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Wealthy hunters are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to shoot exotic animals, and supporters of trophy hunting say that this kind of luxury tourism helps preserve lands and animals that would otherwise be wrecked by illegal poaching. Some say Zimbabwe's National Parks are in dire need of help. They are "seriously constrained" by lack of cash to fund the patrols needed to limit poaching, Paul Smith, managing director of Chifuti Safaris, told the Telegraph.
Animal welfare groups, like the International Fund for Animal Welfare and In Defense of Animals (IDA), point out the problems with the idea that trophy hunting helps endangered animals and their environment rather than hurting them.
"Considering that African elephants are already endangered - by some estimates facing extinction in 50 years - it is ludicrous to argue that trophy hunting benefits elephants," IDA writes on their website.
Jeff Flocken, North American regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says that trophy hunting animals in order to save them just doesn't make any sense. "We can do better than this," he told The Dodo. "Many of these species are under threat because of the value of their parts in illegal trade. When a trophy hunter is willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to mount a head on the wall, the death is no less brutal or gruesome whether it's being done by a local person to sell the horn or ivory on the black market, or by a wealthy foreigner doing it for 'sport.' We're merely shifting the economic incentive from one lethal trade to another."