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Arguments for and against trophy hunting in South Africa

This is an excerpt from an article published online by WildTrust

The debate centered on trophy hunting and the conservation of wildlife has been thrown into the spotlight following the killing of Cecil the lion.

The face of Cecil the lion was projected on the Empire State building over the weekend, one of many demonstrations sparked by the controversial trophy hunt by US Dentist Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe.

There are about 8000 lions bred in captivity in South Africa, and about 3000 wild lions in protected areas, in which hunting is prohibited.

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