The ethics of trophy hunting – could shooting lions actually save them from extinction?

Anyone who eats meat but takes offence at a lion or giraffe being stalked and killed is a raging hypocrite, and the trophy hunting industry in Africa is actually good, not bad, for the conservation of animals.

That’s the message from those defending the sport, one which seems particularly poignant today on World Lion Day, and only a few months after photos of an American hunter posing jubilantly with the body of a black giraffe she’d killed in South Africa went viral triggering a bitter online backlash.

The giraffe was shot legally, by a woman whose enjoyment of it is hard for most of us to understand – resulting in something of a dilemma. Why is the hunting of some animals (birds, deer) vilified…

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