This year will prove to be most important when it comes to the future of lions and lion hunting. Most uninformed people believe that in order to save this great animal placing it on the endangered species list and stopping the importation of trophies is the answer. When you dig deeper into the issue and start learning that the real threat is local eradication through poaching and poison a new story starts to emerge. Conservation through hunting is a newer concept that deserves proper consideration. I found this article in The Atlantic to be quite on point and rather progressive for a periodical. Given the blast of commentary on the broadcast networks and more specifically Big Cat Week on NatGeo I figure the other side deserves a little light.
Pic Courtesy of Aaron Ansorov