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Legal And Ethical Questions Abound In Big Game Trophy Hunting

Andy Loveridge
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

The killing of Cecil the lion by an American big game hunter in Zimbabwe has enraged many people on social media. It also raises questions about the legal protections and social norms around hunting and poaching wild animals.

On Thursday, we talk with Vermonter Laurel Neme, author of the book Animal Investigators: How The World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species.  Neme has researched and written extensively on international wildlife trafficking and efforts to prevent and solve crimes against protected animals.

Also in the program, a field trip to one of Vermont's state historic sites, Mount Independence. The fort that stood there during the Revolutionary War shared a history with Fort Ticonderoga, just across the lake. Site interpreter Paul Andrischin tells us more.

Broadcast live on Thur., July 30, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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