Why do you think most governments still allow trophy hunting, despite eco-tourism bringing in millions every year?
I think that despite the logic, and the clear economics, those countries are under the influence of lobby groups (usually foreigners and ex-colonialists), who are driving a selfish agenda, but some of these governments just don't know how to get out of the hunting game. Many cannot even see the opportunities because hunting has been around just so long. There are very strange alliances, some that you would never expect to see, between very right wing conservative factions, often western, VERY conservative people, and left wing new African regimes that one would think would be natural enemies, but they come together behind the hunting issue. And I think that, fundamentally, it is about a common sense that it is okay to 'take' and use, at all costs sometimes, from the planet and its resources. Having said that, many governments do get it, and want to balance their portfolios better, like Zimbabwe and Uganda (another non-hunting country), so we are investing in those countries. In countries where vested interests are so entrenched and a discussion of alternative ways to look at wildlife are impossible to even start, we stay away from now. If we are successful and can prove that eco-tourism works somewhere, in the future they will want to follow. I don't think we want to change every country away from hunting, but certainly it needs to progress from the old colonial era (a concept that is seen to be almost 'evil' in these African governments) and most certainly we have to change the style and attitude of the way we engage with wildlife and nature, as it declines. Surely? Why aren't they following suit like the Governments of Botswana, Kenya and Angola? Many are.