Catherine E. Semcer is a dedicated conservationist and experienced non-profit leader. As the COO of Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.), Semcer oversees the delivery of world-class training, advisory, assistance, and procurement services to anti-poaching programs working in some of Africa's most remote wildlands. Through her consultancy, Artemis Strategic Advisors, she provides clients with innovative influence and information solutions. She is also a member of the Sustainable Use Livelihoods Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and she led a research project that was included in the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed analysis of the role of hunting in North American wildlife conservation.
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Sighting elephants is one of the more memorable moments of any African safari, especially if you are privileged enough to be hunting them, and they are there largely because of the work of hunters in conserving them.
Animal rights activists have turned the killing of a male lion outside of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park into an effective piece of propaganda in their crusade to end all hunting. This kind of information warfare is intended to create a political environment where substantive anti-hunting policy goals can be achieved.