The largest of the lechwe species Kafue Lechwe live in the swampy habitat of the river.
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See More. Donnie J Neill. These new supply nations appear to be competing on the basis of price, novelty and the emergence Table 1. Traditional fish and game species, strong domestic markets. However, some destinations experiencing stagnation problems and human wildlife conflict and conservation issues. Growing old-world Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Substantial domestic market. Bulgaria Growing inbound due to competitive pricing non- Euro and uncrowded nature of experience. Coupled with cultural tourism products. Novelty factor of new species, together with attraction of inaccessibility.
Some conservation issues. Many of these post- socialist states are only now beginning to recognise the potential for CWT, and more liberal institutional arrangements, coupled with entrepreneurial spirit and increasing assurances of visitor safety and comfort have meant that many are now in a position to attract hunters and fishers in substantial numbers.
Participation trends There has been no reported increase in the numbers of hunters and fishers since the s. Indeed, participation has generally remained stable or slightly declined from the s to the current day USDOI et al. The most substantial research in this area is the U. Ten-year trends from the early s — indicate a drop in the number of fishers 4 per cent and hunters 7 per cent , however, expenditures have increased for both groups 14 per cent and 29 per cent respectively USDOI et al. Significantly, although the total number of hunters declined, the number of big game hunters remained constant.
Big game hunters make up the largest component of outbound and domestic CWT. Total fishing numbers in the United States comprise approximately one-quarter saltwater and three-quarters freshwater anglers. Over the year period indicated above, the latter group experienced a slightly higher decline in numbers compared to their saltwater counterparts USDOI et al.
Interestingly, the number of people engaged in non-consumptive wildlife watching fell by a greater amount 13 per cent over the same period, and in particular the number of people taking trips to watch wildlife down 29 per cent. If the United States can be seen as a barometer for global tourism trends, this then puts paid to the popular perception that nature-based tourism and ecotourism are the fastest growing tourism sectors.
Anecdotally there is some evidence that there is a shift in gendered participation, with more women participating in CWT. Some destinations, concerned about demographic and socially induced declining hunting participation are investigating recruitment and retention strategies. For example, fishing participation is being targeted by authorities in the United Kingdom who are endeavouring to enhance participation of women and minorities Leapman Canadian research McFarlane et al.
Research would suggest that declining hunter participation is a complex issue that cannot be simply assigned to demographics or lack of time. Miller and Vaske identify the role of commitment and investment into hunting, social networks and situational constraints e. Jagnow et al. These findings indicate the need for destinations that are serious about developing or maintaining CWT as a significant part of their product portfolio, to at least identify and address the situational constraints that exist.
Such constraints may include factors that to the uninitiated could appear unimportant but which can have a profound impact upon the ability of destination to capitalise upon CWT. While it is not suggested that these regulations be discarded — because they do serve valuable purposes — if destinations are aiming to increase CWT participation, they should look at streamlining and standardising requirements, in order to minimise barriers for the growth of CWT.
Of course the big news in global tourism is the rapidly increasing participation in tourism of the growing middle classes of developing nations, in particular China and India. And although there is not a strong history of popular participation in hunting and fishing although fishing is popular with the Chinese within these nations, it will be interesting to observe if the dramatic growth in outbound tourism from these sources has any impact upon CWT.
Wildlife is taken to include all non-domesticated animals both terrestrial and aquatic. It may also include animals that have escaped their domestic confines to become feral. In many destinations, exotic species constitute the basis of their hunting or fishing tourism industries e. On a European game estate, pheasants in a shoot are purpose bred and fed for the day of the shoot. It is thus accepted that CWT will often rely upon a degree of human intervention and that the actual consumption of the animal may take place in an environment that is somewhat modified from its natural state.
While it is obvious that zoos are excluded from our discussions in this book zoo visitors are generally not permitted to kill zoo animals for recreational purposes , the exclusion of such practices as bullfighting, cockfighting or even bear-baiting or dog fighting requires qualification: while these practices are definitely consumptive in the sense that the animals involved are either killed or harmed, the origins of these animals are generally domestic or they are held in a captive state. Consumptive and non-consumptive tourism This raises the question of what is consumptive or non-consumptive wildlife tourism?
As outlined above, consumptive activities are fairly clear — in that they involve the killing or capturing of animals. Freese defines CWT as a practice that involves animals being deliberately killed or removed or having any of their body parts utilised. In either scenario, the target species may suffer some stress or potential injury. Although wildlife viewing and photography is typically viewed as non-consumptive, there are scores of empirical studies documenting very real impacts upon a range of species for useful works on general wildlife tourism impacts and management issues see: Roe et al.
Briefly, such impacts include disruption of feeding, breeding, migration and social behaviour, introduction of pathogens, habituation and physical harm from vessel and vehicles. An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism 11 However, it remains the popular perception that hunting and fishing result in greater impacts upon wildlife e. Reynolds and Braithwaite even if the impacts are more intense and concentrated single animals within populations but on a smaller scale overall. While contemporary hunting tourism has arguably sustainable intentions, the impact of uncontrolled hunting and fishing tourism in the past has been acknowledged and responded to over time.
