Earlier this month, journalist Graham Boynton wrote a thought-provoking piece for the Daily Mail on the heated issue of trophy hunting in Africa.
In it, he argued it is a cruel irony that a ‘celebrity campaign’ to ban this activity —and an associated effort to ban the importation into Britain of hunting souvenirs such as lion skins — could end up being counter-productive.
‘In their infinite wisdom they have decided that a ban on the import of hunting trophies will help save Africa’s wildlife,’ Mr Boynton wrote sarcastically. Clearly, he has a different view.
In essence, he seems to believe that banning trophy hunting and outlawing trophy imports undermines attempts to protect lions and other endangered animals in Africa.
Since he named me in his article, stating that those on my side of the debate who support a trophy import ban are ‘driven by emotion rather than science’, I feel duty bound to respond.
Lead Image: A U.S. celebrity hunter Olivia Nalos Opre poses with her kill.
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