All animals, both wild and domestic, should be respected and protected by the human race. However, as many people are aware, animals are all too often viewed and treated as mere objects or commodities. The issue of trophy hunting has made its way into the public spotlight in recent years, largely due to the tragic story of Cecil the lion.
Although countries in Africa are major breeding grounds for these canned hunts, trophy hunting is present here in the United States as well, particularly in Texas, where those with too much expendable money and no conscience or empathy pay tens of thousands of dollars to hunt wild animals bred by businesses strictly to be hunted and killed.
A petition on Care2 explains that imperiled animals like black wildebeests, African bongo antelope, and Sitatunga antelope are bred to be victims of trophy hunts by businesses like Ox Ranch, which is situated a few hours away from San Antonio, Texas. Kept in fenced-in areas, these animals are unjustly targeted by wealthy hunters to be shot and killed for bragging rights. This is in no way supporting animal conservation efforts and it shines a terrible light on the great state.
The public has great power to spark serious change. American billionaire Stan Kroenke launched a trophy hunting television program earlier this year, which was soon canceled after huge public outcry against it. Considering this, your voice truly can make a difference, so please take a moment to sign the petition addressed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, telling him to instate a moratorium on these exotic hunting businesses and investigate violations of animal import laws.
And please remember to share this with your network to increase awareness of this very serious issue that affects the entire planet.
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