Man pays $55k to Shoot Famous Zimbabwean Lionhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11767119/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html
1) What evidence in the article is the most convincing? Is there a difference between hunting with a bow and hunting with a gun in your opinion? Which statistic or quote would most likely lead to you changing your mind on this topic? What information is left out of the article?
2) In what ways would the hunter's children feel the same as a conservationist's children on this topic? To what degree should the dentist's patients think about attending his practice after this story becomes public?
3) How is this connected to events in your hometown/state? In what ways is this connected to owning a pet python? Do the dentist's actions form a larger pattern of behavior?
4) In what ways would this story be different if the hunter was Chinese? If Cecil was less-famous? If the lion was killed on the territory of the park? If it was a cow? If lions are endangered?
5) Is this important to you? Could you do anything to promote or change the practice of tourism hunting? Do you eat meat? Why or why not?
1) Students can study the most hunted animals in their area and place them on a continuum of ethical acceptability.
2) Students can study the creation of wildlife preserves in their home country and those in sub-Saharan Africa to find similar and contrasting rules.