It is just that right now, if you know what is going on in Africa, there is a huge debate on consumptive versus non consumptive. The Photo safari business is as sickening to me as hunting is to vegans. They drive around tame animals that are used to people and vehicles and call it wild Africa. And yes we all like photos to be posted of live animals thanks.
On the rhino issue people on here say they could never shoot one??? Really? It is only because PEOPLE ARE HUNTING RHINOS THAT THERE ARE 20,000 of them in RSA. Do you think that there are 20,000 rhinos to take pics of? They can't sell the horn legally so hunting IS THE ONLY REVENUE TO SUSTAIN THE 20,000 RHINOS IN RSA! If you love rhinos and can afford it go shoot one. It is the only thing you can do that will really make a difference.
I am sorry but this thread really made me mad.
I think you may have misunderstood my original post. I am not against the hunting of any animal, as long as that it is taken legally, ethically and is the correct animal to take as part of a conservation scheme. I was merely offering an alternative option. I know of the photographic safaris you speak of, and believe me this was not one of them. We rarely saw another vehicle the entire day out viewing game.
I am very aware of the vast tracks of land and species within it that are only there because of hunting in Africa. I am also aware of other forms of conservation too, such as the Western Lowland Gorilla who are protected by the money of photographic tourists. My point it that different methods work for different species and areas. Although a very effective tool in conservation, I don't believe that hunting is the only one we should use.
I think it is great that hunting in RSA is helping to protect the species, however, not everyone can afford to hunt one. I was merely offering another way to experience seeing them up-close and personal and still have a great experience and contribute to their conservation in another way.