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31 Jul 2015
2:00 pm

No middle ground in hunting debate

The killing of Cecil the lion has caused an international outcry that has included average folk and celebrities alike.

Dr Walter Palmer (left), pictured here with another of his kills, is accused of paying £32,000 to shoot Cecil the lion. Photograph: facebook

US police are investigating so-called terrorist threats against the US citizen. To make matters worse, it emerged yesterday that Cecil’s cubs will most likely be killed now too by rival male lions.

The obvious debating point here is illegal and canned hunting, that should be pursued as a criminal matter. The second, more ethical question, is whether hunting should be condoned in the first place. It is a known fact that hunting brings massive amounts of money into the provinces as well as giving back to conservation and wildlife through various licensing and conservation concessions.

There will never be a middle ground in the hunting debate – even if hunters can prove game numbers have increased in areas that have legal hunting, those against killing animals will never budge. Vegetarians who avoid meat for the same reason must be rubbing their hands in glee. Because even killing an animal “humanely” is taking a life from a defenceless creature. This fight will remain hot for decades.