PERC’s Catherine Semcer sits down with John Batchelor of The John Batchelor Show to discuss her testimony before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on the “CECIL Act”. Though an uncomfortable reality, trophy hunting has a proven track record of helping conserve imperiled species throughout Africa. Trophy hunting incentivizes habitat conservation, making it an economically viable land use. Similarly, the proceeds from trophy hunting help fund anti-poaching efforts. By turning wildlife from liabilities into assets, local communities are empowered to help conserve these precious species.
Catherine E. Semcer is a research fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana and the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also serves as a member of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.