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Can trophy hunting ever be justified?

A cruel leisure activity for the wealthy—or not so different from eating meat? Our contributors battle it out

Big game hunting in the 1960s. Photo: PA

Yes, says Michael Petrou

It’s the naked hypocrisy of it all that is the most tiresome. Anti-hunting activists—a great many of them, anyway—don’t truly care about animal welfare. They have little to say, for example, about the intensive farming of pigs—far smarter than the dogs we pamper like children—which are raised in cruel and overcrowded conditions, dying in fear and, too often, pain. Activists’ concern and moral outrage is reserved for animals with arbitrary physical characteristics that humans find pleasing—white fur,…

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