Killing of Cecil the Lion Resurrects Trophy Hunting Debate

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The killing of a popular Zimbabwean lion named Cecil by a Minnesota dentist on a hunting trip has reignited the debate over big-game trophy hunting. Cecil the lion was reportedly lured outside the protected area of Hwange National Park, and was hunted by bow-and-arrow and rifle, then left skinned and headless outside the park. The dentist, who paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, says he relied on local guides and thought the hunt was legal. But the killing has sparked a global backlash against him. We discuss trophy hunting, and why some hunters and conservation groups say it helps with protecting animals in the long run.


Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force