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Old 03-16-2016, 01:18 AM
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Not always true Countessmeout....many times (or most times as I understand it) the meat is either taken by the hunter or donated to the locals. Trophy hunters may not want the meat but it doesn't mean the meat is wasted.



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Old 03-16-2016, 01:21 AM
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Except he doesn't support it because heads above the mantle are cool. He supports it because it's a useful tool in conservation.

Saying he supports displaying heads above the mantel is to, IMO, misrepresent his position.
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:26 AM
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Not always true Countessmeout....many times (or most times as I understand it) the meat is either taken by the hunter or donated to the locals. Trophy hunters may not want the meat but it doesn't mean the meat is wasted.



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I didn't say they didn't. I come from a family of trophy hunters who also have freezers full of meat. But he is not advocating for 'hunting for food', he is fully supportive of 'trophy hunting'. That wording is extremely clear. When you support 'trophy hunting' you support the trophies that go along with it. Meaning he doesn't care if there is a dead head on the wall, as long as it isn't ivory/endangered. That is simply the point being made.

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Except he doesn't support it because heads above the mantle are cool. He supports it because it's a useful tool in conservation.

Saying he supports displaying heads above the mantel is to, IMO, misrepresent his position.
He is a well known hunter for sport. So no I don't see it as a misrepresentation of his position on sport hunting/having trophies.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:07 AM
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I didn't say they didn't. I come from a family of trophy hunters who also have freezers full of meat. But he is not advocating for 'hunting for food', he is fully supportive of 'trophy hunting'. That wording is extremely clear. When you support 'trophy hunting' you support the trophies that go along with it. Meaning he doesn't care if there is a dead head on the wall, as long as it isn't ivory/endangered. That is simply the point being made.
Since it's generally known the meat is also used I'm not sure you can say he is just advocating for head only and has no concern about the meat.

Myself I don't care if someone wants a legal head on the wall or not..that's up to them, it doesn't bother me if they do it. What I don't agree with is the wasting of meat that comes most commonly with poachers and illegally hunting endangered species.


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It's a complicated subject and not everyone agrees but the reality is trophy hunting exists in Africa and African governments make a distinction between illegal poaching and hunting

For example, Namibia allows five non-breeding rhinos to be hunted every year. Compare this to the hundreds that are illegally poached every year.

William clearly said he wouldn't do it but as he also said there are others in the conservation community who have the same opinions

Can trophy hunting actually help conservation? - Conservation

Why killing lions like Cecil may help conservation - CNN.com

Hunting as a conservation tool

Again William said he would never do it but it's a difficult subject and not everyone agrees but hunting exists in Africa and it's legal. It's not a black and white issue, there are many shades of grey
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Under the circumstances, it would have been quite understandable if he’d taken the easy, populist line, rode the wave of post-Cecil-the-Lion hysteria and pretended to be frightfully upset by the idea of any big game being shot for pleasure ever again in Africa.
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He didn’t take the coward’s way out, though. Instead William spoke the truth.

Trophy hunting brings millions of dollars a year into Africa’s wildlife conservation budget. Anyone who truly cares about wildlife should applaud it, not condemn it.
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In the past, his younger brother Prince Harry has got all the credit for being the brave one in the family for having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

But that’s physical courage. What Prince William has shown here is the equally important virtue of moral courage. This augurs well for his reign.
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Thanks for posting this Rudolph. It does put the entire issue into a very positive perspective.
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This website is headed by several neo-conservatives who hold the views on commercial hunting that one would expect.

Delingpole quits Telegraph ahead of UK launch of Breitbart.com | Coffee House

Yes, it is a complex issue but commercial hunting of endangered species is hardly likely to receive the approval and agreement of the majority of the British public. After all, the ban on fox hunting years ago (and foxes certainly aren't endangered and are regarded as vermin by many country dwellers) was overwhelmingly supported by the public.
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This website is headed by several neo-conservatives who hold the views on commercial hunting that one would expect.

Delingpole quits Telegraph ahead of UK launch of Breitbart.com | Coffee House

Yes, it is a complex issue but commercial hunting of endangered species is hardly likely to receive the approval and agreement of the majority of the British public. After all, the ban on fox hunting years ago (and foxes certainly aren't endangered and are regarded as vermin by many country dwellers) was overwhelmingly supported by the public.
The fox hunting ban was purely political though. Tony Blair didn't like the fact 'toffs' enjoyed spending their weekends on horseback and socialising with friends.

