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The Canadian government allowed the Inuits to sell licences to hunt polar bears to international trophy hunters. When I shot this polar bear many years ago, the price of a polar bear was more than US$15,000. If an Inuit had shot the polar bear himself, he would have made around one-tenth of that amount for the bear’s skin.
For the same reasons, banning the hunting of Danish partridges or hares would be disastrous for their continued survival in the Danish countryside, just as the ban on hunting tigers in India in 1970 sounded the death knell for this species in the wild.
How much effort does the hunter make to conserve the green woodpecker, for example? None... because the green woodpecker has no relevance to us as hunters the same would be true for partridges if they gained full protection from shooting.
I do not pretend that nature conser-vation is one of the main motives for hunting primarily we hunt for hunting’s own sake. We are not benefactors who donate a large part of our income to nature conservation, at least not directly. But the net result is the same, regardless of our intentions or motives it is simply a necessary part of hunting, and the big winner is nature itself.
Hunting is and in my time always has been a subject of hot debate. This is especially true of interna-tional trophy hunting. Non-hunters harbour many misconceptions and prejudices against modern hunting. People find it difficult to understand the ethics of hunters who shoot endangered species.
But most of all, I experience a lack of understanding of our motives for hunting. It’s a shame, but I can live with the fact that non-hunters don’t find the same fascination and satisfaction in the interaction with nature that hunting gives me. It is far more tragic that this lack of understanding often leads to hateful outbursts and unnecessary
rather than against hunting, they would, despite their anti-hunting sentiments, choose the path that would benefit nature the most. Unfortunately, that is not how things work today, and man only looks after that which is of value to himself. We will have battles to fight in the future. •
restrictions on hunting. Decades of practical experience and factual documentation demonstrating that hunting is a valuable tool for nature conservation is unfortunately not enough to prevent attacks on hunting based on prejudice and ignorance.
If hunt protestors were more interested in fighting for wildlife