The more we learn about the hunting in Africa the more appalling we find it. Cute little pandas as a logo do not make up for WWF’s rotten support of hunting 🙁

    Jenni (Australia)

  19. nikki June 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Thank you for this letter , I had no idea why supported such barbaric behavior I’m so glad I stopped supporting them, hopefully enough people will read this letter and any other informative letters like it and take a stand against human greed and need to hunt animals for so called sport or consevation

  20. Robin OfThe West June 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    WWF has become the Greenpeace of endangered species protection – witnessing it’s destruction and doing nothing to stop it. In the words of someone you might recognize … “You don’t walk down the street and see a woman being raped and do nothing. You don’t watch a kitten being kicked to death and do nothing. And you don’t ask murders to stop.” – Captain Paul Watson

  21. Ian Smith June 7, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    We hear phrases such as, “We hunt because we love these animals” from trophy hunters on a regular basis. probably so often that some of them actually believe this nonsense.
    I presume they love their families, friends, maybe even some possessions, but do they go around shooting them and mounting them on the wall as well?
    If you love something you could use the money you pay for trophy hunting to help with real conservation work, AND you can take pictures and hang them on the wall, with the added satisfaction of knowing you have contributed in a small way to preserving our wildlife!
    So please, don’t ever tell me you are killing for conservation!

    • Wildlife Margrit June 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      Agreed Ian, simply donate the money to conservation

  22. Mike Mills June 7, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    Well written and pertinent … Very revealing about WWF – who have dropped dramatically in my estimation. I hope that their replies will be shared publically – I can not see any justification for continued hunting of any species, let alone iconic, endangered ones when there is so much ‘adrenalin rush’ to be had from hunting with a camera …

    Unless there is a massive change in the outlook of WWF, I suggest that we start withholding donations …

  23. Stephen Garland June 7, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    WWF is a waste of time!

  24. Maree June 7, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    There has been rumblings about WWF’s support of trophy hunting for quite some time now. They sent a letter in support of the Dallas Safari Club’s auctioning of a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia if I remember correctly. It has been rumoured that WWF are owned by pro-hunting fraternity, so no surprise of their supporting it. Their cliched arguments about the hunts aiding conservation is absolute rubbish.It has been alleged that EWT and WESSA are also pro-hunting. But let’s not forget that its not only poachers, our own corrupt officials and largely, Asian and Americans we have to contend with but also a lackadaisical Gov. Who don’t give a toss. I long ago stopped following and supporting WWF yet they still continue to have huge support. Mind-boggling

  25. AnneMarie June 7, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Very well said, I could not have explained it any better!
    WWF will never again see 1 cent of my sponsoring!
    Trophy hunting = sport hunting = poaching = killing for greed and pleasure

    Shame on you WWF for not daring to come up against these horrible practices!

  26. JD Roberts June 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    I am appalled that this is your stance! I used to support you-But NO MORE!

    • JD Roberts June 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Too WWF: I will share your appalling stance on these barbaric and USELESS practices with everyone everywhere. You will lose several former contributors in the next 30 minutes or less! It vaguely reminds me of PeTA’s Double Talk…Talking out ‘both sides of your neck’ is not only misleading, it is DISGUSTING!

  27. Tizzie June 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Thank you for the letter and more reasons to stop supporting WWF. Also the yearly salary of the CEO of WWF is more than the US president. His money is coming from the trophy hunting industry in the name of conservation. We should be making these charities more accountable and transparent. For every animal they save hundreds of others are killed.
    I am not sure of a solution that is 100% but maybe with enough resources and support we can assist the local villagers to became the carers and protectors of their beautiful land. Corruptions and poverty are the 2 biggest reasons why this is happening.
    Poachers are doing it to feed their families and being paid very little by some wealthy industry. Poverty and corruption is man made.
    With sustainable resources and education they could become the protectors. All World governments should be assisting to stopping this.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 12, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      As you bring up the salary matter Tizzie I’ll mention that we here at Nikela are all volunteers. Nobody gets paid. All donations go to help people saving wildlife… the little guys.

  28. Andrew Hill June 12, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    I’m so sick and tired of the double standards we have in society. People go all out to protect the rights of criminals.

