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When a Minnesota dentist killed a prized African lion named "Cecil" he received an onslaught of criticism and reignited the debate concerning hunting. Man's quest to dominate all of nature has been a passion dating to the primitive days of mankind. During this primitive era, man's need to hunt was strictly for survival and to preserve their existence and dominance over the wild. In this modern era, man still finds the need to unleash this internal drive for power. The passion to hunt, however, is no longer a necessity for survival; it is a game or sport for which the trophy is one of nature's most intriguing animals, the mountain lion.
By 1900 lions were no longer found in Syria; today Asiatic lions are limited to the Gìr Sanctuary in India. Lions also roam Africa south of the Sahara, particularly the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Kruger National Park in South Africa. This drastic reduction in range came about as humans and domestic livestock spread into savanna lands. Because lions live in open areas, they are easily shot by hunters and herders. Lions fur coats are a highly prized possession by poachers, and are worth a lot.
Texas still continues to have one of the highest numbers of wild animal farms in the USA. Certain laws have been put in place to prevent hunting on enclosed ranches to make it illegal in twenty-two states. (“Canned Hunting”). These ranches argue that because the ranch provides guides, and a chance to shoot a record class animal for the hunter it is an ethical practice. Other organizations like The Born Free Foundation believe that it takes away from the traditional meaning of hunting, and closing animals within a range is not safe.
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Anti-poaching regulations have in turn stemmed the formation of programs and policies for the management of Africa's wildlife. Poaching: Background Poaching, the illegal killing of protected animals, occurs in Africa for a variety of reasons. The most profitable reason is the ivory trade. Hundreds of elephants and Rhinos are slaughtered every year for their ivory tusks, which claim a sizeable profit on the black market. Many hunters also poach for the sport of it, the thrill of the hunt.
Selection for a rare trait is desired for the monetary benefit, where many game farmers don’t realise the drastic negative genetic impacts. Hunting has always been a past-time where a lot of enthusiast participate in the hunting of wildlife living in their natural environment. They find pleasure in the stalking of the animal and finally bringing back the trophy (the hunted animal). These enthusiast would not get the same pleasure from the stalking and hunting of animals kept in captive conditions. People have hunted for specific traits which make the individual animal more valued than the rest of the individuals within the population.
In their article “The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion”, Quammen, David, and Michael Nichols explain that these cats are “the only feline that’s truly social” (60). One common movie in today’s society, “The Lion King”, portrays the lion as the “King of the Jungle.” Many humans view lions as vicious, roaring animals that are the top of the food chain. Lions actually will “rarely attack a being human without provocation”(Lions). What we don’t realize is that lions are seen as the “King of the Jungle” because they are protecting their pride, or group they are a part of. A pride generally consists of three to thirty lions.
For example, In North Carolina hunting provides 70% of the funding for conservation and wildlife management programs. These fund have played a large part in the preservation of animal species in this area. Anti-hunting groups also state that hunting should be outlawed. These people don’t realize the negative effects of banning hunting. If hunting were banned deer-related collisions would be expected to rise 218 percent (“benefits” 1).