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Difficult (impossible?) decisions

By Danny Harrington, MD ITS Education Asia


An article in The Guardian last week caught my eye as a real-life example of those philosophical brain teasers that high-schoolers are often presented with. You know the ones like who to throw out of the falling balloon to save all the others. In Tajikistan, recent experience has shown that by making the prey of the snow leopard the preserve of trophy hunters, sheep and goat populations have stabilized and thus snow leopard numbers have gone up. The key is that the money charged to trophy hunters is so high that it makes protecting the target populations the most logical financial choice for the local population who would otherwise see these animals as necessary for their own food provision.

An interesting dilemma for the sustainability community. Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/19/trophy-hunters-tajikistan-unlikely-saviours-snow-leopard-conservation-aoe


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