    Yet a group supposedly started to protect the precious animal life on this planet, sit back and turn a blind eye, while tourists go and blast the defenceless creature’s who we are fortunate enough to share the planet with.

    I did support the wwf but I no longer feel I can support an organization that takes the money and does relatively little. If I was happy with that idea I’d throw my money in with the church at least they guarantee a happy after life for the souls that are murdered by the rich and privileged.

    We are supposed to be a evolved species, so when do we start acting like it?

    The guy who wrote this letter is a great guy for standing up for what he believes, and actually taking a stand…

  29. Kerry Traeger June 12, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    I too, was a long time donor of the WWF but, stopped giving when I found out about their views on Trophy Hunting. I donated quite a lot of money to polar bear conservation and, rhino conservation then read a statement by trophy hunter, Corey Knowlton, who said he had backing for the hunt from the WWF. Why should I hand over my hard earned cash to save the rhinos, when the WWF are excusing others for killing them for fun and a trophy? They are playing both teams, taking from animal lovers who have no clue of the true views of the WWF, all the while backing Trophy hunting.. I assume that they receive financial gain from the SCI in exchange for their endorsement of trophy hunting. It’s sickening. Many Trophy hunters sprout that even animal conservation orgs support them. Well, I no longer consider the WWF a true animal conservation org, not when they sell the lives of some animals whilst claiming to save others..
    My money now goes to small NGOs that don’t return huge profits and don’t sell their souls for money.

  30. Kerry Traeger June 12, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Oh just to add… I run a page protesting trophy hunting. We have 8,000 followers and rising. The truth about the WWF is shared there. The public deserves to know exactly what their money supports..

    • Wildlife Margrit June 12, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks Kerry, feel free to post a link to your page here.

  31. Dirk Hesse June 12, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    The King was Spain was honorary Chairman and killed an elephant in Botswana a few years ago … so what a sick organisation with animal blood on their hands

  32. A Jacob June 12, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    It is all so terrible and depressing, what hope does wild-life have if the very organization that is supposed to protect it is supporting their murder? maybe during global marches on behalf of animals (like the one which was held for lions and the next one on ele and rhinos on Oct 4th – there should be posters about WWF’s role in supporting ‘colonial’ leftover which should actually be called ‘murder’ instead of hunting. What is the difference between a poacher and a trophy hunter, where one is so poor that he kills for a living and the other pays to kill and the operators make their money? How do they justify this to a poor african that he can’t kill his wildlife but the rich fat trophy hunter from another country can – to satisfy his/her thirst for murder and to hang the head of an animal on the wall?

    • Wildlife Margrit June 12, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks for commenting… particularly grabbed by your thinking here…how can an organization justify telling the poor African to stop killing wildlife when that very same org is offering animals up to rich trophy hunters.

  33. Tess June 12, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I’m devastated to hear about WWF. I too have supported them for years, but no more! There is no reason to do this as a sport, none! Thank you for outing them, I will be spreading the word!

  34. Donna June 12, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    How can an organisation claim to help animals when they support the meaningless termination of them? I now perceive the WWF as an organisation with contradictory objectives. Stop supporting Trophy Hunting!!! It is everything you should be standing against!

  35. frances Aucoin June 12, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I regret any money I ever sent to them.

  36. Sandy S. June 12, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I want to know FACTS before I judge, did I miss something in this letter? Exactly where does the following quote, attributed to the WWF, originate from? I want proof, please, a link to it’s origin will do. “WWF would not openly be supporting the sustainable use of wildlife for the hunting industry as a method for conservation if it did not work.” Thank you.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 12, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Sandy will forward your request to Bradley.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Sandy, Bradley informed me (and sent us) the quote you refer to. It is from an email exchange between WESSA and Chris Mercer and the reference given is this WWF webpage discussing how trophy hunting brings in money to local communities and that it is encouraged.
      I trust you’ll come to your own conclusions http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/cameroon/news/?14073/hunting-for-conservation

  37. Stephanie Perom June 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    We’ll that ends my financial donation/contributions to WWF. Very very sad to hear this.

