How American Hunters Abuse U.S. Foreign Aid - Page 2
The Symposium itself was a great success. It was attended by about 160 people and included the director of Kenya Wildlife Services, members of parliament, and other dignitaries. It was jam packed for both days by everyone who was anyone in wildlife conservation. It was mid- afternoon before I got up to speak and show my presentation. There were gasps of shock from the audience as the first videos showed a poor lioness being shot out of a tree with an arrow and a wounded lion charging a hail of bullets from a mob of hunters. When I followed this by explaining the colonial aspects of hunting there were spontaneous cheers from many delegates. The sponsors looked shocked.
The conference was not playing out as planned. The meeting became intense. As I explained how hunting propaganda deceives the unwary, with video footage for visuals, the symposium became noisy, with loud cheering for each point made. Then I got onto the Snap or Snipe statistics, published in Africa Geographic magazine and based on Ian Michler’s research, which show how poorly revenue from hunting benefits the country, when compared with that from eco- tourism. After my presentation, the expression on the faces of the USAID organisers said it all – they were visibly glum and looking shell-shocked.
Eventually, the Kenyan government decided against the hunters. But I am sure that Safari Club International, and it's ally in the American government (USAID), will do all in their power to expand and maintain their killing fields in Africa.