Countries around the world have been cracking down on poaching in recent years, but it is still a big business on the black market.
Elephants are most notoriously poached for their ivory tusks, but countries like the United States and China have strict laws now in place to make it illegal to bring the remains across their borders.
In 2015, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer paid upwards of $50,000 to be able to big-game hunt in Zimbabwe. He erroneously killed Cecil, a lion who primarily roamed the Hwange National Park and was being studied and tracked by the University of Oxford as part of a study.
Palmer was not charged with a crime since he had the proper permits and documents, but his personal and professional life were both threatened by angry protestors and animal right’s groups after he returned to the U.S. following the international media coverage of Cecil’s slaughter.
Some people say Palmer, and big-game hunters like him, are flat-out immoral for their choice of recreational hobbies, while others believe that hunters are helping protect villages from savage attacks from these animals.