  38. Sharon E June 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I gave up any support of WWF when they had the Duke of Edinburgh as their patron. He was a hunter and would shoot anything. We now have Prince William speaking out about Rhino and Elephant poaching but he enjoys hunting too. Nowhere in the English Dictionary does it state that conservation includes killing. The word conservation means” protecting from harm”, well dead seems pretty harmful to me. The WWF are a sham as are a number of so called conservation societies, anything that includes killing is NOT conservation. We are a narcissist society that has become so far removed from ourselves as a species that we will wipe ourselves out as well as the animal kingdom. Well done Bradley for such an eloquent letter, don’t hold your breath waiting for the WWF to reply, what can they say? They aren’t going to admit they are lying, thieving cretins are they?

    • Ogossy Gasaya July 1, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      You cannot keep animals at your home place without utilizing them. What matters is how to utilize. Sustainable utilization of wildlife ensures the future survival of the species because the action is done under close supervision to ensure the # taken yearly will not affect the population.
      To wildlife professionals, sustainable use of wildlife is one of the method of conservation.
      Actually the hunting quota in a given hunting block is consider the estimated number of species in that area.
      May be we can argue on how kin are the specific sectors during supervising the hunting activity rather than complaining about hunting to be a threat to wildlife protection. There some countries especially in Africa where there is a high population of some animal species that need to be controlled by hunting them which also helps in reducing animal – human conflict.
      Please contributors lets keep supporting hunting tourism as a source of revenue to doer countries and practical control of the animal population.

      • Wildlife Margrit July 1, 2014 at 10:20 am #

        Thanks for commenting Ogossy. Unfortunately your first sentence is where we already diverge! In the old days animals were used as transportation, for clothing, food and to plow the fields. In some places they still are. However, somewhere along the way it broke over to killing for sport… or maybe its a continuation of the gladiator era? Whatever it is, killing for pleasure is uncivilized and unnecessary while protecting and preserving all living beings and their habitat purely because it is the right thing to do is what’s needed now. Sure, there is no money in that. But neither is there in having children, keeping family pets, accumulating processions and paying big bucks for entertainment. We do many things as so called civilized humans just because we want to, not because it makes us money. So we need to change this mindset that living creatures have to ‘Pay to Stay’.

  39. Katie Geilenkirchen June 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    If this is true, I’m outraged. I am a regular WWF supporter and donor, but this information has be rethinking that. I’m really saddened by this 🙁

  40. steve weinhouse June 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    It is my sincere hope that the WWF will get out in front of this debacle immediately and channel the publicity it has attracted toward saner thinking. Until then, my donations will go to Greenpeace.

  41. Meryl Brown June 13, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Excellent letter. I have never donated to wwf as I was always suspicious of them and their motives. I will certainly not start now. Hunting and conservation are polar opposites.

  42. Lucien Kaczmarek June 13, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    With supporters like Kunt of Spain, ( Who murdered a beautiful elephant with its boyfriend ) and the lizard kunt of Edinburgh, who, like the rest of its sick ilk just love to see blood and suffering as your co founders .. ?????? What sort of sick SCUM are you ? The WWF Make $ from their organization …THATS ALL YOUR OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED IN …. These royal Trophy hunting vermin and scourge of the planet along with their blood sport lust associates AND the audiences, cameramen … need to be dug out of their vaults or wherever these demon vampires sleep…. and executed ….. If the world is EVER have World Peace ….. THIS SCUM NEED TO GO ☥

  43. Betty Murphy June 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    I stopped supporting WWF years ago when I discovered how much of the “pie” went to ADMINISTRATION!!!!! I understand now that a NON PROFIT is a much better place to put my charity money. Now I have even more reasons to NEVER support them on ANY level!!!!!! Lots of great posts here and I am so glad so many care enough to take the time to share their concerns and ideas! So glad NIKELA is here!

    • Wildlife Margrit June 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Betty… and for your kinds words about Nikela.

  44. caMORON's enemy (@crusader4animal) June 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Any charity that has one of the blood thirsty royals who all hunt and shoot as it’s patron sends alarm bells ringing. I will never donate to your charity again as you are meant to save and help animals not kill them for the stupidest of reasons. I am furious with and at you.

