The world was in an outrage when the glorious-maned Cecil the lion was brutally tortured and slowly killed during an infamous trophy hunt. Cecil brought the serious issue of trophy hunting into the public spotlight and has become some sort of a poster child for all other victims of trophy hunting. In addition to Cecil’s heartbreaking story, there have been numerous trophy hunt tragedies in the mass media that have highlighted the barbaric practice that must end now.
A petition on Care2 has been written to demand an end to trophy hunting, particularly in South Africa where the practice is common. Although the issue of conservation and saving endangered species is the obvious argument for an end to trophy hunting, the petition has an additional argument that appeals to those with financial motives. As the petition explains, wildlife watching in Africa drew in $34.2 billion in 2013, and it is estimated that one animal like Cecil could generate around $1 million from tourism in its lifetime, compared to the $55,000 that was paid by the trophy hunter who killed Cecil.
As the petition states, how will this profitable wildlife economy survive if all the animals are shot and killed by trophy hunters? These animals are worth far more alive than dead, and it is high time government officials step up and ban this vile practice that not only drastically affects biodiversity, but is not economically sound.
If you would like to see an end to trophy hunting, please take a moment to sign the petition addressed to South African President Jacob Zuma demanding a ban on trophy hunts.
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