A lion industry at work in South Africa, depleting its wild lion population, reaching into neighbouring countries to swell its profits.
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Lion cub petting and extinction of wild lions. Well-intentioned tourists are being duped!
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Current Statistics on “Canned Hunting”
– There are around 20 000 lions left in Africa.
– 900 Lions a year are legally hunted and exported for trophies (in the whole of Africa)
– South Africa exported 547 of these – bearing in mind that these are only the legally documented exports- probably many more go under the radar.
– In South Africa, there are many more lions in cages than in the wild. (2,743 ‘wild’ lions in SA game reserves at last count. About 8000 in captivity.)
– The captive killing of tamed lions (“canned hunting”) is a growing, un-policed industry.
– