The Economic Argument For Killing Cecil The Lion Doesn’t Hold Up

Emilio Cogliani

The Internet’s been in an uproar this week after news spread of the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. Yelp reviewers called the man a murderer, locals set up a memorial outside his closed office in Bloomington, Minnesota, and officials in Zimbabwe, where the hunt took place, are calling for the man’sextradition.

Walter Palmer, who paid around $55,000 to kill Cecil, may face poaching charges for shooting the lion with a crossbow after it was lured out of a protected national park. Palmersaid in a statementto a local paper that he believed his hunt was legal.”I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” he said.

Trophy hunts are lawful in many parts of Africa, including South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania, and buyers can shell…

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