This was probably best demonstrated during the Victorian era of the gentleman hunter, when vast numbers of game were bagged, often with little thought given to the vulnerability of species. Nowadays, in most parts of the world, hunting and fishing are managed with a view to the long-term sustainability of fish and game populations. The hunter-tourist is often guided in their consumption of wildlife by a strict set of ethics. Most hunting organisations throughout the world have similar codes and a requirement that hunters attend compulsory education and training sessions to ensure not just hunter safety, but ethical hunting practices in the field.
Bauer and Herr describe the German concept of Waidgerechtigkeit, a combination of tradition, rules and guidelines with the ultimate aim of ensuring the game resource is managed in a sustainable way. Similar codes apply in other popular hunting destinations with long histories of hunting, such as Poland Szpetkowski , but also in new world destinations e. United States, Canada, New Zealand.
This has led some commentators to describe hunters as the ultimate ecotourists e. Haripriya Schoenfeld and Hendee in their classic Wildlife Management in Wilderness say wilderness hunting may be one of the most ecologically pure human experiences. In the context of the CAMPFIRE projects in Zimbabwe, hunters are considered a desirable segment not only because of this relative lack of negative ecological impact, but also because of the positive economic and social benefits they bring to local communities e.
For the same level of economic impact, 20 conventional ecotourists would be needed, resulting in 20 times the sewage output, water and imported food requirements, and transport needs Cheney In this situation, hunting tourism and tourists are at odds with other nature-based tourists ecotourists!? Thus we see how the dichotomy of consumptive non-ethical?
This issue is also visited by authors in this book see chapters by Mbaiwa and Akama. Figure 1. Artist: Mitchell, Leonard Cornwall — An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism 13 Further such complexities include catch-and-release fishing being described as ecotourism Holland et al. However, the extent to which this practice is consumptive or non-consumptive has been debated, as stress upon the target species results when they are removed consumed from their natural environment, albeit temporarily by anglers.
The grounds of this argument, that hunting and fishing are ecotourism, will always be contentious. This is due undoubtedly to a number of factors, not least, that death is unambiguous, and that we humans have a tendency to anthropomorphise game killed for consumption. CWT and destination competitiveness While almost all countries have something to offer in terms of actual or potential fish or game species, undoubtedly some are more competitive as CWT destinations than others.
To date no comprehensive research has been conducted into what makes some CWT destinations more competitive than others, although comprehensive destination competitiveness models such as those offered by Ritchie and Crouch or Dwyer and Kim offer clues as to why some CWT destinations may be more successful. Dwyer and Kim, for example, highlight the role of endowed resources, but also note the importance of created resources, supporting factors, destination management, situational conditions and demand factors. In the CWT context, preliminary work by Lovelock and Milham in New Zealand has indicated that competitiveness may not simplistically hinge upon the presence of sought-after game species, but may depend upon a raft of other factors.
While New Zealand has a range of valued game species, including Himalayan Thar, chamois, red deer, fallow deer and wapiti, it is more than the simple presence of these animals that makes the country a competitive CWT destination. Anecdotal evidence would suggest, however, that price competitiveness is a primary factor, and this is borne out by the increasing trend, for example, for Western European hunters to travel to Central and Eastern Europe, or even Central Asia for their hunting holidays.
Similarly, Norwegian hunters cross the border in droves to hunt moose in Sweden — a phenomenon linked to both game availability and price.
However, when a range of destinations are similarly competitive on price, or as in the case with New Zealand, when a destination is quite peripheral in terms of time and cost of accessing it, other factors increasingly play a role in the destination decision-making of potential consumptive wildlife tourists. Price, however, is not a constraint for a significant portion of the CWT market, many of whom are high tourism spenders.
For this group, long-haul hunting destination choice is not based upon price but upon the other factors noted above, the availability of trophy-quality animals likely being paramount. At the other end of the spectrum of consumptive wildlife tourists, are those that are more likely to be domestic tourists or at least intra- regional e. This is by far the largest part of the market, and overall would have the greatest economic impact.
Economic impact of CWT Economic impacts and the benefits to local tourism providers, communities and regional economies are increasingly being used by some hunting groups and fishers to legitimate their activities, in the face of interest group, or in some cases, wildlife management agency opposition. However, in what is becoming an increasingly antagonistic world for hunters and fishers, the actual net benefits of CWT have been questioned.
In this respect, CWT differs little from many other forms of tourism, suffering from the economic leakages associated with importing the goods and services needed to support the activity. Similarly, spending on food and other supplies is often sourced from home locations. In response to changes in production, with losses of primary production earning capacities, many peripheral areas have been turning to CWT as a potential source of income. The Pacific Northwest is a good example, where changes to environmental legislation, coupled with competing off-shore production, have led to a decline in the timber industry.
