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EDITORIALS

The Business of Conservation


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On 25 November 2014, Paul Tudor Jones II delivered the second Andrew Carnegie Lecture at the University of Glasgow. Here are extracts of his lecture and observations. During a time of overheating controversy about the “right” approaches to conservation, his remarks focus on solutions, which are as valid today as they were five years ago.READ MORE

ProTECT Act Does Not “Protect” Endangered Species


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The “Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Act of 2019” (H.R. 4804), also known as the ProTECT Act, and the “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” (H.R. 2245), or CECIL Act, are two recent legislative actions that are aimed at destroying the value of our science-based conservation funding model.READ MORE

Trophy Hunting and Conservation Science


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Despite the irrational hatred for hunters on social media pages and the rhetorical hyperbole, real conservation deserves a fair understanding of the facts, or as Oscar Wilde said “The truth is rarely pure and never simple”.READ MORE

Cartoon from Peter Flack’s blog (reproduced with permission)

South Africa regulates the ‘improvement of wild animals’—seriously?


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A critical view of the inclusion of iconic wildlife species into South Africa’s Animal Improvement Act. With this action, SA’s Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries demonstrates gross incompetence in matters of conservation. Negative consequences for wildlife and habitat will be inevitable.READ MORE

This Hunting Season, Thank a Private Landowner

This Hunting Season, Thank a Private Landowner


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Montana’s private landowners—ranchers and farmers—provide key habitat for a variety of big game species, including elk, mule deer and pronghorn. If we overlook the importance of private landowners in conserving wildlife, we risk jeopardizing what we love.READ MORE

Protectionist NGOs Obstruct Real Conservation–And the Dunning-Kruger Effect keeps them in power


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Through social media, protectionist NGOs are flourishing. Anti-hunting groups broadly refuse—or refute—scientific research and often ignore socio-economic factors while collecting millions in donations and saddling range states and rural communities with high conservation costs. It doesn’t have to be this way.READ MORE