Hunting organizations contribute about 3% of their revenue to communities living in “hunting areas”. Expenditure does not accrue to local communities, but to national governments, firms, and foreign-based outfitters due to corruption and other spending requirements.
“CAMPFIRE CEO Phindile Ncube told CBS News that his rural district made more than $158,000 in hunting fees during the past year. He claimed that the money goes to infrastructure and food programs for local communities. When CBS interviewed local villagers, they said they haven’t received a cent from the council.” (National Geographic)
The hunters have hunted excessively and with no regard to the future of the species. Hunting has been carried out in absolute excess with little regard to the species’ endangerment or survival. Between 2005 and 2014, more than 1.26 million wildlife trophies were imported to the U.S.
Emmaual Fundira heads the Safari operations in Zimbabwe. He vocalizes the wealthy Americans like Walter Palmer make up the bulk of Zimbabwe’s trophy hunters. The high priced hunting fees are assumed to be allocated for conservation and local community projects. Fundira told CBS News it rarely does, blaming corrupt government officials.
Trophy hunters are motivated by the competitions sponsored by trophy hunting organizations. The largest trophy hunting organization is Safari Club International which reportedly has over 50,000 members. “Inner Circle” awards recognize various hunting achievements, such as killing animals with a handgun, killing animals on each continent and getting the most entries into the SCI record book. To win the highest SCI award, known as “World Hunter of the Year,” a hunter must kill more than 300 animals across the globe.