One of the arguments is the money is used for conservation. OK, how about instead of paying tons of money to kill a lion or an elephant, etc... you just DONATE that money for conversation? How come I can't figure out how to make a lot of money, but these people with black hearts who are greedy and have no empathy get to? Psh. Not right.
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Cause they're fucking assholes who need to be killed themselves ><1
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I don't get how anyone can say killing large male lions helps their conservation. With lions, if you kill the dominant lion (which are typically the big ones the hunters aim for) then their cubs get murdered by the next male lion who comes along. So you aren't killing one lion, you're killing most of a pride of lions. And at the same time, you are weakening the genetic pool for lions by having the cubs of the strongest lions killed off and replaced by inferior lion cubs. There was 1.2 million lions in the 19th century. There are 20,000 today. I'd like to challenge a hunter to come here and explain to me how killing off entire lion families is conservation when the lion population is considered vulnerable and stands at less than 2% of its historical population. To anyone who has doubts as to how poor the argument of conservationist hunters truly is, I will point out that Cecil had to be lured out of the park to be hunted. Why didn't they hunt lions that live outside the park? If their hunting practices are so sustainable they shouldn't have a problem. Well its a simple truth that there are no lion populations outside the park that have lions that are up to standard. They are either too spread out, too scrawny or likely both. The good ones all got shot. Lets not try to justify this as something noble. These hunters are killing for glory, with no concern for the long term consequences of their actions. They don't give two shits if lions go extinct. It'd actually make their trophies more valuable.2