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After reading the text “Tweet Touches Off: Heated Debate” Answer the following questions in complete sentences. The questions address specific details from the text.
What wild animals are commonly found in your country?
Are there any large wild animals?
If so, what are they?
If not, were there ever large wild animals in your country, and why don’t they exist today?
Why do people hunt?
Are there a different categories of hunters?
Does regulated hunting serve any purpose other than the hunters enjoyment?
Why, or why not?
What are your feelings towards the practice of paying money to kill animals?
Is there another way that money can be race for conservation efforts?
If so, how?
If not, why not?
“Tweet touches off:
heated debate”
1). For Melisa Bachman, a tweet nay be worth
a thousand insults.
2). The Minnesota-based big game hunter and
Outdoor Channel TV personality has stirred up controversy by posting a picture
to Twitter of herself and a dead lion. Bachman tweeted, “An incredible day
hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion…
what a hunt!”
3). Many outraged people have taken to
social media to condemn the picture, often with harsh words for Bachman. To be
sure, others have defended Bachman’s right to hunt, pointing out that
controlled lion hunting is legal in South Africa (safari hunting was recently
outlawed in Botswana).
4). But that didn’t stop opponents of lion
hunting from launching a petition on Change. Org, asking the government of
South Africa to deny future entry to Bachman, who it says is “an absolute
contradiction to the culture of conservation. “That petition has more than
300,000 signatures so far.
to criticism
5).The group that facilitated Bachman’s hunt,
Maroi Conservancy, is a private preserve of 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) along
the Limpopo River in South Africa. Established in 1993, the preserve offers
safari hunts of various animals.
6). In response to criticism over Bachman’s
photo, the Maroi Conservancy posted a note on its Facebook page saying, “Our
motto is ‘conservation through sustainable hunting.” The conservancy said meat
from animals shot on site is distributed to the local community. Funds raised
through hunting are used to shore up fences and guard against poachers, the
note added.
7). The conservancy wrote that it had
recently hosted Bachman, who had expressed her desire to shoot a lion. “There
are no lions on Maroi as they do not occur here naturally,” the group noted.
8). So the Maroi Conservancy arranged for
Bachman to work with another hunting outfitter in Zeerust, in North West
Province. “We did not benefit financially from this hunt,” the group argued.
9). Bachman received the necessary
government permits, and “the lion was not drugged or enclosed in a camp. It was
free roaming on more than 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres). Melissa is a
professional hunter and in no way is she involved in dubious practices,” they
10). The group said that it will not
apologize for facilitating the hunt, and added, “As for all the negative
commentary towards us, please consider how much you have contributed to
conservation in the past years. If you are not a game farmer and struggling
with dying starving animals, poaching and no fences in place to protect your
animals and crop, please refrain from making negative derogatory comments. “The
conservancy claims there are more animals in South Africa now than 100 years
ago, thanks in part to money raised through regulated hunting.
The heated hunting debate
11). Bachman’s story touches on a
controversy that has been brewing across Africa and beyond. Those who support
limited hunting of big cats argue that money raised through fees and
expeditions can be invaluable in conservation efforts. In the other camp,
people argue that every lion is precious and should be protected, even if the
species has not been officially declared endangered (there are thought to be
32,000 to 35,000 lions living in 27 African countries and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service has spent recent months debating whether to upgrade the
animal’s status).
12). National Geographic News recently
featured a pair of essays that looked at both sides of this debate. Melissa
Simpson, director of science-based wildlife conservation for the Safari Club
International Foundation, wrote in September that wildlife officials need money
more than anything else in order to save lions from their biggest threat,
poaching. That money can be best supplied by controlled hunts, each of which
can provide up to $125,000, Simpson argued.
13). She pointed to the example of
Tanzania, which generated $75 million through lion hunting from 2008 to 2011.
Simpson wrote that although non-hunting photo safaris also have contributed to
conservation efforts in Tanzania, 11 out of 15 wilderness areas could continue
to operate only after being subsidized by hunting revenue.
14). “As with the regulated hunters in the
United States, the regulated hunters in Africa make a vital contribution to
conservation efforts, primarily through the revenues their hunting expeditions
generate for local communities and wildlife resource agencies.” Simpson wrote.
15). Jeff Flocken, North America director
for International Fund for Animal Welfare, wrote in July that lion hunts “are
unsustainable and put more pressure on the species.” Flocken noted that about
600 lions are killed by “safari” or “trophy” hunters a year. About 60 percent
of those animals are killed by Americans, he added.
16). Flocken noted that trophy hunters tend
to be most interested in killing big males, which he said could impact
evolution of the species by eliminating some of the healthiest genes.
17). When a dominant male is killed, it can
also lead to more deaths, Flocken wrote. Other males in the area may fight to
the death to overtake the pride. The winner then may assassinate any cubs sired
by the previous leader.
Breeding male?
18). When it comes to Bachman’s picture,
media reports suggest that she had indeed shot a male in his prime. National
Geographic reached out to Bachman for comment but has not heard back. We also
sent the picture to a big cat conservation biologist, who asked not to be named
because of the sensitivity of this story.
19). Our source confirmed that the lion in
the photo looks to be of breeding age, but added that the question is really
irrelevant. “All lion hunting in South Africa is done on private reserves,
“they said”. “ Just because you can’t see the fence doesn’t mean it’s not a
canned hunt. It’s a completely artificial industry, where these animals are
bred, sold, then released in paddocks to be shot.”
20). The lion was most certainly not a
breeding member of a wild population, so its death should not directly affect
the status of the species, our source added. “On an organismal level, shooting
a lion is indefensible,” they said. “But on a conservation level, it’s a
double-edged sword. There simply is not enough money for conservation, but
there is a lot of interest in hunting.”
21). Taking aim at hunters, Luke Hunter, vice
president of big cat conservation group Panthera, wrote in March, “The entire
process that allows hunting big cats in Africa needs a complete overhaul to
purge its excesses and enforce far stricter limits on which lions can be hunted
and how many. That would force hunters to produce the conservation benefits of
which they constantly boast but only rarely produce.”
Broukal, M. (2018) Weaving It
Together. Connecting Reading and Writing. 4th Ed. Cengage Learning. Pag. 201-204.

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