Although some communities have considered promoting CWT as an alternative regional economic generator, empirical evidence suggests that the returns for such areas from this form of tourism are less than anticipated, largely because of provisioning occurring in the generating region e. Meyer et al. However, local communities can benefit from CWT, but the extent to which destinations may capture income from CWT in part depends upon the relationship between the hunter, the target species and the destination. In the examples cited above, the consumptive tourist is often a domestic tourist, hunting a familiar species in a fairly familiar environment.
Thus there are many more opportunities for local tourism providers to capture CWT spending. This is supported in research e. Child noting the benefits of CWT to communities in Africa and elsewhere, and is also the subject of discussion in later chapters in this book. What is clear is that the economic impact of CWT is undoubtedly context-dependent and complex. Demand countries also have the potential to generate income from CWT through the sales of hunting and fishing-related equipment e.
CWT and conservation Despite the best efforts of the CWT industry to promote the industry as being environmentally friendly, unfortunately, unregulated hunting has had substantial impacts upon some threatened species e. And while not all trophy hunting or fishing is sustainable, if certain conditions are satisfied e. While the jury is still out on the exact extent to which hunting benefits conservation, its ability to generate funds that can go into conservation programmes is not disputed.
The payment of game fees — trophy fees and fishing licences — to public and private bodies has a demonstrated ability to contribute to conservation programmes. However, the extent to which local communities and conservation programmes benefit from CWT depends largely upon the model of revenue collection and disbursement systems adopted within the destination. From her comparative study of six sub-Saharan destinations, Baker a develops an optimal model for the collection and disbursement of hunting revenue.
Such a system hinges upon the establishment of a direct connection between each animal and its benefit to the community. Concession fees would be paid for wildlife programme administration and trophy fees would be paid directly to local communities rather than through a distant centralised revenue system. When considering the costs of protected area management in central Africa, Wilkie and Carpenter note that, typically, government and donor investments meet less than 30 per cent of such costs, with few additional sources of funding available. The linking together of hunting and conservation is a trend increasingly being seen in hunting and fishing organisations.
Prime examples are the Safari Club International Foundation, which runs a number of conservation programmes. The organisation, for example, has developed partnerships with wildlife management and hunting companies in Central Asia and Mongolia. While participation in an outdoor activity e. Such an approach might be considered a deliberate strategy to trigger an associational relationship between hunting and conservation that historically may not have existed or have been strong.
This association will be beneficial in terms of assuring continued availability of game species for hunting tourists in some cases bringing species back from the brink of extinction to the point of now having populations that can sustain a degree of hunting , but also, and most importantly, in enhancing public, government and non-governmental acceptance of the organisations and the CWT practices of their members.
This capped a successful campaign by the League Against Cruel Sports and other animal rights interests dating back to Hunting foxes with dogs was made illegal under the Hunting Act, but hounds can be used to follow a scent and to flush out a fox. The fox can then be killed by a bird of prey or shot — if only two dogs are involved. Amazingly, while this was predicted by advocates of the hunt to be the death knell of a long tradition and way of life, and along with it thousands of hunt-related jobs in supporting services and hospitality, the sky did not fall.
A remarkable ability to adapt has been demonstrated by those involved in the hunt, which has continued, albeit in a modified form. Petersen distinguishes between the Animal Rights where use of animals for any human benefit is wrong and Animal Welfare groups supports humane treatment and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering. However, some forms of CWT look increasingly indefensible, such as the seal-hunting and whaling tourism available in Norway.
In comparison, fishing-tourism receives relatively little attention from the animal rights movement. This may be because of the long-perpetuated urban myth that fish feel no pain, or because of the assumption that fish are a lower form of life not imbued with the ability to feel pain and emotion as do mammals such as Bambi and his friends. The fact that fishing is a ubiquitous industry may also serve to desensitise people to this order.
As Bauer and Herr note, there is generally little controversy surrounding fishing and therefore fishing tourism, which is treated with a social indifference that the hunting-tourism industry would welcome. While these battles are fought in the popular media and legislative assemblies throughout CWT destinations around the world, some anti-hunting groups are adopting a more pragmatic approach to ending CWT. The Raincoast Conservation Society, along with First Nations groups intend to develop a new wildlife photography industry to offset the loss of income from foreign hunters CBC News There is already evidence that hunters and non-hunters hold different social and environmental values, and that this can be a source of conflict Daigle et al.
With increased visitation to the back-country, some protected area management agencies are devoting more resources to researching such conflict — for example in New Zealand, there is potential for this conflict of values to impact upon visitor patterns, behaviour and satisfaction for both consumptive and non-consumptive groups Lovelock Current and future constraints Undoubtedly the anti-hunting movement is the biggest threat to the CWT sector. For hunting tourism to continue it will increasingly rely upon its proponents clearly defining the benefits of the activity — whether they be in terms of ecosystem integrity, preservation of threatened species, economic return to marginal communities or even simply safety on the roads.
It will also involve the CWT sector working alongside and developing collaborative relationships with the broader tourism industry, and notably, with non-consumptive wildlife interests — something that all too few hunting and fishing organisations have been successful at doing e. Lovelock and Milham However, there are other less apparent threats to the development of the CWT sector.
