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Hunters’ Answer to Cecil The Lion Outrage Is That We Create 53,000 Jobs

  • Trophy hunting in Africa earns $426 million: Safari Club
  • Cecil the Lion’s death caused backlash against hunting
Cecil the Lion in happier times

Cecil the Lion in happier times

Source: Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority via EPA
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Hunters who travel to Africa to shoot big game had been keeping a low profile in the aftermath of global outrage provoked by the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe last year. Now they’re fighting back.

The conservation arm of Safari Club International, which suspended the membership of U.S. dentist Walter Palmer for shooting Cecil, has published research that says trophy hunting contributes $426 million dollars to eight, mostly poor sub-Saharan African countries and employs 53,000 people.