To Explore Diverse Perceptions Regarding Trophy Hunting: A Case Study of South Africa
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This dissertation has set out to investigate diverse perceptions regarding trophy hunting within South Africa. The author has achieved this aim by conducting interviews with industry workers from within South Africa and conducting focus groups with individuals who have not yet entered the tourism industry and are still in college education. This allowed the author to analyse the participants opinions and perspectives on the topic and later provide an in-depth comparison between the interview and the focus groups collected data. This dissertation contains a critical literature review that has been undertaken to provide a rational for the study, and a justification for its place amongst current academic research surrounding the chosen topic. Within this dissertation, is a detailed breakdown of the research methods used to conduct and complete the project, also an in-depth results section which has been analysed and discussed from the collected data. Further, the main findings of the dissertation have also been discussed, which highlights that negative and positive opinions towards trophy hunting aren’t the only two sides people take when discussing the activity. Factors like education, conservation and laws and regulations are large issues that affect people’s opinions on trophy hunting. Finally, those of whom work within South Africa have a better understanding of its eco-system and present better knowledge of how trophy hunting can ethically have a place within tourism in South Africa. However, those yet to enter the tourism industry provide opinions and perspectives not specific to South Africa, but determined by their own individual feelings and knowledge about the activity. Overall, revealing that diverse perspectives surrounding trophy hunting don’t fit within for or against but in fact provide a much more complicated understanding of trophy hunting within South Africa.
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