You can still hunt foxes with hounds in Scotland (he didn't dare try banning fox hunting there)

William's views are the exact same as his grandfather's. Prince Philip has both feet on the ground when it comes to this issue. It's up to the people and governments of Africa to decide the issue, not Britons

Philip, Charles, William and Harry all shoot and stalk and all of them work in conservation. The two aren't incompatible.
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Well done, Prince William. He is talking sense. As hard as it is to comprehend that killing animals can be integral to their survival, the fact remains: without trophy hunting, many of Africa’s iconic species would be worse off.

In South Africa and Namibia hunting has played a role in the significant expansion of wildlife outside Parks. Limited hunting has been credited with helping to encourage the increase in southern white rhino range and numbers.

When hunting started in 1968 there were only 1,800, but today there are over 19,230 white rhino in South Africa and Namibia which annually hunt small numbers of white and black rhino, and which currently conserve 94.4% of the species. A third of white rhinos in South Africa are now conserved on private and community land outside state parks. Numbers of black rhino have also increased by 52% in these two countries (up to 3,840) since the approval of small annual hunting quotas.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta and the Duke discussed cooperation and the close ties between Kenya and the UK. Special consideration was given to conservation – an issue that has been close to Prince William’s heart.

The President highlighted Kenya’s progress in combating poaching, disclosing that next month he will preside over the torching of 120 tonnes of ivory and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn.

“We are determined to conserve our wildlife for posterity and welcome all the support we can get in this endeavour,” President Kenyatta said.
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Britain's Prince William pledged support Thursday for Kenya's efforts to stem poaching in the east African nation, as he visited President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory.

Next month, Kenya is set to torch the vast majority of its ivory and rhino horn stockpile — 120 tonnes of ivory, eight times the size of any ivory stockpile destroyed so far, as well as 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:28 PM
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Nice short meeting for William to "pledge" his support but it just looks like an afterthought. William attending the wedding is issue number one and then this meeting was arranged.

“If there is anything I can do to raise the profile in your efforts to conserve wildlife I will do it,” the Duke said."

Hope there is more cooperation between the two countries
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:35 PM
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I only know what is in the press release. The meeting with the President of Kenya was at the request Her Majesty's Government. It was in the presence of the UK High Commissioner to Kenya

The two discussed conservation, security and defence
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He doing a bunch of stuff right now for Tusk Trust right now. It's no difference than the trip to NY which had Royal Foundation stuff, United for Wildlife, a visit with the President, promoting the British is Great Campaign instead of the Met Gala for St Andrews it's a wedding instead.

The royals don't do stuff on the spur of the moment just like Harry didn't just decide to stay an extra week in Nepal once he got there.


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Prince William will spend time at the Lewa Conservancy to learn how rangers protect rhinos from poachers.

William, who arrived in the country yesterday, is expected to have a first-hand experience of some of the long-standing conservation and anti-poaching initiatives which are supported by Tusk Trust. He is the patron of the conservation charity.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is also the President of United for Wildlife, an alliance of seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations, will also witness vets fitting radio tracking collars on elephants for research and conservation purposes at Lewa.
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He doing a bunch of stuff right now for Tusk Trust right now. It's no difference than the trip to NY which had Royal Foundation stuff, United for Wildlife, a visit with the President, promoting the British is Great Campaign instead of the Met Gala for St Andrews it's a wedding instead.

The royals don't do stuff on the spur of the moment just like Harry didn't just decide to stay an extra week in Nepal once he got there.


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So true - a good use of time - to combine a social event with more official duties and William has done this before as you pointed out.

Harry's extended time in Nepal would also have been arranged and agreed to weeks, if not months, in advance if for no other reason than they would need to do a complete security review and they happen around six weeks in advance and take into account everything that the royal will be doing while in that place - whether in the UK or overseas. This was planned from the very beginning but only announced at the end - largely, I suspect, for security reasons. Don't want to give the bad guys too much time to get organised do we?
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Nice short meeting for William to "pledge" his support but it just looks like an afterthought. William attending the wedding is issue number one and then this meeting was arranged.

“If there is anything I can do to raise the profile in your efforts to conserve wildlife I will do it,” the Duke said."

Hope there is more cooperation between the two countries
i have a different take. Any senior Royal leaving the country has to advise in advance The Queen, Government and Security Serivces (and this applies also to the proposed destination). So at least 6 weeks ago, but probably longer, U.K. And Kenyan Government knew about this trip.

It is far more likely that UK government thought "let's make use of his trip" for their own purposes. He can't add this sort of meeting as some sort of cover. You may think he has that sort of clout but he doesn't.
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