BBC News reports: The furore over the killing by a US dentist of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has thrown a spotlight on trophy hunting – but while Africa is commonly associated with the sport, American enthusiasts are finding another popular hunting destination – the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Every year, Iran’s Environment Protection Agency issues about 500 licences to foreign visitors to hunt rare and protected breeds.
Many of these hunters come from the US, despite the absence of diplomatic relations and a state of tension between the two countries for the past 35 years.
They have been heading there since the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) made it legal for US agencies to book hunting tours to Iran more than a decade ago. [Continue reading…]