Cape Town - On Saturday 2nd April
a small group of people met in Cape Town and marched down Adderley Street, up
Long Street and into the Company Gardens, as part of a Global March for Lions.
It was a desperate attempt to raise awareness for the plight of
these endangered animals - and while thousands were not marching, there were a
couple of hundred passionate individuals who came out to add a collective raw
to the issue.
And through online participation and social media it's one we can
all assist with.
An organisation called, Help.four-paws.org, is spearheading a petition
to President Jacob Zuma, with 255 288 of 300 000 required signatures
Says Help.Four-paws.org on its website, "The most extreme
variety of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. Most of the victims are lions,
which are served to their hunters on a silver platter: The animals which are
born in captivity are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born
so they can be used in petting zoos. When they become of age they then spend
the rest of their life in caged compounds waiting to be released in a larger
compound for the so called ‘canned’ hunt."
"We want to ask the South African President Jacob Zuma and
the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, to oppose the
powerful lobby of the lion breeders and to ban the cruel Canned Hunting at
It is an issue that has recently received global attention, mostly
through the prolific Blood Lions documentary which details the farce
that exists through lion cub petting, conservation voluntourism and the canned
lion hunting industry.
SNAPSHOT ON CANNED HUNTING ISSUE:
- Blood Lions: 6 Harsh truths about canned lion hunting
- ShockWildlifeTruths: Hunters Bagged 10 000 Lions in Africa Since 2003
- Five lies you need to stop believing about the lion cub petting industry
Other means of adding your voice and weight to the issue is to
simply say no to visiting any facility that offers lion cub petting.
Much as we all would love this experience with adorable large
kitties, these cuties are destined for a miserable and unnatural life. As soon
as they are too old to be cute, and safe around people they will be relocated
to a facility that feeds into the canned hunting industry.
Canned hunting is an unfair fight. Lions that associate humans
with food are released into a wild, but small, controlled environment and are
sold to hunters. It is a guaranteed kill. It is not hunting, it is target
shooting. It is wrong.
South Africa as a nation has an excellent approach towards
protecting the environment and our laws around conservation are solid. We need
to put pressure on Government to continue the good work and ban canned hunting
and animal interaction. There is big money involved in these industries, but we
need to continue fighting for what is right.
To add your voice to this worthy cause - click here
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