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The Parties to CITES (CoP17), rejected a proposal from nine African nations to upgrade the status of lions. Shutterstock

Lions are better protected, but loopholes mean threats remain

A stronger ban on lion trade by CITES would have helped to lessen some of the threats lions face but it would have not have protected the animals from sport hunting.
The reintroduction of lions and hyena has led animals in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park to behave differently. Shutterstock

How bringing back predators can change the way prey behaves

Kudu and buffalo altered their activity when lions and spotted hyena were reintroduced into the areas where these species lived.
The debate on whether animals should be kept in captivity or not continues to rage on. Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Carnivores in captivity: a question of motive and ethics

Some say that keeping wild animals in captivity is cruel. Others believe they promote conservation and give people a link to nature.
Stuffed animals left by protesters block the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dentist Walter James Palmer, an American hunter, has been accused of killing the lion without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured it out of Hwange National Park. Reuters/David Bailey

Cecil the lion was a victim of deep-rooted and persistent arrogance towards wildlife

The fact that people are still travelling thousands of miles to kill exotic animals and bring back trophies shows deeply rooted cultural problems in Western societies.
US TV presenter Melissa Bachman takes advantage of canned hunting regulations in South Africa. Melissa Bachman/Instagram

Hunting in Africa: to ban or not to ban is the question

Hunting is a major source of controversy on the African continent. Many nations have strict laws against hunting while others see it as an opportunity to make money.
US TV presenter Milissa Bachman caused a stir with this pic, but she is one of many trophy hunters. Melissa Bachman/Instagram

Trophy hunting is not poaching and can help conserve wildlife

There has been a huge increase in attention recently to the problem of wildlife poaching, mostly from the stream of grisly stories from Africa about rhino and elephants illegally killed for their horn…
Slow down, you’ll get indigestion. Luca Galuzzi/www.galuzzi.it

Lion hunt quotas could be good for animals but bad for humans

Criticism of sport hunting nearly always focuses on whether hunting is cruel or not. A good example was provided by the recent controversy surrounding Melissa Bachmann, a keen hunter and television personality…

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