Persuasive Essay On Hunting For Conservation

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Killing for Conservation Recently, “poaching” has come under a harsh light. With the killing of Cecil the lion in July, animal rights activists have been fighting for an end to big-game hunting. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has come under fire for the illegal baiting and shooting of Cecil. Although illegally done, what Palmer did wasn’t technically poaching. To poach is to “trespass, especially on another’s game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt” (“poach”). Palmer was practicing a common sport called “trophy hunting.” Trophy hunting is the killing of animals for a “trophy” such as a horn or a head. Although brutally killing endangered animals as a pleasure activity sounds horrific, it’s not as bad as it may seem. Trophy…show more content…
African safaris are hard to find in countries with minimal scenic routes and low wildlife densities. However, trophy hunting generates revenues whether the country is visually appealing or not. This opens up a range of jobs for residents who are forced to find ways other than tourism to earn a living. Trophy hunting can be found not only in countries where tourism is lacking, but also in countries experiencing political instability. For example, in Zimbabwe, where political instability was the cause in a drop of 75% of the tourism industry, the trophy hunting industry only dropped 12% of revenues. The low drop of revenues leads to the assumption that political instability is a small hurdle for trophy hunters, who can generate money in a country that has lost most of its ecotourism business (“Potential”). Conservation efforts by trophy hunters have been proven to be positive. The lion harvest in Tanzania decreased by 50% between 1996 and 2008, and the areas with the biggest trophy hunting industry produced the biggest declines. In 1977, hunting was banned in Kenya. Rather than increase the endangered herds as originally hoped, wildlife populations outside of parks have nose-dived, declining by at least 60% (“Potential”). Thus, the lack of hunting has actually negatively affected wildlife populations, proving that trophy hunting is essential to conserving endangered big-game (Packer et

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