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 Minister of Environment,
Copy to: Minister of Tourism
Office of the Presidency of South Africa
FOUR PAWS demands a world where lions are awarded the greatest possible protection in terms of keeping and trading and that such human influenced activities will only contribute to the species survival opposed to contributing to its decline and possible extinction.
This will mean:
- An end to the cruel keeping of lions through irresponsible private keeping and the use of lions in practices such as circuses and canned hunting.
- No more trade of live lions, parts and derivatives other than for the purposes of rescue, sanctuary or as part of an endangered species breeding program and strict scientific research.
- Reverse the decline of the species in the wild by ensuring that legal trade in live animals, parts and derivatives does not contribute to stimulating demand for live animals, parts and derivatives which has a proven effect on lions being poached from the wild.
We therefore insist that the promises made at the last Conference of the Parties in South Africa where:
- It was undertaken to conduct a proper investigation into the impact that captive breeding has on wild lions
- That there is an accurate and truthful understanding of the captive population in SA
- That there will be a proper process with due diligence around the decision to come to an export quota
Since the last Conference of the parties:
- An export quota of 800 skeletons per annum was decided without consultation
- A non-detriment finding was made through Govern Gazette xx which is flawed and contains inherent contradictions
We therefore have the strongest hope that as CITES have determined 2018 as the year of the big cats, they will take seriously the promises made and that lions will be up listed and that the South African Government will take responsibility for the welfare of thousands of captive lions and the future of the species in the wild in the most ethical manner.