On the Anniversary of Cecil’s Death, House Democrats Target Trophy Hunting

2012 The Awakening

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A new report questions the claim that trophy hunting in Africa benefits wildlife conservation.
Taxidermic animals on display at a convention. (Photo: Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jun 14, 2016
Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

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It’s been nearly a year since an American hunter killed Cecil, an iconic lion in Zimbabwe. House Democrats are using the anniversary to question the premise that trophy hunting benefits Africa’s endangered wildlife.

In a new report called Missing the Mark, the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Natural Resources charges that Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Namibia, and South Africa are providing U.S. officials with little evidence that taxes and fees raised from trophy hunts targeting lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinoceroses provide conservation benefits and have an overall net-positive impact on imperiled species.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the authority to grant a thumbs-up…

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