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Should Lion Hunting be Banned?

The Background
There is an effort underway to list the African Lion as an endangered species in the U.S. As the nation that produces the most lion hunters (60 percent according to African officials), such a designation would have a tremendous effect on the safari industry in Africa. But is it the right move for the lion?

The Players
On one hand, you have a collection of "animal rights" organizations, while on the other side you have the actual custodians of the lions themselves. Tanzania's Director of Wildlife for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism recently penned this op-ed in The New York Times opposing the up-listing of the lion. Director Songorwa's position can be summarized as follows: Designating the lion as an endangered species in the U.S. would be devastating to wild lion populations and conservation efforts that support them.

The Truth from the Ground
The Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe is one of Africa's most successful public-private conservation efforts. This 850,000-acre conservancy has done such a good job protecting its natural resources that Zimbabwean authorities have moved many of their truly endangered black rhinos out of the national parks and into the protective bubble of the Conservancy. This video tells the whole story in an honest and straightforward way and I highly recommend that you give it a look. If you have any interest in conservation and protecting the future of African wildlife, I urge you to take the time to watch this and forward it to your non-hunting friends.

Watch the video here.

The Ruling
Appropriately designed and managed hunting programs that fund conservation efforts are key to the survival of the African Lion. A ban by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service would have drastic negative effects on existing and future conservation efforts and have the opposite effect that the proponents of this idea claim to intend.

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7 Responses to Should Lion Hunting be Banned?

DOYLEHUNT wrote:
August 07, 2013

Northern Zimbabwe has an overabundance of lions. To the detriment of all other species. They have a fantastic conservation effort to balance lion population with other species population. Without it, there would be no other species available. i was there and saw the result of lion overpopulation. There are few other animals available to hunt. Th.ey have a quota hunt on lion to keep the population in balance. Without this there would be no game to hunt and the lion population would suffer for lack of food.

joe wrote:
July 08, 2013

i believe that if your not going to eat what you shoot, why shoot it. killing any of the big cat's brings unnecessary hardship to their pride and their young. their only sin is being majestic and beautiful. i urge the NRA to donate just one dollar from all it's membership to help protect the species which is disappearing at alarming rates. please do not hunt these majestic animals.

Tom wrote:
April 10, 2013

If you look at the areas in Africa where hunting has been prohibited, revenue for wardens is non existent and poaching has wiped out most animals.

Lionel Swift wrote:
April 10, 2013

No, banning hunting on game farms doesn't even sound good on paper - unless you mean toilet paper!

Pete wrote:
April 09, 2013

The CITES treaty provides guidance in its international ban against the import of ivory. In thbose countries where elephant hunting is permitted,, hunters are necessary to cull the herds to acceptable sizes. In those countries where elephant hunting is banned, poachers are wiping out the elephant populations. It is the local value of the resource that guarantees its preservation.

KW wrote:
April 08, 2013

You are absolutely right, DSM. That's why this is important for hunters to get engaged on. Most of us will never hunt lion, but once we allow them to use junk science to ban hunting, what animal will be next?

DSMbirddog wrote:
April 08, 2013

This won't be the first time this sort of thing has happened. How about mountain lion hunting in California and the discussion about limiting the hunting of some exotics in Texas. It sounds good on paper but does more harm to the species than good.