The lion is under severe threat from man. Through habit encroachment and our merciless hunting activities we’re pushing this animal to the brink. The battle to save the lion from inventible extinction starts today with you.
In South Africa the practice of canned lion hunting and the brutality surrounding what is the most merciless of trophy hunting practices has been well documented for several years. Recent official estimates suggest that over 7000 lions are held in captivity at over 260 breeding farms across South Africa, the number may however be much higher.
Yet despite mounting evidence and civil society pressure, action to regulate and ultimately shut down this industry has not been forthcoming.
Lions are still being served to their hunters on a silver platter. These animals are born in captivity, 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.
Once killed the hunter leaves with his “trophy” and what remains of the lion is chopped up so the parts can be sold into the international bone and meat trade. It’s a gruesome end for a majestic animal.
Ask the UN Secretariat of CITES, the South African President, the President of the United States of America and the UK Premier Minister to ensure that that during the 2019 CITES COP 18 Conference being held in Sri Lanka, members vote to provide the lion with the highest possible protection.
This conference has the power to outlawing all trade in any lion parts and thereby sounding the death nail to canned lion hunting and its associated industries.
Addressed to the Secretariat of CITES, the South African President, the President of the United States of America and the UK Premier Minister
From: FOUR PAWS International
In the battle to save the African Lion from inventible extinction we the undersigned ask that you as influential world leaders insists on the up-listing of this species to Appendix 1 at the 2019 CITES Cop 18 meeting.
For decades man has mercilessly encroached on the lion’s territory, restricting them to smaller habitats, whilst hunting them for personal gain.
As these activities have intensified so has the greed for profit and the rise of industries built on the suffering and exploitation of the lion.
In South Africa the practice of canned lion hunting has been well documented for several years. Yet despite mounting evidence and civil society pressure action to regulate, control and ultimately shut down this industry has not been forthcoming.
Recent official estimates suggest that over 7000 lions are held in captivity at over 260 breeding farms across South Africa, the number may however be much higher. These facilities have methodically commoditized the entire lifecycle of the lion.
Spending most of their life in caged compounds the lions wait to be released in a larger compound for the so called ‘canned’ hunt. Their only hope that the hunter has enough skill to make their death quick. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Simultaneously many lions born in these conditions suffer genetic defects due to long term in-breeding, combined with cases of mal-nutrition and inadequate veterinary care as profits are maximized.
The lions suffering commences shortly after birth as lion cubs are prematurely ripped away from their mothers to be placed in what amounts to nothing more than a “petting zoo”, whilst the mother is forced back into a breeding cycle to produce another litter. Unsuspecting volunteers and tourists pay for the “privilege” of looking after and petting these cubs and young lions that the industry claim to have rescued or fostered.
Young adult lions are utilized for “walking with lion” experiences, again tourists are targeted for what is labeled a unique experience. The ultimate brutal end for the lion comes in the form of a bullet delivered by a hunter who is willing to pay vast sums for the pleasure.
These hunters return home with a trophy of their “epic” hunt whilst the “leftover” parts are sold into the international bone and meat trade for further profits. Proving that even in death the lion cannot find dignity and rest.
No scientific proof exists that these activities have any effect to stem poaching of wild lions destined for the self-same international markets, nor does the industry contribute to economic prosperity for the people of South Africa. It is profitable for a select few and exploits the rest.
We have reached the tipping point. Unless you act decisively to protect lion populations around the world we will face the real threat of their extinction as an apex predator.
From 23 May to 3 June 2019 you have an opportunity as world leaders
With kind regards,