These fall within the broad parameters of global environmental change. The threats of global warming upon subsistence hunting of peri-Arctic communities, through changes to vegetation and pack ice patterns, have already been highlighted BESIS ; IPCC While this is currently only a small market within the CWT realm, there are already anecdotal reports of the effects of climate change in other ecozones — for example, upon the water regimes of wetlands, which will potentially impact the much larger sub-sectors, of waterfowl shooting, and is already in evidence Jackson Similarly predicted changes to savannah habitat in sub-Saharan Africa may have potentially devastating effects on game populations, distribution and associated incomes Von Maltitz and Mbizvo The fishing-tourism industry will face these threats, along with its particular demons — which include competition with the commercial fishing industry, pollution of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, and increasing competition with agricultural and industrial users for freshwater resources.
Biosecurity breaches also have the potential to impact upon game species and their habitats, through the introduction of pests, parasites and predators. A good example of this is the recent accidental introduction to New Zealand of the aquatic algae Didymo. The potential of game-borne diseases such as Avian infuenza bird-flu upon game bird populations and associated tourism has yet to be fully analysed.
A further threat to the development of CWT is simply the maintenance of sustainable populations of suitable e. While this is partly the role of wildlife management, animal husbandry and genetic manipulation, habitat protection is a critical aspect, and along with this, protection from poaching — which threatens both consumptive and non-consumptive forms of wildlife tourism alike.
Ironically, the CWT sector is a threat to itself, not only through uncontrolled over-hunting or fishing, but through the increasing efficiencies of the industry itself. This is particularly evident in the development of cheater practices in both fishing and hunting. It referred to hunts being undertaken in such conditions that game animals would have an unrestricted capacity to evade the hunter, thus granting no hunter an advantage over another in terms of potential to bag a trophy.
Currently the fair chase code includes proscriptions against shooting animals from airplanes, boats, land vehicles, against herding animals towards shooters, and the use of cheater technology. Fair chase also proscribes the hunting of fenced-in animals. There are reportedly over 1, such establishments in the United States, and in Texas, which has the highest concentration, the average size is only 75 acres.
Ironically, canned hunting may be a practice that will ultimately make a significant contribution to the sustainability of CWT through captive breeding programmes of game species and its role in reducing the pressure of natural populations and habitats. The viability of this practice, at least in the United States, has been opened to debate, however, with the introduction of a bill the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act aiming to place a minimum size on game ranches 1, acres and to limit the transportation of animals for the purpose of hunting SCI An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism 21 In an extreme version of canned hunting, coupled with cheater technology, a Texas entrepreneur recently promoted the concept of hunting by remote control.
The business involves a Remington. While the ethics of this operation have been questioned, it does offer those with mobility problems an opportunity to participate in a form of CWT. But from a tourist-industry point of view, a move towards virtual CWT may be less desirable than the real thing because of the uncertainty of any social, cultural or economic benefits accruing in this operation — at least to the extent that they may in a real CWT scenario. It is noteworthy that the sporting community came out strongly against this business and has advocated for laws banning this activity.
One problem facing destination managers, for example national or regional tourism organisations who wish to market CWT, is how to do this in a sensitive manner that will not alienate large and lucrative segments of their tourist market. Strong voices from this interest sector have argued that state agencies should not advocate hunting e.
Entire nations, however, have established their tourism industries upon CWT. Few National Tourism Organisations today, even those with substantial CWT markets, employ images of hunting and fishing within their websites and promotional literature. Yet despite this censor, the hunting and fishing fraternity appears to be fairly well networked, promotion being undertaken effectively by a less threatened private sector, and with word-of- mouth seemingly the most effective means of promotion Lovelock and Milham These issues and the range of potential threats would point to risk of destinations developing a strong dependence upon the niche tourism CWT market.
Such a warning may not necessarily apply to destinations that depend upon non- consumptive forms of wildlife tourism — although biological risks may be similar for both markets. Populations of fish and game vary, and the prosperity of their associated sectors will likewise rise and fall — as aptly demonstrated by the huge drop in income from quail hunting associated with quail population decline in south-eastern United States in the early s Burger et al.
Recently, with the decline of lion populations in Botswana, the heavily hunting-safari dependent industry there has taken steps to try and attract non-hunters Hale Ultimately the future of CWT will depend in part upon the sector being developed as a complement to, and also being complemented by, other tourism products e. Mexico is one example of a destination investigating the feasibility of CWT — not because it will bring in droves of visitors, but because alongside its other tourism offerings, it fits nicely, especially in terms of seasonality issues and rural development potential.
Furthermore, it will complement nature-based tourism in general through acting as a catalyst to protect and improve habitats REDES Destinations may also need to resort to non-consumptive practices temporally or spatially when consumptive practices are deemed unsustainable. Such a complementarity of consumptive and non-consumptive uses is seen by some as a critical aspect of competitiveness for wildlife tourism e. Tremblay An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism 23 This book This book is the first collection to specifically address hunting, shooting and sport fishing as touristic activities.
