After covering Lacy Harber’s controversial hunt of a critically endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about trophy hunting.
I think the CNN documentary “Trophy,” which airs at 8 p.m. tonight, will do a far better job of examining the options we have and the pitfalls that exist in addressing this practice and the declining number of these endangered species.
I haven’t seen the film, but in a CNN interview with directors, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz they indicate there could be room for both camps.
“In certain places, tourism works great,” Schwarz said. “In 0ther places, hunting can work.”
Clusiau said one of the most challenging, but illuminating moments for her in creating the film was watching the hunt of an elephant.
“It was something that pulls at your heart strings” Clusiau said. “It really shocks you and you’re very torn up about it.”
But after watching local villagers harvest meat from the animal’s body, Clusiau said she realized her perspective on the hunt was just that — only her perspective.
“I realized that my relationship to these creatures is something that is entirely different from their relationship to it,” she said.
The debate around trophy hunting probably won’t be settled anytime soon, if ever, but as more and more of these animals edge closer to extinction, the time for us to work toward a solution is now.
Happy birthday Sunday to Sherry Whitaker, Dan Niblet, Raymond Cunningham, Olyne Kauffman, Tracey Ross, and Audrey Wallace, all of Sherman; Aimee Cole of Denison; Alfred Bowman of Collinsville; and Jeanette Robinson of Southmayd.
Happy birthday Monday to Debra Brown, Luann Yoast, Shari Campbell, Sarah Prevatt, Shirley Davidson, David Haratyk, Janes Calhoun, and Maxxx Dixon New, all of Sherman.
Happy anniversary Monday to Benny and Louise Elk of Denison, 69 years.