Smiling Hunter's Dead Lion Photo Highlights Big Cats' Plight

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This is not the first time that hunting exotic animals has drawn criticism recently. The Dallas Safari Club drew outrage after planning to auction off a permit to kill an endangered rhino. The club defended the auction by saying that all funds raised would help go to rhino conservation. But animal rights groups said they didn't believe the reasoning behind the auction made sense.

"I think if they were multimillionaires and they were serious about helping rhinos, they could give money to help rhinos and not shoot one along the way," said Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States. "The first rule of protecting a rare species is to limit the human [related] killing."

ABC News' Dean Schabner contributed to this report.

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