It is currently being debated whether killing wildlife endangered species blamable and deserving of moral condemnation or, to a certain minimum degree, acceptable.
The debate has acquired emotional perspective on both sides.
A controversial topic has stirred up international attention, whereas a man had been sought in connection with the killing of Cecil the lion, according to Zimbabwean officials on Tuesday (July 28th).
Cecil the lion was known for its awe-inspiring beauty and was considered a Zimbabwean ‘national treasure.’
The man involved in the lion’s death is Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, according to the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Johnny Rodriguez.
The deliberation concerning hunting wild animals has grown louder since a Texas hunter, Corey Knowlton, traveled to Namibia to kill a black rhino. He had won the right to do so as a result of a bidding of $350.000, money that would be directed towards conservation.
It is worth mentioning that the Texas-based hunter obtained a permit from Namibian authorities, but he was exclusively allowed to kill an aging animal who posed a threat to young rhinos.
Knowlton hopes that people will look at hunting from a different perspective, so that they would understand what it means to be a conservationist.
On the other hand, Jeffrey Flocken, the North America director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, believes that
“killing endangered wildlife to save it is just wrong.”
Nevertheless, it may seem likely that the so-called thrill of the hunt is still rooted in some the hunters, thought reinforced with allegations that the Minnesota-based man who killed the much-loved Zimbabwean lion paid between $50.000 and $55.000 to do so.
The gruesome death of Cecil the lion had been reported by Zimbabwean authorities and officials: he was first shot with a crossbow, finished off with a gun 40 hours later, and, as if this wasn’t enough, skinned and beheaded.
Research doesn’t seem to support the idea that trophy hunting brings no benefit whatsoever, whereas, according to an article published in the University of Washington magazine, Conservation, reported that by legalizing the hunting of white rhinos in South Africa , the country saw an increase in this species from fewer than 100 to more than 11.000 specimens, even if some of them were killed as trophies.
As a conclusion, African nations face pressure to ban hunting, whereas poachers are the first and foremost valid threat. The decision whether to prohibit the hunting of wild animals is roughly related to the concept of the balance between the conservational aspect and the economical one.
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