Hunting the Country is a half hour of outdoor entertainment that carries the powerful message of family fun, fellowship and natural resource stewardship. The combination has made the show the runaway outdoor hit of the year. With an emphasis on the traditions of the outdoors and a focus on the joy of sharing the outdoor experience, Hunting the Country delivers all of the excitement and emotion that make the sport a part of life worth passing on.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Hunting the Country - Elephant hunting in Kenya - Netflix
Elephant hunting, which used to be an accepted activity in Kenya, was banned in 1973, as was the ivory trade. Illegal hunting continues, as there is still international demand for elephant tusks. Kenya pioneered the destruction of ivory as a way to combat this black market. Elephant poaching continues to pose a threat to the population.
Hunting the Country - The worldwide ban on ivory trade - Netflix
In 1989, as a dramatic gesture to persuade the world to halt the ivory trade, President Daniel arap Moi ignited twelve tons of elephant tusks. In the 1990s the widespread ban on commercial ivory trading reduced the industry to a fraction of what it had been and elephant populations have stabilised. But illegal poaching and sale on the black market still poses a serious threat, as does government bribery. The largest poaching incident in Kenya since the ivory trade ban occurred in March 2002, when a family of ten elephants was killed. Illegal elephant deaths decreased between 1990, when the CITES ban was issued, and 1997, when only 34 were illegally killed. Ivory seizures rose dramatically since 2006 with many illegal exports going to Asia. Poaching spiked seven-fold between 2007 and 2010. Large scale tourism promotion picked up in Kenya following the imposed hunting ban in Kenya since 1977. It has been noted that “photographic tourism”, or non-consumptive wildlife use, is contributing 12% of Kenya’s GDP. Hence, some groups have recommended that tourism be promoted rather than any kind of hunting or consumptive wildlife use, as it could divert the attention of the government of Kenya from the policy goal of wildlife preservation.
Hunting the Country - References - Netflix