The killing of Cecil The Lion is unfortunate, however, there are two sides to every story. Over 15,000 Americans travel to Africa to hunt each year. This brings in hundreds of millions of dollars every year. This is essential to the economy of many African nations. When done legally, the money is put back into the conservation of these animals propagating both herd health as well as numbers. To ban big game hunting could lead to worse affects to many parties including taxidermists around the world. Taxidermists view these animals as majestic and preserve their beauty and memory for many to see for years to come. Our industry is heavily regulated and held to a lawful standard so we would hope that any taxidermist would act in the most ethical way with the preservation of these animals. These trophies are not only showcased in homes but studios, nature centers and museums to list a few. An impact on big game hunting also affects the animals themselves. Just as deer or bird hunting in the U.S. is not only for food and the sport but is a necessary conservation practice, hunting in Africa is no different. People have been hunting both large and small game since the beginning of time and has benefited all parties involved.