While there is a body of research that has considered these pursuits in terms of leisure or recreation, little consideration has been given to them in a tourism context. The intent of the book is to highlight some key issues facing CWT in the contemporary world. The book endeavours to present issues from a broad geographic perspective. As with most forms of tourism, the issues arising are very context-dependent, yet as we will see, a number of central issues and themes emerge from case-studies sourced from North America, Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, India, Arabia and Oceania.
Perhaps an equally important goal is for the book to raise awareness of the significance of this sector — not only for researchers, but also for destination managers interested in pursuing the CWT pathway for destination development. The book is divided into four Parts. In this chapter, Franklin raises and discusses a number of issues surrounding consumptive wildlife practices especially sensual and embodied practices , humanity issues what our proper connections are with wildlife and environmental issues how best to produce a sustainable connection with wildlife.
Preston-Whyte in the following chapter also addresses the culture—nature divide. He employs an actor-network approach in which agency is attributed to both human and non-human actors, to consider the struggle for dominance between tourist-fisher and fish. Actor-network theory provides a useful framework for considering the very forces that compel and motivate the consumption of this form of wildlife tourism. The chapter focuses on how these early tourists influenced the host communities economically, socially and culturally, and how this early practice can be seen as a precursor to modern tourism in the region.
In an African context, Akama provides an historical evaluation of controversies concerning wildlife. Kenya is selected for consideration, an interesting case-study in view of its anti-hunting policy. The chapter from Figgins provides an interesting cross-national comparative study of the historical role of touristic and recreational deer hunting. Figgins adopts a social constructionist approach, and utilises the neo-Marxist concept — the subsumption of nature — to consider how the hunting of red deer has helped to shape the respective social and physical landscapes in Scotland and New Zealand.
He also observes how the increased commercialisation and economic value placed on recreational hunting through tourism has led to some tensions within the hunting community. Hannam completes this Part with a chapter on the historic role of tiger hunting in India. Hannam focuses on the importance of tiger hunting in India for the reproduction and maintenance of the British colonial State.
Hunting tigers became emblematic of the exercise of colonial state power and reinforced both the claim to rule and the aura of British invincibility. The chapter also discusses how the different methods of tiger hunting fed into socially constructed ideals of masculinity, health and Englishness. The chapter discusses the concept of conservation hunting, noting how in this case it can be considered a form of ecotourism because of its relatively light environmental footprint, minimal infrastructure needs, high selectivity of harvest and high degree of exchange between hunters and local community members.
The chapter also identifies how economic, social and biological impacts differ greatly between non-consumptive polar bear watching and bear hunting parties. That consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife tourists are indeed different, is the topic of the next chapter from Dawson and Lovelock, who consider marine tourists in New Zealand. Their study reveals that non-consumptive sea kayaking and consumptive sea fishing tourists are two distinct user groups in terms of their socio-demographic characteristics and environmental values, supporting previous environmental values research in terrestrial settings.
The nature of consumptive wildlife tourism in Africa, and the challenges it provokes, are addressed in the next chapter, by Mbaiwa. The chapter focuses on Eastern and Southern African countries where the economic benefits of safari hunting tourism are discussed. Mbaiwa also addresses the connection between CWT in these destinations and the promotion of a sustainable harvesting policies. Finally, attention is drawn to ongoing problems in these destinations, such as the decline of wildlife species, poaching and conflict regarding the trade of game products.
Barnesand Novelli also address CWT in Africa, discussing the two main forms of consumptive wildlife tourism in Namibia, trophy hunting and recreational shore angling. The economic value, impacts, contribution to development and social and environmental characteristics of these two activities are compared. Trophy hunting is more economically efficient than coastal angling, and is also more socially and environmentally acceptable.
The following chapter by Mattsson and colleagues posits that it is necessary to manage wildlife and fish resources efficiently, so that hunting and fishing can maintain or improve their functions from a welfare economics perspective. The authors discuss what role welfare economics can play in solving the problems associated with natural resource management including fish and game. The chapter considers future research requirements relevant to hunting and fishing, noting the potential for research-supported management of CWT resources for increased welfare.
The social and cultural impacts of CWT in small, rural communities are considered in the chapter by Gunnarsdotter, who examines moose hunting in the Swedish countryside. The chapter identifies how both the local moose hunting teams and hunting tourists contribute in different ways to viable rural communities. The local hunting teams help to maintain the sense of community and place that has developed over time. Hunting tourism supports the local economy by providing alternative income streams. Gunnarsdotter also discusses the tensions that sometimes appear between these different groups.
The chapter reviews the practice of falconry with a focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There, the significant amounts of money spent on falconry and associated expeditions, has changed the scale and spread of the practice, increasing its impacts domestically and internationally on both falcons and their quarry species.
The chapter describes efforts to put in place species conservation measures. This chapter explores the role of the bear hunt in tourism and wildlife management in the province, and the development of the bear hunt conflict. While some communities have adopted CWT as an avenue of economic development, others have faced obstacles in doing so. Cohen and Sanyal present a study of three small towns in rural Northern Idaho, faced with the closure of local timber mills, each town is considering a future based to some extent upon CWT. However, as their study reveals, transitioning from a timber extraction economy to a CWT economy takes more than just a vision.
