Case Study: Poaching Or Trophy Hunting?

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Poaching or Trophy Hunting? Walter Palmer, an American dentist, is alleged to have killed a popular male Southwestern African lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe on July 1, 2015 (“Zimbabwe hunter bailed over killing”). Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 USD to lure out Cecil from the Hwange National Park and kill him with a composite crossbow, according to Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (“Zimbabwe hunter bailed over killing”). Ever since the killing of Cecil, international criticism poured throughout social media and protests emerged outside Palmer’s dentist office in Bloomington, MN (Bever). Palmer has since apologized for his actions stating, “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” (DeLong). Palmer also adds, “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion” (DeLong). According to Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune, Palmer has not been accused of breaking any laws and has returned to his Bloomington dentist officer on September 9, 2015 in order to get, “his professional and personal life back on track” (Walsh).
The controversial death of Cecil has raised the question of
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Not only has poaching has been affecting the number of species around the world but it also has an effect on an animal’s psychology. According to a study by Elizabeth A. Archie and Patrick I. Chiyo, professors at University of Notre Dame, they noticed how “poaching alters elephants’ social and genetic structures” (Archie 766). Archie and Chiyo also states, “poaching seems to increase reproductive skew, which may increase the rate at which genetic diversity is lost from natural populations.” Poaching can drastically affect a population’s natural growth rate faster than any environmental factors such as weather, disease, and

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