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Kassie Turner Mrs. Wiest English 132 20 May 2018 Reality of Trophy Hunting Cecil was a very popular lion to tourist at a Zimbabwe national forest. In 2015,  Walter Palmer illegally lured him off of protective property and shot him. He received no  charges for his actions and people wanted justice for the death of one of their favorite  lions. Thousands of animals are killed every year in Africa due to trophy hunting. Ever  since this tragic day, trophy hunting has been a controversial topic discussed intensely  all across the world. Many believe that the benefits of trophy hunting override the long  list of consequences. Trophy hunting is rapidly decreasing animals populations,  weakening species gene pools, and overall brings damaging outcomes. Trophy hunting is defined as the hunting of carefully selected animals with the  animal’s skin or head as their reward. It is only legal in some countries, on certain  properties, with certain weapons. If anyone violates these restrictions, they can face  large fines, or even jail time. A lot of countries gain a significant amount of money from  hunting permits. Most hunting permits can cost anywhere from $160- $600, depending  on where they’re hunting. In just four years, Tarzania gained $75 million from hunting  permits alone (Wheaton). Another way countries are gaining money is by the price they  place on the death of the animals. A wild, male African lion can cost as much as  $75,000, a captive African lion cost 20,000, elephants price around $20,000, and rhinos  can range anywhere from $45,000 to $75,000, depending on their species. Many  people will argue that this money generously goes to surrounding communities that  need it, as well as to organizations that help raise money to help animal conservation.  But, what they don’t know, is that only 3% of this money actually goes to these  communities (Russo). 
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