18 Mar '13, 3pm

Killing lions to protect them? Does it make sense? : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Killing lions to protect them? Does it make sense? : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

I'm killing you for your own good In today's New York Times , Alexander N. Songorwa, the director of wildlife for the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, makes a plea for the African lion not to be declared an endangered species (they are currrently categorized as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List ). His argument is very pragmatic, basically saying that rich American tourists who fly over there so they can shoot lions with high-powered rifles and then bring back a trophy spend a lot of money, and that money helps fund game reserves, wildlife management areas, and conservation efforts in Tanzania. He further explains that his country has a stable population of lions (about 40% of all lions in Africa -- though is it that high only because other countries have done so badly protecting their lions?) and that they have rules against killing females and younger ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/killing-lion...

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