  45. Richard Lendrum June 28, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    When managing wildlife – emotion has to be removed. You cannot have names for the creatures, you cannot assume they have the same emotions or thougths as us humans. What WWF is hopefully beginning to try and articulate is the importance of something that the World Conservation body IUCN has advocated and still does, and that is the sustainable use of wildlife. Three critical words – sustainable, use and wildlife. If people choose not to believe in the principles of the World Conservation union then they must go and remove themselves from any such debates because this organisation is based on science – not emotion.
    When managing wildlife decisions have to be made – hence the term management. When there is conflict between man and animals – animals will always loose, and non more so than in Africa when governements support the rural populations who come into conflice with wildlife.
    Where hunting is a component of the conservation program, and I stress a component, the success stories of that country’s widlife speak for themselves. There is no country in Africa where they have had no hunting in the past twenty years that can boost of a prosperous wildlife conservation track record. There are however number countries where hunting has existed and still does today where the wildlife records speak for themselves.
    Kenya is the best example. The home of the original safari. Where hunting was banned in 1977 and today has a fraction of its game that it had back then. That is the undeniable truth that no organisation can refute. Hunters may not be popular for their specific action of killing a red blooded animal at the hand of their rifle, bow or hand gun but they do it with their head held high. Comfortable with the fact that while their hobby may be abhorrent to many, it a) serves their personal passion b) unquestionably helps conserve the species and c) helps the economy and country where the hunt is taking place.
    Before ranting about the hypocracy and double standards of one organisation or another – stop to think how fraught our world is with double standards. From Religion to politics. Hunters at least stand up to defend their actions and for those willing to ste aside their emotional bias, will actually understand the past time, not necessaryily accept it but simply understand it and the role it plays.

    • Wildlife Margrit June 30, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Please see my comment to Joie.

  46. Joie Lamprecht June 29, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Banning hunting is the easiest way to eliminate wildlife

    Read this unemotionally and see the writing on the wall:

    jofielamprechtsafaris.com/banning-hunting-is-the-easiest-way-to-eliminate-wildlife/

    • Wildlife Margrit June 30, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      Joie thanks for commenting. As long as there is a price tag on wildlife… like we have on cars and such… it will be in trouble. Its only when we as humans see it as our stewardship and obligation to protect and preserving all living beings and their habitat just because it is the right thing to do will wildlife truly be safe.

  47. lakiery hybrydowe September 2, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    Very good write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site.
    Keep writing!

  48. Safi October 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I am absolutely shocked that the WWF is OK with canned hunting. It’s despicable and it should be banned. Canned hunting isn’t used to conserve wildlife. It’s done because fat greedy hunters make s### loads of money from cowardly killing poor defenseless animals with an overpowered rifle behind a barrier. A real hunter would just use their bare hands to try and kill an animal and not hide behind a protective barrier with an AK47. I am sick of this pointless bloodshed. Animals have rights too. Why should they suffer just to help an evil organisation to become filthy rich? If the WWF really cares about animal welfare, then they should oppose things like canned hunting and dog fighting and other forms of animal cruelty. I can’t believe I’ve been donating to the WWF just to finally realise they only care about making profit. I believe in animal rights and conserving their natural habitat, but I also oppose canned hunting, which is a reckless and extremely violent bloodshed of a sport. Hunters and poachers will face the wrath of Mother-nature for destroying her beautiful creations. She gave them life and they betrayed her by blighting her with a dagger and destroying her creations that never dreamed of killing other species for the sake of worthless money, but just so they could survive. I think anyone who loves wildlife would agree that the species known as homo sapiens are the most evil species on the planet.

  49. Chris Hudson October 17, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Margrit – I was surprised to see today that you declined to post my comment submitted 30 September. It was civil and topical. What is the point of your blog if not to educate through stimulation of thoughtful debate?

    • Wildlife Margrit October 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Hello Chris… did you comment recently? Sorry I’m in Africa and due to the volume on the blog I’ve heard we’ve had a few technical issues. Please comment again if you’re so inclined. Again, sorry for the inconvenience.