The chapter addresses obstacles and opportunities for developing CWT in communities that are diverse, have strong Native American interests in wildlife and are protective of their own hunting and fishing opportunities. The chapter draws attention to the benefits of the commercial fishing and tourist fishing industries working together in the development of CWT. Commercial fishermen can take their share of the income generated by demand for CWT, while their experience and knowledge will help improve the product sought by tourists.
Still on the topic of fishing, but this time in a freshwater setting, Walrond draws upon research conducted upon backcountry trout angler-tourists in New Zealand, identifying that this segment of tourists have particularly high demands in terms of product quality. Comparing results with earlier research in New Zealand and North America it is clear that this group is among the least tolerant of encounters with other users.
The reasons for this are detailed, and implications discussed in relation to destinations maintaining high levels of CWT visitor satisfaction while facing increasing numbers of angler-tourists. The section concludes with a chapter by Craig-Smith and Dryden, who consider the development of a tourism industry based around the hunting of exotic animals in Australia. The authors express the opinion that hunting tourism has the potential to develop into a small but profitable niche market for Australian tourism.
The role of tourists in providing help in exotic animal population control whilst contributing to economic development in regional Australia is discussed. The final chapter brings together some of the themes and issues identified throughout the book, and draws some conclusions regarding the future of CWT from the perspective of destination managers, developers and other stakeholders with an interest in this sector.
Recommendations for areas of future research related to hunting, shooting and fishing tourism are presented. Baker, J. Baldus, R. Bauer, J. Higginbottom ed. Burger, L. Cheney, C. Child, G. Daigle, J. Delpy-Neirotti, L. Hudson ed. Ditton, R. Dizard, J. Duffus, D. Dwyer, L. Freese, C. Groome, K. Hale, B. Haripriya, G. Higginbottom, K. Hofer, D. Holland, S. Guaderrama, M. Jackson, D. Jackson, E. Jagnow, C. Kellert, S. Leapman, B. Lewis, D. Lovelock, B.
Muller and B. Hall, and S. Mabon, A. McFarlane, B. McKercher, B. Meyer, N. Miller, C. An introduction to consumptive wildlife tourism 29 Ministry of Tourism International Visitor Survey data set. Moreno, S. Nelson, M. Newsome, D. Novelli, M. Novelli ed. Petersen, D. Planet Ark Norway tourist seal hunt could be a hit — Minister. Radder, L. Randazzo, R. Reynolds, P. Ritchie, J. Roe, D. Rutberg, A. Schoenfeld, C. Speckman, S.
Stebbins R. Szpetkowski, K. Tremblay, P. US Sportsmen. Van der Walt, J. Von Maltitz, G. Wilkie, D. While either side attempts to make their position unassailably clear and compelling it is almost always complex, muddied and confusing when specific issues are considered. We are in a better position to make decisions when we know where views, values and new demands come from and, in the same way, we can assess better those whose practices we condemn when we know their motives, their impacts and the consequences of their actions.source
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I will begin with a brief look at the sociological content of the Animal Question. It becomes apparent that our views on the proper treatment of animals in the past two hundred years has been highly fluid, inconsistent and highly charged. Ironically, as Tester demonstrated, the changing views on the proper treatment of animals reflect the changing nature of humanism. I will argue later that the humanist spin in most variations of the Animal Question hold further implications that we should perhaps consider more.
Precisely because the entire issue is about how we behave and how we should behave, the subjectivity and agency of the animal always in question is entirely lost or subsumed. The animal in these debates is frequently treated like a minor, someone whose interests remain the proper business of fully responsible human adults. Such a view is unfortunate because the hunting and fishing relation contains two parties, hunter and hunted. Both have agency: the actions of one may only be comprehensible through the actions of the other. Together and certainly never apart they constitute the hunting relation and this has a bearing on all aspects of the Animal Question.
The humanism of hunting and fishing is important to understand in its own right, precisely because it has been so influential and has responded so transparently to changing social and cultural circumstances in the twentieth century and beyond. Instead, politics is now driven by fear rather than values, and by avoiding human intervention in the world rather than making politics the way in which such intervention is organised. The implications of this as far as it concerns hunting and fishing will be addressed in the final section on environmental issues.
I will then consider the practice of hunting and angling to see if they confirm the worst fears of the humanists. Crucially, what discourses of behaviour and propriety guide the practice of hunting and angling? I will consider the neo- Darwinian discourse that lies at the heart of the anti-hunting lobby and the less known Waltonian discourse that more accurately describes the actual motives of the hunters and anglers themselves. The Animal Question Tester reminds us that the politics of animals derived from two related sources in the nineteenth century.
This essentially humanist idea holds that we must demonstrate our difference from animals by our ability to act ethically, to control our violent urges and to extend the range and compass of civility. This early nineteenth-century social movement was very successful, precisely, Tester argues, because it was actively political and discursive. However, their successful campaigns channelled action into new organisations to enforce and enact new legislations designed to prevent animal cruelty and part of the political compromise was not extending this legislation against popular field sports.
