Sports A Field

Conservationists Should Support Trophy Hunting

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Courtesy of PERC
Photo courtesy of Ragnhild & Neil Crawford.

With the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reporting that 1 million species are at increased risk of extinction in the coming decades, ending trophy hunting may seem logical. However, bans on trophy hunting are likely to increase the challenge of conserving the world’s biodiversity. This is why 133 conservation researchers and practitioners, myself included, signed a letter published in Science Magazine last week highlighting why the trophy hunting bans currently being debated in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe Union are ill advised.

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