  50. Wildlife Margrit December 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    A response from Chris Hudson got lost.

    Margrit – You wrote, “protecting and preserving all living beings and their habitat purely because it is the right thing to do is what’s needed now.”

    Common to many self-proclaimed animal rightists – the implication is humans are not a part of the animal kingdom and if we could just leave wildlife alone and not kill any animals then Mother Nature would preserve a balanced ecosystem and all the species for eternity. That is absurd. Utopian ideals and fairy tales are best left to children. The world’s wildlife don’t need your sympathy or your judgment of other men’s civility, or lack of it. Writing that, “killing for sport is uncivilized ” shows to me your primary concern is for how you feel and for judging humans and not conserving species and wild places. When WWF writes sport hunting works you can bet the science is there to prove it – however distasteful that may be to you. It’s not about you and your feelings about what I do. America proved more than a hundred years ago that without science-based human management and a regulated consumptive system that incentivizes capital investment, every last animal will be killed and consumed. That means a legal framework supporting biologist-derived carrying capacities and sustainable use – which means killing and death. It’s part of life. That’s science in the real world. Western civilization humans are good at it. And some of the best work for and manage the World Wildlife Fund. You should support them.

    • Wildlife Margrit December 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

      Chris, although science has gotten us on the moon it has not ended wars, poverty or for that matter stopped the killing of either humans or animals for the purpose of exploitation.

  51. valerie bell April 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    I have donated to wwf for quite a while, recently I have read a lot on trophy hunting, which has only now been brought to my attention, through the internet and facebook. I’m disgusted with wwf and have today stopped my donation. I wish I had known about all this sooner and donated to a better cause who do save animals lives.

    • Wildlife Margrit April 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Valerie. You are not alone in your change of heart.

      • Norman June 1, 2015 at 8:25 am #

        Really some great debate and a wonderful website. You know its funny because I see all this outrage aimed at the hunting industry. I’m just curious to know two things. Knowing that there will always be a surplus of animals and without the income generated by hunting that is used to care for these animals. What would you do to keep the herds at a manageable number then if you removed hunting and culling? And where would you generate the billion dollars a year hunting brings into South Africa and creates thousands of jobs?

        Thanks for a great site

        • Wildlife Margrit June 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

          Thanks Norman for commenting. There is of course a huge controversy around trophy hunting as a tool to conserve wildlife. $ to do so being one. However, if hunters donated the huge amounts of money they spend to kill an animal that would begin to solve that problem. As far as managing wildlife… I’m no expert, however I’d refer you to someone who is and he wrote this http://www.nikela.org/wildlife-management-favors-hunters-ecosystems-collapse/

  52. V. Johnson August 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    I have been a monthly donor to WWF for many years and have always simply assumed the dollars would be spent for the support of the critically endangered. I do NOT believe that trophy hunting is in any way an acceptable manner in which to procure funding for further conservation efforts.

    I will be keeping a very close watch on the activities of WWF and will consider suspending my donations until they clean up their conduct.

  53. Alex August 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    What??? WWF agree thaïs kind of “sport”???
    Where is the sport? The animals have no chance! Ans this is only to say I kill this one myself! Not for eating, or reasonable reason!
    such a shame!
    Alex

  54. Barbara Strugala December 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    I just read in the Humane Society Magazine that WWF condones trophy hunting and has ties to Seaworld. I am shocked and upset. I have donated generously to them for years! I will never give them a penny again and I will try to tell others about their lies.

    • Wildlife Margrit December 25, 2015 at 2:15 am #

      Thanks for taking time to comment Barbara. Sadly, you are not alone… so thanks for telling others.

  55. jane eagle February 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    “The organization, founded in 1961 by a group of wealthy trophy hunters, apparently believes that conserving animals means keeping them around long enough for well-heeled “sportsmen” to blast them..”
    http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/abuse.html

    My own take on WWF and their support of “sustainable” trophy hunting is that lions, tigers and elephants are on the brink of extinction; NOT my idea of sustainable.

    If they want to be a hunting group, fine. What burns me up is that they con money from animal lovers under the guise of protecting wildlife

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