Attempting to lift the animal trophy ban in the U.S. will have consequences

Throughout Donald Trump’s administration, he and the Republicans have been reversing many of the policies put in place by previous presidents. However, the most atrocious attempt was trying to lift the ban on importing animal hunting trophies. But, after receiving backlash, Trump decided to delay the policy reversal and look at the “conservation facts,” and claimed he didn’t know his administration was trying to lift the ban. The current ban was put in place in 2014 by the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service, under former president Barack Obama. According to a National Geographic article, the ban was put in place due to “the service finding that the hunts didn’t contribute to the survival of the species.” Currently, this ban affects […]

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Letter: Trophy hunting is bigger than Cecil, but it can be prevented

Not too long ago, there was a global outpouring of anger and grief when a famed African lion named Cecil was killed by an American hunter, Walter Palmer. The hunter, who claimed the hunt was legal, was reprimanded by the public for his act and a social media firestorm erupted regarding trophy hunting and the issues surrounding it. Trophy hunting, or sport hunting, is the killing of animals for sport and involves harvesting parts of the animal as a trophy. But despite the attention to the sport after Cecil’s death, most were still unaware of its prevalence, even in our own country, and then promptly forgot about it after their initial emotional reaction had faded. Cecil was a thirteen-year-old lion found […]

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