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Trophy Hunting: a question of morality

 The Big Issue South Africa - South Africa 21 March 2019

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a US dentist last year shone a spotlight on Africa's big game industry and trophy hunting in particular. Big game hunting means big business in Africa, with the sector claiming to contribute $200million a year to the economy. But does it really help or hurt South Africa and its neighboors? Peter Borchert, former publisher of Africa Geographic, investigates the contentious issue for the Big Issue South Africa. (1720 Words) - By Peter Borchert

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Animal trophies are seen at the entrance of a taxidermy studio in Pretoria, February 12, 2019. Africa's big game hunting industry helps protect endangered species, according to its advocates. Opponents say it threatens wildlife. Now a mooted change in regulations in the United States could affect the number of foreigners who come to Africa to hunt big game, damaging the industry and possibly hurting wildlife. Picture taken February 12, 2019. credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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Animal trophies are seen at the entrance of a taxidermy studio in Pretoria, February 12, 2019. Africa's big game hunting industry helps protect endangered species, according to its advocates. Opponents say it threatens wildlife. Now a mooted change in regulations in the United States could affect the number of foreigners who come to Africa to hunt big game, damaging the industry and possibly hurting wildlife. Picture taken February 12, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko


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