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In South Africa, Ranchers Are Breeding Mutant Animals to Be Hunted

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  1. 1. Landon Lucansky Gustafson BUS 356
  2. 2.  $1 Billion industry in South Africa  Breeder engineered animals  “rare” large animals hunted for sport  South Africa is one of only two countries on the continent to allow ownership of wild animals  White lions (30,000), black impalas ($45,000), white kudus, golden wildebeests ($49,500)  Up to 100 times more expensive
  3. 3.  Hunting ranches have been credited with saving many endangered species  South Africa has seen the largest increase in animal numbers over the last 50 years  Tourism numbers have increased  Economy has been positively impacted
  4. 4.  Conversationalists and hunters argue that breeding has nothing to do with conservation but is all about profit  “Mutant” breeds do not contribute to repopulation  “Mutant” breeds more susceptible to health problems
  5. 5.  Do you believe the benefits of engineering rare, unnatural animals outweigh the negatives? Why or why not?  Do you consider this practice to be a form of conservation or is it strictly profit based?
  6. 6.  I believe that the benefits of these “hunting farms” outweighs the negatives  Instead of hunters decimating wild populations, breeders can control species that are hunted  Increases the tourism to South Africa which in turn provides a positive economic impact  Also least-desirable animals can be shot by local hunters for food.
  7. 7.  http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015- hunting-mutant-big-game-in-south-africa/

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