Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals...
Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents.
Public debate about trophy hunting often centres on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.
Taking selfies, quack medical cures and collecting ornaments are all more important than protecting animals. A mounted head or showing off your wealth is apparently more valuable than a species threatened with extinction.
American Airlines said on Tuesday it would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the transport of animals known in Africa as the “big five”, coined by hunters because they are the hardest to kill on foot. The airline made the statement today in response to a query from CBC News. Delta Air Strains
Follow the money as the airwaves are a buzz with the story of Cecil the Lion.
Google ‘Cecil the lion‘ and you’ll get over 18 million results!
With all the reactions online to this tragic event we decided to ask one of our volunteers to summarize what happened. Besides writing the following Sam’s emotional response is rather typical, “I feel so gutted about him”...
A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa.
The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote: “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.”
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Another pro hunting point of view... always seems like circular logic though. How can killing help when nature has found the best way to weed out the old and the sick. After all, hunters go after the biggest and the best. Some would like us to believe that Cecil for example was an old lion well past being of any value. Hmm? Not from the videos and photos I've seen or the observations from those who knew and studied him.
Despite intensifying calls to ban or restrict trophy hunting in Africa after the killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe, most conservation groups, wildlife management experts and African governments support the practice as a way to maintain wildlife.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Involuntary donating to conservation doesn't make a hunter a conservationist... well said Rob Larson.
The senseless and brutal killing of the Zimbabwean lion affectionately known as Cecil, by a US hunter two weeks ago, triggered understandable global outrage, far beyond the wildlife conservation community. The way this majestic animal was allegedlylured out of its protected habitat raises a lot of q...
In March 2011, Born Free USA and others petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. If approved, lion “trophies” could only be imported into America with a special permit that would be granted if the applicant could prove that killing that lion would enhance the survival of the species.
BRITISH AIRWAYS and Virgin Atlantic have joined American Airlines, Delta and United in pledging not to carry big-game trophies on flights, in the wake of the killing of the famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil.
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