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Tourism and the Consumption of Wildlife: Hunting, Shooting and Sport Fishing

Series: Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

By: Brent Lovelock(Editor)

290 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, tables


Paperback | May 2014 | #214801 | ISBN-13: 9780415759519
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Hardback | Jan 2008 | #168084 | ISBN-13: 9780415403818
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Consumptive forms of wildlife tourism (hunting, shooting and fishing) have become a topic of interest – both to the tourism industry, in terms of destinations seeking to establish or grow this sector, and to other stakeholders such as environmental organisations, animal-rights groups, and the general public. Hunting tourism, in particular, has come under fire with accusations that it is contributing to the demise of some species. Practices such as "canned hunting" (within fenced safari parks) or the use of hounds are described as unethical, and fishing tourism too has attracted recent negative publicity as it is said to be cruel. At the same time, however, many peripheral and indigenous communities around the world are strategising how to capitalise on consumptive forms of wildlife tourism.

Tourism and the Consumption of Wildlife addresses a range of contentious issues facing the consumptive wildlife tourism sector across a number of destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, India, Arabia and Oceania. Practices such as baited bear hunting, trophy hunting of threatened species, and hunting for conservation are debated, along with the impact of this type of tourism on indigenous communities and on wider societies. Research on all aspects of "consumptive wildlife tourism" is included, which for the purposes of Tourism and the Consumption of Wildlife is defined to include all tourism that involves the intended killing of wildlife for sport purposes, and may include the harvest of wildlife products. This includes, among others, recreational hunting, big-game hunting and safari operations, traditional/indigenous hunting, game-bird shooting, hunting with hounds, freshwater angling and saltwater game fishing etc.

"Offering examples from all over the globe, the contributors look at the historical, cultural, and sociological importance, to the world's marginalized cultures, of extracting wildlife [...] Recommended."
– J.P. Tiefenbacher, Choice

"The book is one of the best collection of empirical and theoretical works in tourism in recent years [...] The editor and authors should be commended for their pragmatic approach to CWT that highlights both positive and negative impacts. The courage to address the impacts of wildlife tourism is commendable and should be emulated by other researchers that continue to perpetuate the myth of "non-consumptive" activities. This book is highly recommended."
– Raynald Harvey Lemelin: School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism; Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada


1. An Introduction to Consumptive Wildlife Tourism
2. The 'Animal Question' and the 'Consumption' of Wildlife
3. The Lure of Fly-Fishing
4. The Scandinavian Sporting Tour 1830-1914
5. Controversies Surrounding the Ban of Wildlife Hunting in Kenya: A Historical Perspective
6. Game Estates and Guided Hunts: Two Perspectives on the Hunting of Red Deer
7. Shooting Tigers as Leisure in Colonial India
8. Conservation Hunting Concepts, Canada’s Inuit and Polar Bear Hunting
9. Environmental Values of Consumptive and Non-Consumptive Marine Tourists
10. The Success and Sustainability of Consumptive Wildlife Tourism in Africa
11. Trophy Hunting and Recreational Angling in Namibia: An Economic, Social and Environmental Comparison
12. Welfare Foundations for Efficient Management of Wildlife and Fish Resources for Recreational Use in Sweden
13. What Happens in a Swedish Rural Community When the Local Moose Hunt Meets Hunting Tourism?
14. Arab Falconry: Changes, Challenges and Conservation Opportunities of an Ancient Art
15. Communicating for Wildlife Management or Hunting Tourism: The Case of the Manitoba Spring Bear Hunt
16. Catch and Release Tourism: Community, Culture and Consumptive Wildlife Tourism Strategies in Rural Idaho
17. Marine Fishing Tourism in Lofoten, Northern Norway: The Management of the Fish Resources
18. Footprints in the Sand: Encounter Norms for Backcountry River Trout Anglers in New Zealand
19. Australia as a Safari Hunting Destination for Exotic Animals
20. Conclusion: Consumptive Wildlife Tourism – Sustainable Niche or Endangered Species?

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Dr Brent Lovelock is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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