The second, focused on vegetarianism, explicitly asked questions about the proper physical as well as moral relation between humanity and animals. They found hunting abhorrent but had few means to extend this to a popular political front. Thus it merely simmered in their publications and writings. It was anti-modernist preaching, mainly to the converted. In other words these nature practices had a reassuring air of continuity in an age concerned by change.
While at this time many anti-enlightenment intellectuals felt strongly opposed to the march of modern progress and change, asserting the casualties of traditional social norms and ways of life, the fact was it was clear to most people that the modernity project was essentially well meaning and practical.
Indeed, its emphasis on human progress, democratisation, social justice and scientific advances against disease and famine could only be welcomed. Something new had to change before animals and hunting could be thought of in a different, negative way for a popular majority. For that to happen, the fear of modern change had to be reinforced by a new fear: that modernity had lost its essential goodness. In the first decades of the nineteenth century, English authors and artists of the day and others who shape opinion and sensibility , could hardly produce enough in praise of foxhunting.
It was the national sport, before football and other sporting codes emerged in their modern form.
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But by the first decades of the twentieth century the literary world was seriously divided over hunting. What effect did these works have? It is almost certain that they took the edge off the pleasurability of hunting and fishing. First, they shifted from being the prize among the bountiful resources of nature, gifted by God himself, to a limited, cherishable and endangered heritage — in need of help. Animal conservation movements had been prompted not so much by hunting itself but by disturbing modern incursions into wilderness and other natural areas.
Second, while not emphasising their sentient being, they did change the emphasis from the Darwinian image of animals as bloody in tooth and claw to one of animals as beautiful, healthy and essentially balanced, or in very simple terms good Cartmill This essential goodness could then be used to suggest, albeit vaguely, the misanthropic trope of human badness and the path back to righteousness.
But again, while the First World War shocked many with its callous indifference to the loss of so much life, that an entire generation of manhood could be so easily squandered, it was notoriously difficult to find an easy target to blame and even its cause remained a question of some debate. This seductive message was followed up by delivery in full through a variety of social democratic political formations. The post-War years exceeded expectations, giving rise not only to a baby boom, but a long economic boom, unprecedented advances in life expectancy and well-being, the arrival of mass further education, and the emergence of a new political interest: consumerism.
There were environmental concerns and there was a considerable interest in the impact of economic development in the lives of animals. However, as I argued in Animals and Modern Cultures these were seen largely as unfortunate side effects of a greater good, or at least a competing good: the progress of humanity that had known considerable suffering. It was the solid moral impetus underpinning the post-war economic and social development that pushed other considerations, including the moral standing of animals caught up in it, into relative obscurity.
The noble intentions and record achievements could not be sustained and from the s onwards the social democratic welfare state apparatus of the modernity project began to unravel. The state as the moral guardian and legitimate manager of modern ordering lost ground to the demands for privatised provisioning and organisation. The state could no longer afford, or be trusted to deliver efficiently, new standards set by consumerist society. The old spectre of misanthropy reappeared alongside claims for a risk society and as it did so the balance between humanism and environmentalism shifted profoundly, and is most noticeable in the new sensibilities extended to animals: The depiction of human activity as itself a threat to the world tends to endow this species with an overwhelmingly negative status.
Instead of positive transformation and progress, civilisation is portrayed as a history of environmental vandalism … [T]he denigration of humanity that is associated with the downsizing of subjectivity enjoys a powerful resonance in contemporary culture. This development is evident in the elevation of the natural world and of animals on to a par with — if not into a relation of superiority to — human beings.
The social sciences joined the natural sciences in determining how such a socio-technical dream could come true. What all the variations of this dream had in common was a regulated humanity where individual freedoms were restricted in favour of collective goals. Critically, the pace and direction of economic and social development now had no fixed moral rudder and no moral defence: it was deliberately disordered. I have argued before that new sensibilities towards animals that emerged at this time can be usefully related to changing perceptions of humanity.
Of course there had been concerns for animals throughout the twentieth century but the issue is why were they muted before the s and so forceful and loud afterwards? The answer is that they were mute all the time modernity was seen as virtuous and individual ambition curbed in favour of the greater good. If animals suffered as a result of this at least they were not suffering for any reason, even if it was regrettable.
However, it becomes a different thing again to consider the oppression of animals in the light of the generalised selfish individualism of humanity. When individualism became deregulated and pursued unbounded ambitions for consumption and advancement, the former compromise with nature fell apart. The more this happened the more a misanthropic gloom descended and the more animals and nature generally seemed, by comparison with humanity, good, regulated and sane.
Animals now demand not only action to be saved from a disordered humanity but they also offer the metaphor of ecological order as a means for its recovery. In addition to a generalised sense of misanthropy, we derive the ethic of sustainability from ecology. Because all this takes place in a heightened sense of risk and danger, we derive the precautionary principle.
