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12.7: Topics for Discussion

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    1. Identify two or three environmental laws regulating human activities in your country. Discuss how these national laws relate to international laws and local laws.
    2. A wide range of international and national laws protect threatened species and ecosystems. Why do species and ecosystems covered by such laws not recover?
    3. Trapping birds and small mammals are traditional activities for boys and young men across Africa, and traditional hunting is seen as a competitive sport to sharpen the mind. These activities are also important to meet local income and nutritional needs. How should we deal with the hunting of threatened species outlawed by national governments, but encouraged by local traditions? Should people be allowed to hunt for bushmeat, even if it includes great apes and other rare species, to pay for necessities, such as schooling and medicine?

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