Monday, 20 October 2014

Australia plans to ban import of Lion trophies from South Africa

A permanent ban on the importation of lion parts, including trophies is planned by Australia. This was announced after South African conservationist. Ian Michler met with Australian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt and other MPs in Canberra earlier this month.

Canned lion hunting, or ‘captive’ hunting as the breeders and hunters refer to it, is a type of hunting where lions are bred specifically to be shot in confined areas. Despite widespread public outrage, killing predators under these circumstances continues unabated in South Africa, with over 700 captive-bred lions shot annually.

“I think if Australians knew more… then they would be rightly horrified…It’s not fair, it’s not humane, it’s not 21st century and on my watch, it’s not acceptable,” said Hunt.

Michler says canned lion hunting and breeding facilities are shaming South Africa’s reputation as a responsible tourism destination.

There are now over 100 facilities, containing 6000 to 8000 predators in South Africa. Here, predators are bred to be killed or to supply, what is another fast growing sector, the petting and ‘walking with lions’ industry. These facilities offer visitors the opportunity to interact with lion cubs and sub-adults under the pretence of conserving them.

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