Taken altogether misanthropy, sustainability and the precautionary principle provide the antidote to liquid modernity and underwrite a vociferous pro-animal politics. Nature generally and wildlife in particular are now a major political issues. Their elevation is all the more important because it coincided with what is perceived to be a collapse of politics.
In the next section I will move from the animal question in general to modern relations with wildlife specifically. Our relations with wildlife are largely structured by emerging competing patterns of leisure. Although non-consumptive forms of wildlife leisure would seem most likely to succeed under these general conditions, I would argue that it is by no means clear cut. While non-violent and protective of animal environments, non-consumptive forms derive from relations that create distance rather than proximity, separation rather than interaction and spectacle rather than sensual, embodied relations.
It is moot as to whether non-consumptive forms will always produce a sustainable politics of care that is more robust than one based on consumption. While tourism is still a dominant mode of interacting with our world, within it one can discern a frustration with purely visual forms of engagement and growing interest in closer, more embodied interaction. Wildlife practices If the Animal Question was about what it is to be properly human, in other words a discourse on how humans should properly comport themselves with each other, it was not exclusively so. However, there was substantial disagreement on what these nature practices should be and particularly on the most appropriate sensual media with which to engage the natural world.
The irony of Romanticism is that it coincided with an increasingly urbanised modern world. Urban society was not of course divorced from the natural world though this has been exaggerated — see Franklin but its associations were not predicated on everyday life. Those Romantics who recommended nature to modern urban society did so mainly as tourists, regular visitors or figures of leisure in the natural landscape. Either way, the overwhelming medium for the consumption of nature was visual Macnaghten and Urry As a practice gaining ever more appeal to urbanites, the visual consumption of nature introduced a distance or perspective between humanity and nature that was historically novel.
Of all the senses the visual is therefore the most disembodied, particularly when teamed closely with the romantic sensibility which emphasises imagination. As with its parent practice, science, the objects under scrutiny by tourists were meant to be minimally influenced as a result of their observation.
What was meant to be preserved by nature tourism was entirely aesthetic: it was the visual beauty of the view or sighting. And for whom was it supposed to be preserved if not those with honed romantic sensibilities, those able to appreciate it properly. Much wildlife conservation can thus be linked to the fact that it constituted a source of visual leisure for an exclusive touristic class and their wish to preserve it against development Franklin a.
Early wildlife campaigns were specific to known walked tracts of country rather than campaigns to preserve wildlife generally. It is obviously also the case that native wildlife had been caught up in nation formation processes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and had thus achieved totemic status in most nation-states around the world.
In new colonial nations wildlife served both as a way of consolidating social solidarity in new nations and as a signifier of separation from the colonising powers see Franklin a. Conserving native animals was at the same time an act of national solidarity and nation building. It is here that the hunting of native species could be seen in an unfavourable light whereas the hunting of introduced species that competed with native species could be lauded, encouraged and approved see Franklin for the case of Australia where this process occurred.
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Such scenarios demonstrate the highly contingent nature of animal politics and the fragility of essential ethical positions. Cartmill characterised this strictly hands-off wildlife culture somewhat vaguely as tender-hearted Romanticism and compared it with another romantic variant inspired by the neo-Darwinian view of what it was to be properly human. Hunting and fishing not only drew on evolutionary themes, it too visited the potent source of legitimacy through nationalism: hunting and fishing and a good knowledge of woodland craft were essential for a country prepared to defend its territory.
Hunting and fishing were also cast as heritage practices inherited from the much admired pioneering founders of a nation. Indeed, it was their creation of a nation out of a wilderness that rendered wilderness such a potent cultic object: a sacred cathedral of nation that demanded pilgrimage and ritual enactments. It is possible to identify the influential writings of Isaak Walton as an alternative to the killer ape hypothesis.
If properly addressed through the sensual pleasures of angling and the angling landscape, nature for Walton provided a necessary counter balance to the one-dimensionality of the capitalist social order. Nature was an appropriate altar for Christian worship, and angling was a fitting opportunity to reintegrate the humbled body into the purifying materiality and rhythms of creation. In The Compleat Angler — originally , the restful, still and quiet body required for angling are made to contrast favourably with the noise and strife of the commercial city; the direct, beneficial body contact with the undisputed materiality of nature is made to contrast with the abstractions and deceits of business and progress.
Walton preached the therapeutic virtues of acquiring natural history and an appreciation of the aesthetics of wild flora and fauna; the benefits of quiet contemplation and meditation that the intensely engaging patience of angling provides; and the healthiness of an outdoor pursuit requiring an early rise, a healthy jaunt through the countryside and plenty of fresh air. In Walton it is the physicalities of angling that are emphasised. The benefits of contagion with soil, banks, flowers, dew. The rewards of handling natural materials in the construction of rods, baits, lines and tackle. The healthiness of fresh air, fresh fish, pure water and outdoor companionship.
Angling and hunting books have extolled these embodied virtues ever since and, we must conclude, they have held their attraction with most discernible groups of city dwellers from businessmen and professionals through factory and office workers, commuters and the new service class.
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