Trophy hunting is not best way to promote conservation

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 2:02 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Re "Sacramento loses out on natural history museum" (Editorial, Feb. 18): It wasn't just the Humane Society with concerns about a proposed waterfront museum showcasing a collection of trophy hunted animals.

Thirty-one of my colleagues in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento co-signed a letter with me to the city's Planning Commission opposing the project owing to the limited educational value of the collection.

We do not agree with the view that trophy animal hunting promotes conservation worldwide. Instead, as we wrote: "If educating the public about biological conservation is the goal, there are far better ways to do this. A waterfront museum that focuses on the natural and anthropological history of our river area, and that also looks forward to how we can live sustainably, would be of far more value and would excite the public far more than seeing stuffed exotic species that have been killed for enjoyment."

-- Ruth Ballard, Sacramento

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