POLL: Should the trophy hunting of lions be banned?

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It’s been just two years since a trophy hunter shot Cecil the lion, and now Cecil’s eldest son has tragically suffered the same fate. Xanda, a 6-year-old lion, died near in , not all that far from where Cecil was gunned down.

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Xander was a father himself, traveling in a pride with many young cubs and a pair of lionesses. He was one of about 550 lions living in this area in Zimbabwe; only about 20,000 lions remain in the entire world.

Xanda, the six-year-old cub of his famous father Cecil, was shot and killed earlier this month by a hunter after he wandered out of the sanctuary of Hwange National Park. Photo by Vament

Scientists had been tracking Xanda via an electronic collar, and were concerned that he and his family were spending time outside of the park grounds where he is off-limits to hunting. Of course, scientists can’t exactly explain to lions where the arbitrary borders to sanctuary space lie or that they are at increased danger when leaving these boundaries.

In fact, Xanda was only about a mile and some change away from the park when he was killed. Him being so close to safety, particularly for a creature that can sprint 50 miles per hour, is all the more upsetting.

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The Guardian reports that, for a long time, scientists have advocated for an extra no-hunting buffer surrounding park boundaries since so many species come just outside of the protected area where waiting hunters gun them down. Perhaps Xanda’s death can be an impetus to finally put this proposal into action.

Though Xanda actually died two weeks ago, news of his death was kept quiet, likely in an effort to try to avoid the public outcry that followed his father’s death. Incidentally, Richard Cooke, the hunting expert who led private clients on this expedition, also led a hunt that killed another of Cecil’s offspring two years ago.

According to reports, Cooke has a reputation for following the law as a hunting guide. The appropriate permits had been purchased, and Xanda was considered “fair game” because of his location and age. Cooke also returned the electronic collar to the authorities to notify them of Xanda’s death.

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Of course, obeying the letter of the law and demonstrating a high moral code are not always the same thing. Polling found that 86 percent of Americans (the country from which most trophy hunters hail) consider big game hunting to be “distasteful.” Proponents of hunting will argue that money raised from these hunts goes toward larger conservation efforts, but that claim seems to be overblown.

Cecil’s death was not entirely in vain – his legacy inspired governments to take sterner stances on big game hunting. Unfortunately, these changes weren’t enough to spare the life of Cecil’s own son Xanda, but here’s hoping that Xanda’s story will spur further action to make sure Cecil’s grandchildren don’t befall a similar fate.

Two wild lions in Botswana, where all trophy hunting was stopped in 2013 because of the government’s concerns over lion population declines. Photograph by Ian Michler

Let’s not wait any longer to push for real change. This new Care2 petition asks Zimbabwe to honor Xanda’s memory by deciding to put a permanent end to hunting in the country – both inside and out of national parks. Zimbabwe should be playing a bigger role in protecting these beautiful, vulnerable creatures, not issuing permits to rich people who want to kill them for sport.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 20 Jul 2017.

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Larry Gordin
Larry Gordin

That hunting good for the environment is a lie. Use of lead ammunition is decimating scavenger species like eagles and California Condors. The lead enters the food chain and water eventually affecting people. Lead ammunition should be banned. Ecological wildlife viewing tourism is the way to go saving endangered and threatened animals such as rhinos, elephants, wolves, giraffes, lions and so many more. We are well on the way to losing 50 to 75% or more of the species on the planet.

Larry Gordin
Larry Gordin

“Sport hunting’ is a sickness, a perversion and a danger and should be recognized as such. People who get their amusement from hunting and killing defenseless animals can only be suffering from a mental disorder. In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that anyone would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive.” – Sir Roger Moore (seven times James Bond). Regarding animal killing contests and trophy hunting: Humans are the species that is drastically overpopulating and destroying the planet. How about a killing contest of… Read more »


Yes, no question that it should be banned. These animals are being lost to the world and it is totally inhumane.

Ingrid Perri
Ingrid Perri

YES! No animal should be used for human entertainment or profit!

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JD Creager

Just more lies. If you know anything have one thing of intellect you would not put human emotions in wildlife. If you really cared you would put your money where your typing mouth is and help but you send you little pitence to the humane society and they keep it for their pockets. YOU have been scammed. Huning provided all of the needed money to restore land, pump water hole full. Hunting provides a needed source of protien, all provided by hunters!!!

Connie Pennington


Lynn F Curtis

trophy hunting is a cruel bloodsport, many animals are becoming instict because of trophy hunters…please ban them for life…cecil was murdered and nobody was charged with his murder….how fair is that

Arden Danielson


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Eva Singh

Voted yes!!!!

Marion Jean Ruffin

Trophy hunting of all wildlife should be banned!!!

Chaille Dee

No doubts!!!!!!!!!! Any form of trophy hunting of ANY Animal and wildlife….

Uli Lind
Uli Lind

100% YES

Brigitte Freed


Tim Kilbreath

karma knows what you are doing

Luba Balyan

should this question be asked at all?

Victor Bonnett

Yes! And of all other wild creatures.

Susan Spenard-Decker


Chandra Kulupana

I voted and shared All the animals which are born to the world should have right to live Kions are precious

Tara Wikramanayake

BAN, BAN, BAN…. and we call ourselves civilised.

Debbie Tarin

Yes it Should for all Animals!

Jamie Taylor

Humans are the most dangerous of all! God didn’t create these beautiful animals to be hunted and used as trophy kills! Shame on all who hunt for show!

Quad Dean


Karen Inchley


Ann Leslie


Alisa Clark


Jodi Figurelli

Yes leave the animals alone

Barbara Smith


Deborah Jenkins


Solem de Guzman

Trump signed executive orders to kill foxes and their babies as well as bears and their cubs !

Solem de Guzman

YES! Tell that to Trump’s sons Eric &Donald Jr. They and their rich friends are trophy hunters. Spoiled brats !

Jean Daniels

The species that should be controlled and culled is our own.

Glen Labranche


Janel VanNoort Compton

Trophy hunting of ALL animals should be banned!

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Vicki Longwell

yes a billions years ago

Debbie Goble


Lynette Lichenstein

yes. trophy hunting for anythng shoul;d be banned. killers should b executed.

Candace Passino

Yes..yes..yes…it’s depraved…..

Lavinia Hall

Yes. All hunting should be banned, all over the world.

Kendra Courtney

yes its a vile act

Anne Grice

In modern times only Sadistic Psychopathic SERIAL human killers have been recognised to keep a trophy of their tortured murdered victims to give them the self esteem, or whatever it is the get from it, so calling cold blooded wilful killings of wild life “Trophy Hunting” today sends a chlling message to me! Only a depraved morbid mind would get continuous pleasure by admiring any part of an animal they have killed for pleasure. So as a so called civilsed society this should not be tolerated as normal behaviour. Decimation of the wild life who this planet depends on to… Read more »

Dayna Geddes


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Janet E. Perry Hough

Yes. There is no reason for trophy hunting. You hunt for good not for trophy.

Katherine Fransisi Foster

I have voted in that poll, and a bunch of other polls at that site. Killing should never be fun.