Leading scientists have warned that global conservation is being undermined by celebrity power after they suffered death threats and abuse in a hostile dispute over trophy hunting. The Guardian quotes them as saying that poor political decision-making is being fuelled by what they describe as “myths driven by emotion and morality that ignore critical facts”. Although poorly regulated trophy hunting has had a negative impact historically on some wildlife populations, there is wide evidence, including from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, they say, that for many threatened species such as the black rhino, white rhino, lion, and others, well-regulated trophy hunting has brought population increases and reduced larger threats. The scientists said that well-meaning but ill-informed campaigning on the emotive issue therefore risks imperilling millions of acres of wildlife habitat and African livelihoods.
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