For reference, there are more elephants in Africa than there are dentists and dental hygienists in the US. Legal hunting is a critical conservation and economic tool supporting wildlife, especially in Africa. Game animals and game reserves maintain their value because of expensive trophy hunting. People don't realize that mining, farming, and domestic cattle ranching industries are all chomping at the bit for that wild land and wild animals have to be removed for these to happen. In these developing economies they need to make money and it's unrealistic and unfair to tell these people they need to remain impoverished to protect some Americans' idea if "ideal" Africa. Also trophy hunting is ethical in that the goal is to find animals that are so old that they are beyond breeding age or have had the most breeding seasons possible. All animals young/old can be taken for meat, but "trophy" hunting in it's correctly practiced form bypasses young animals and ensures the maximum number of breeding seasons for the individual and the species. It is why fish have minimum length requirements when fishing. Trophy hunting is not unethical and it gives value to wild animal reservations and supports developing economies and gives jobs that discourage poaching and is a more sustainable way to hunt big game and manage populations (which must be done because game reserves have limited space).