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Exotic Wildlife Association Responds to Virgin Airline’s Anti-Hunting Stance

AMMOLAND Shooting Sports News
Posted on August 18, 2015

Hunting Has History of Endangered Species Conservation

Ingram, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- Today the Exotic Wildlife Association, which represents conservation hunting ranches in the U.S., responded to a statement issued by Virgin Airlines owner Richard Branson praising airlines that refuse to transport trophies back from Africa for legal safari hunts.

EWA executive director Charly Seale made the following statement:

    “EWA condemns any unlawful or unethical hunting. However, regulated hunting has a track record of conserving and rehabilitating endangered species populations. Ranches in the United States have taken three species of critically endangered African antelope and brought them back from the brink of extinction, using hunting as a tool to provide resources for rehabilitation. Virgin and other airlines are merely caving in to radical animal-rights groups that are ideologically opposed to hunting who are more concerned with publicity and fundraising than anything else.”

Managed hunting provides an incentive to conserve, support and grow the populations of these rare and endangered species and is recognized as a conservation tool by the World Wildlife Fund.

    Responding to efforts to end hunting, the Namibian Environment and Tourism Minister stated, “This will be the end of conservation in Namibia … If conservancy members have no income, they will abandon their role in protecting the country’s natural resources.”

Namibia funds more than 80 wildlife conservancies, and recent figures indicate that hunting brings in about $33 million in annual revenue.

    The General Manager of the Zimbabwe Bubye Valley Conservancy notes, “If there is no value on wildlife, there is no need to protect it.”

http://www.ammoland.com/2015/08/exotic-wildlife-association-responds-to-virgin-airlines-anti-hunting-stance/#axzz3jBtEnhiP

Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
 
August 19, 2015
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