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Trophy Hunting

Eco-Tourism Worth More to African Economies Than Trophy Hunting

Michael Markarian | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Michael Markarian

Tourists should avoid any operation with links to trophy hunting, including "play with lion cubs" adventures that often supply canned hunting operations with living trophies when their habituated cubs get to old to "play."

Florida Black Bear Hunt Is a Travesty; The Attack on Wildlife Has to End

Julia Orr | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The murder of Blaze was done amidst massive protest from the public, activists and bear behavior experts alike, and yet again, officials chose to ignore all of these protestations.

Who Is the Elephant Killer With the Small Gun?

Bernie Shine | Posted 10.21.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

The hunting guides have refused to identify the elephant slayer, and he has not come forward to further rejoice his victory. Surely such a big brave game hunter full of bravado can't be afraid of a bunch of animal advocates, can he?

Is Trophy Hunting Really Trophy Murder? Intentions and Words Should Matter

Marc Bekoff | Posted 10.19.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

If legal systems change and recognize the fact that animals can be murdered, we can expect that crimes that count as murder will be punished accordingly, other than by shame. And, perhaps, someday I'll be able to tell some inquisitive "annoying" kid that animals can indeed be murdered.

Elephant Killings: Thefts From Humanity

Bernie Shine | Posted 10.18.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

Something was taken from you, me, and all humanity last week. Africa's largest known elephant was shot in Zimbabwe by a trophy hunter, allegedly a German national.

Beneath the Surface of the African Trophy Hunting Debate

Christopher Clark | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Christopher Clark

Namibia made world headlines some months before the whole Cecil debacle due to another American's (legal) hunt of an old and infertile male black rhino in Namibia's Etosha National Park, which was filmed by CNN.

Lion Hunting Dentist: He's Back!

Bernie Shine | Posted 09.07.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

Palmer was accompanied by his unpaid adviser, Minneapolis lawyer Joe Friedberg. I too am an attorney, and I have decided to become an unpaid consultant to the late Cecil the Lion. I will be his Dr. Doolittle and give him a voice in this interview.

The Pastime of Psychopaths

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 09.03.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Serial killing and trophy hunting are terrifyingly similar. As wildlife researcher and author Gareth Patterson points out, both types of killers often immerse themselves in violent imagery.

Why Cecil's Death Means More Than Walter Palmer Could Have Imagined

Randy Paynter | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Randy Paynter

As the uproar surrounding Cecil's petition continues to ripple around the world, it shows the rising desire from people across the globe to right wrongs and move society in line with their values. Petitions offer a constructive outlet for this desire. The results can be extraordinary.

Photos Show Little Kids, Ages 7 And 9, Killing Their 'First Lion'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

An American hunter is being criticized on social media for posting images of his two children, who were ages 7 and 9 at the time, posing with dead lio...

Zimbabwe Court Charges Game Park Owner Over Cecil The Lion

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

HARARE (Reuters) - The game park owner accused of letting an American tourist illegally hunt and kill a lion on his property in Zimbabwe has been cha...

The Staggering Amounts Americans Pay To Kill Exotic Animals

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.15.2015 | Green

The killing of Cecil in early July has ignited a global conversation about trophy hunting, American trophy hunters and the fragility of wildlife....

Another Nice Mess

Bernie Shine | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

I wonder what our legacy will be. What will we leave for future generations --"another nice mess?" Will the last one out please turn off the lights?

The Cecil Paradox: A Conversation With Hal Herzog

Todd R. Miller | Posted 08.12.2015 | Science
Todd R. Miller

In addition to our concern for animals, and this animal in particular, there's also something that might not have anything to do with animals, which is our sense of fair play.

Airlines Take Flight From Trophy Hunting -- When Will Congress Get on Board?

Michael Markarian | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Walter Palmer is now a household name. What isn't so widely known is that there are thousands of ultra-wealthy trophy hunters just like him, and that 41 of them are lobbying Congress for a wholly unprincipled bail-out that would blow a hole in the heart of the Endangered Species Act.

South Africa, Namibia Criticize Airline Ban On Animal Trophies

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some African countries that allow hunting have criticized a decision by a number of international airlines to ban the trans...

Serial Animal Killers: Boys Just Want To Have Fun!

Bernie Shine | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

There is a moral issue that seems to elude those who get their satisfaction from killing animals at their whim. There are all kinds of atrocities that are legal in some parts of the world that most of us would find appalling.

eBay, a Wildlife Chop Shop

Ken White | Posted 08.05.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

How extraordinary that major airlines are now setting their own policies prohibiting their transporting decapitated heads of lions and other wildlife "trophies." Good on them! Perhaps now it's time to see eBay step up with a comparable policy.

Apparently a Lion Is More Valuable Than Any Zimbabwean -- Myself Included

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

The killing of Cecil the Lion, tragic as it might be to some, has laid bare some key issues that warrant further discussion. Few -- if any -- of these people rallying for ol' Cecil have shown their public concern and care for Zimbabweans.

After Cecil The Lion's Death, Airlines Refuse To Ship Exotic Hunting Trophies

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business

Airlines this week began refusing to ship exotic animal-hunting trophies amid global revulsion to the killing of Cecil the lion. Delta led the charge...

Trophy Hunter Defends Herself Against Critics In Wake Of Cecil Killing

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

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Time for Major Airlines to Stop Shipping African Big Five Trophies

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Dr. Walter Palmer's behavior in killing and mutilating Cecil the lion is disgraceful. But he's not a one-off character. He's a very enthusiastic participant in the larger enterprise of globe-trotting international trophy hunting.

What Will Be Cecil the Lion's Legacy? And Who Should Decide?

Rosie Cooney, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2015 | Green
Rosie Cooney, Ph.D.

Let's go back to Hwange National Park, the scene of Cecil's demise. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, responsible for managing this park, derived most of its income for wildlife conservation across the country from trophy hunting. Let us mourn Cecil, but be careful what we wish for.

Cecil The Lion: A Big-picture Guide to Directed Outrage

Carl Safina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We are the only creature capable of creating global problems.

The Economic Argument For Killing Cecil The Lion Doesn't Hold Up

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business

The Internet's been in an uproar this week after news spread of the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. Yelp reviewers called the man a...