By The Numbers

Hunting trophies are on the "no-fly" list

Marketplace Staff Aug 4, 2015
40 percent

That’s the percentage of work hours on job sites based in Nashville that would be required to go to local workers, as proposed by an amendment currently being debated in local government. The idea is that if local government pays for a big construction project, then the work that follows should go to local workers. But some contractors say it would be a major hassle to find skilled workers to do these jobs. San Francisco passed a similar law, but also invested $4.5 million into training local residents for the work. It is yet unclear if Nashville would do the same.

2 percent

That’s the portion of Google’s employees that are black, according to information published by the company last year. Apple doesn’t fare much better, with black employees totaling 7 percent of its workforce. These ratios are part of the reason why members of the Congressional Black Caucus are in Silicon Valley this week, meeting with major tech companies to talk about the troubling lack of diversity in the industry. Some diversity consultants point to an archaic hiring process as a major culprit.

100 percent

That’s the portion of profits from a Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby that will go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of the University of Oxford. The group had been studying Cecil before he was lured out of a National Park and hunted by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Mashable writes that the beanie baby will be available for purchase in September.


Speaking of Cecil, that’s how airlines many have banned the shipment of “hunting trophies,” a move industry analysts believe is motivated by the internet outcry following  Cecil the lion’s death. Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies have all been banned from Delta, American, and United Airlines. Though, as the Associated Press points out, American Airlines does not fly to Africa, so the policy is more of a symbolic gesture from the company.

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