I don't particularly agree with hunting for sport, I find it sadistic personally. However, conservation efforts often rely strongly on the proceeds from trophy hunting and in some cases older males need to be killed in order to preserve the rest of the species. In this case it seems that it is the doctor's guides who were the real fucktards and Dr. Palmer was just an ignorant rich dude along for the ride. If they are found guilty he should definitely serve time with them because he was obviously party to the hunt and didn't do his due diligence in making sure what they were doing was legal and sanctioned. It's likely he would get a reduced sentence because he wasn't the mastermind of the hunt and didn't know any better.
I just don't understand how anyone could look at a majestic animal like a lion and want to murder it for fun. For survival (whether necessary food or it is trying to kill you) I get it, but just for the thrill of it seems twisted. Personally I think it would be more humane to tranq the animals that need to be killed and then euthanize them, but the money they get from sanctioning these hunts is often incredibly beneficial to further preservation efforts. Now if somebody like Bill Gates were to give the preserves a billion dollars maybe they could stop sanctioning hunts or something.
“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
― Marcus Aurelius
"In my opinion, there is a more scientific approach we can take to all hot-button issues. We do this when we stop demonizing the opposing viewpoints or victimizing ourselves, and we acknowledge and account for our own biases and emotions to the best of our ability."
--- Elliott C. Morgan
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