Marvelous piece by former student (and future veterinarian!) Kyra Hartog. So proud.
As a life long animal lover, conservation biology student, and veterinary student, the recent news of Cecil the Lion’s death in Zimbabwe made me angry. I fully support hunting for food and for some population control measures, but never truly understood why big game hunters feel the need to kill just for trophies.
Whether I understand it or not, trophy hunters exist and the practice can certainly help conservation efforts (see here). When a trophy hunter purchases a permit to kill an African animal, a portion of that money can be put back into conservation programs within the country or go towards supporting the local community. This certainly does not represent a victory for the individual animal, but may contribute to overall conservation efforts for a species in the country.
So what is…
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