In the wake of the loss of Cecil the Lion, leading conservationists open up about big game hunting–and the bunk “population control” justifications for it.
Anyone who has not yet heard about the tragic killing of Cecil the lion–the subject of an Oxford University research study and beloved Hwange National Park resident–might as well be living under a rock. The outrage surrounding the incident has been relentless: on the last three days on Twitter alone, 1.5 million pronouncements have been made about the black-maned lion and Walter Palmer, the hunter/dentist who hunted him down earlier this month. And that’s saying nothing of the tens of thousands of petition-signers, Yelp activists, and news outlets chasing the story.
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Cecil did not die in vain. Millions of readers and wildlife-lovers have had their sympathies roused by Cecil’s death, and the conversation surrounding conservation…
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