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Recreational Hunting, Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: Science and Practice

We aim to get behind the rhetoric and suspicion and objectively examine whether recreational hunting genuinely contributes to wildlife conservation and rural livelihoods; if it does, we hope to identify factors that enhance that contribution.

Image: Eugène Reiter.
For most conservationists hunting is at best to be viewed with suspicion, since over-exploitation is one of the causes of species’ decline. Recreational hunting is particularly controversial since it appears to be an unnecessary activity in an area of risk. Hunters, on the other hand, who number many millions and spend large sums of money on their sport assert a strong interest in conserving healthy populations of their quarry and its habitat. They see themselves as continuing traditions older than recorded history and are puzzled when wider society seeks to question the appropriateness of what they do from a conservation or ethical perspective. Those who see sustainable use of wildlife as an incentive for conservation and a benefit for people admit that in practice controlling activities such as trophy hunting of antelopes or bags of migrating birds can be difficult.
The aim of this symposium is to get behind the rhetoric and the suspicion and to examine objectively whether recreational hunting does genuinely contribute to wildlife conservation and rural livelihoods and if it does to identify factors that enhance that contribution. In the light of moves around the world to ban or restrict certain forms of hunting and fishing would the abolition of recreational hunting be a conservation gain or loss?
Images: Horst Niesters.




Date and Time:

12 October 2006 at 8:30 am


Full Day



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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£120 for both days; £70 per day. For ZSL Members, admission is £60 for both days; £35 per day.

Available from:

This is a two day symposium held on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased from Joy Miller, Scientific Meetings Coordinator joy.miller@zsl.org or call 0207 449 6227 for further details. Lunch is included in ticket; we are also hosting a dinner on the Thursday evening. Tickets are £40 per person extra and must be booked in advance

Additional Information:

If you would like to be added to our e-mailing list for future meetings, please contact joy.miller@zsl.org

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