Is it ethical to hunt endangered species?
What if allowing legal hunting creates economic incentives for their preservation? What if
What if the “effective” way of conserving animal populations is morally abhorrent? What if the only ethical way to treat these animals (banning hunting) proves ineffective at protecting their numbers?
Below are some links discussing the issue from different perspectives.
- “Trophy Hunting: Killing animals to save them is not conservation.”
2. “The Heavy Price of Trophy Hunting”
3. “Save the Animals by Hunting Them”
4. “The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting: Sheep”
“Permits to hunt bighorn sheep are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars — and that money has helped revive wild sheep populations and expand their territory.”
5. The Fish and Wildlife Service said we have to kill elephants to help save them. The data says otherwise.
6. Why Can’t We Protect Elephants?
“What could justify the commercial hunting of threatened animals? The general answer is that the proceeds from the hunt — the huge fees people in search of these trophies fork over — can go to conservation.
“Whether or not such an argument is morally persuasive, the implementation of such a system requires a stable host country where corruption is kept in check and conservation programs are effective.”