To hunt any animal for glory fun greed or trophy is an obscenity to me. That trophy hunting of lions still goes on despite the statistics that prove their populations have been reduced drastically from hundreds of thousands to well under 50,000 tell a story that cannot be denied. Lions are in trouble so how can it be they are still hunted for the most pathetic of reasons, to satisfy a hunters need to kill the biggest and the best. Such a barbaric and totally unnecessary practice should be stopped in the interests of this magnificent animals very survival. Just as taking from the gene pool the largest and most dominant males of an elephant herd alters the behaviour and breeding patterns of elephants the same is true of lions. Since females need the biggest and strongest males to protect them and ensure the survival of their cubs, if those males are shot, the pride is vulnerable and at risk of perishing. When will humanity learn to respect the lives of the wonderful animal life on this planet and stop treating it like a commodity for them to dispose of. The sad and tragic waste of such beautiful creatures is beyond words for me at times.