In April 2015, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais lit up Twitter with a picture of a trophy hunter peacefully lying down next to a rare giraffe she'd shot with a rifle. The woman received jeers and death threats, and the subject of the trophy hunting of rare animals came back into the news. What are the facts about trophy hunting? Big game hunting and hunting trips might be popular, but how to they affect local populations, both human and animal?
There's no doubt that the hunting of big game has driven numerous rare animals close to extinction. But the practice of trophy hunting has a number of unforeseen consequences on not only the animals, but their environments and the genetic future of their entire species. This list features photos of people with their big game trophies, as well as important facts to know about hunting big game and rare animals, and how the activities seen in these pictures may alter the future of wild animals.These facts about trophy hunting and what it does to animal populations and local people will enlighten you about this practice and make you think twice next time you see a picture of a big game hunter and his or her trophy.
In 2015, American dentist Walter Palmer was identified as the hunter who paid $50,000 to kill one of Africa's most famous lions, Cecil. His name quickly started trending worldwide on Twitter. His business's Yelp page was inundated with strongly worded comments against him. It has yet to be seen if any of this outrage will translate to stronger protection laws.Palmer wasn't charged by Zimbabwae for shooting Cecil, as it was found that "his papers were in order." Trophy hunters often take advantage of lax laws or crooked officials in staking out their claims.