Money talks. It’s the basis for corruption and the decimation of wildlife. BUT it’s also paramount to protecting our animals and their wilderness.
YOUR tourism dollars and YOUR choice on spending them can make a difference.
In 2015 PLOS Biology did a global study to try to calculate the value of ecotourism. They estimated that protected nature areas attract 8 billion visits per year. (That’s more than 1 visit per person on earth.)
Researchers then calculated how much 8 billion visits are worth and came up with $600 billion per year.
In Africa alone, it is estimated by 2030 some countries will see 134 million tourists. –United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Tourism stabilizes communities by providing jobs, protects the wildlife by making them the focus of these jobs, and of course provides an opportunity of a lifetime to the tourist.
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For all who see the beauty in lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes…there is a little wild magic in our hearts…we are brothers and sisters; our hearts will always beat to an African drum. -TW
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The killing of Cecil the Lion demonstrated the reality of “Big Five” trophy hunting, and struck a chord with the world’s conscious.
The fact is that trophy hunting is not only legal, but encouraged in countries as a means of making money. As the adage goes “Money Talks”.
With public criticism and disdain for the hunts, money is undoubtedly the bottom line with the recent decisions of seven major airlines, who declared they will no longer transport animal parts on their flights. No airline wants to be seen as complicit in the practice.
This is an example of how public opinion and pressure can fuel change. YOUR voice, YOUR choices do have an impact.
This is a major victory, and we commend the following airlines for taking a stand:
Photo: Lobby for Lions
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