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Old 02-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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"Even Pop in one of the greatest rackets of all, the safari swindle, had very strict ethics' the strictest. The customer must be taken for every possible cent but he must be given results. All Great White Hunters were touching about how they loved the game and hated to kill anything but usually what they were thinking about was preserving the game for the next client that would come along. They did not want to frighten it by unnecessary shooting and they wanted a country to be left so that they might take another client into it and it seem like unspoiled, never shot-over, primitive Africa that they could rush their clients through giving them the best results.

Pop had explained all this to me many years before and said...."You know no one's conscience would ever let them do this to anyone twice. If they like them I mean."

But it had turned out that rich people liked how much it cost and they came back again and again and it always cost more and was something that others could not do so it was increasingly attractive. Old rich people died and there were always new ones and the animals decreased as the stock market rose. It was a big revenue-producing industry for the Colony too and because of this the Game Department, which had control over those who practiced the industry, had, with its development, produced new ethics that handled, or nearly handled, everything."

-Ernest Hemingway, "True at First Light"

'Nuff said.
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Sounds like he wasn't real big on canned hunts.
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Nope. I have also noticed that people approach a guided hunt not as paying money for the opportunity to "hunt" but as payment for an animal of a certain size or measurement. They expect guaranteed success.

Hemingway always hunted lions and leopards by walking to them rather than shooting from the safety of land rovers as became the practice during the last part of his life. So canned hunts for dangerous game in Africa now involve not only guaranteed success, but guaranteed safety as well.
Not near the wonderful experience that was once the case in the past.

Can you imagine hunting leopard or lion with a bow from the ground?
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