Shane Mahoney: Is Hunting Relevant Today?





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Published on Jul 4, 2016

Shane Mahoney discusses the relevance of hunting in this day and age. The debate surrounding respect for the lives and deaths of all animals is incredibly important and hunting should and must be a part of this debate. Accusations that hunting is cruel and wasteful often stem from a lack of knowledge of the activity itself, its history of and ongoing contributions to wildlife conservation. However, the hunting world must also admit to its own failings.

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Shane Mahoney is widely recognized as a wildlife biologist, conservationist, and thought leader. A former employee of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, he served as Chief of Wildlife Research for the province from 1994-2003, when he accepted the position of Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science. In 2001, he founded and subsequently led the Institute for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, an organization that continues to fund graduate student research at universities throughout North America and Europe. Today, Shane is the founder and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., a private company and global wildlife initiative that has recently announced the launch of the Wild Harvest Initiative, a multi-year project that will measure and analyze the biomass of wild animal protein harvested each year by citizens of the U.S. and Canada, assessing both its nutritional and economic value, as well as the ecological and financial costs of replacing this food through standard agricultural and domestic livestock production. Shane also serves as:

 Vice-Chair of the United Nations’ International Council for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and Chair of SULi North America
 North American Expert to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)
 International Liaison for The Wildlife Society
 Board Member of Conservation Force International
 Featured Partner with Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
 Director of the High Lonesome Institute
 Conservation Director at Large for Dallas Safari Club
 Member of the Sustainable Use Committee for the Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies (AFWA)

Shane continues to be a tireless worker on behalf of wildlife and biodiversity, a vocal proponent of sustainable use as a conservation practice, and a strong believer in the benefits of communicating both conservation science and hunting to the general public. He has written more than 100 popular articles that have been featured in twenty-four print magazines, as well as digitally, and his work appears regularly in such well-read publications as Sports Afield. He has appeared as host or narrator for a variety of radio and television efforts, and has collaborated with such highly regarded entities as the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Geographic to produce award-winning films. His scientific research has appeared in more than 20 peer-reviewed, academic publications, and he has offered keynote speeches, led numerous workshops, participated in endowed lectures, and presented at a host of conferences around the globe.

In the fall of 2015, Shane completed work as Special Guest-Editor on his second Monograph for the International Journal of Environmental Studies (IJES); his first Monograph, Conservation and Hunting in North America, was published in 2013. Together, these Monographs represent a unique effort to portray the rich history of hunting in North America by delivering peer-reviewed, scientifically based, and historically supported evidence of hunting’s proven success as a conservation tool, thus representing a positive step forward for both the conservation and hunting communities. Also in 2015, Shane became quite engaged in the discussions sparked by the Cecil the Lion incident and, in response, produced and released a film vignette reviewing the issue and providing commentary about the realities of ecosystem and wildlife management, as well as the relationship between hunting and conservation. This short film, the first in a series that will be expanded upon in 2016, was designed to engender further meaningful dialogue amongst the hunting community and the general public. Shane is currently in the process of co-editing a multi-author volume that will become the first textbook to examine the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, another notable achievement that will be realized in 2016.


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