Trophy hunting in South Africa alone is huge for their economy. A quick google shows around $200 million spent annually.Same here. Husband more than I, and nothing exotic.
We do dart the Polar for research and for our protection when they are in town, but most "darting" is from a helicopter.
To each there own and if some here prefer Green to Trophy, so be it. But I just dont get it. You actually pay to dart an animal with a dose of vitamins and then a veterinarian darts them, so you can touch them ? Admittedly, I am an Indian and a woman, so I have two strikes against me, but I dont view this as "hunting", as in a "Green Hunt" However, as has been mentioned, this method of hunting ( Green ) has been floated up here by the "anti's".
Several here will be able to respond with far more knowledge than I, but if I understand correctly, in Africa the meat goes to villagers and the cost to Trophy hunt helps each country and both the animals and people in those countries.
A large portion of that money is used in conservation along with all the meat being donated to local villages. My grandpa talked about taking the meat there and giving it to the different villages and how happy they were to receive animals.
You don't see any of the locals hating trophy hunting. Just people over here in the US who have opinions about it. It would be detrimental to villages and their economy if trophy hunting in Africa was halted.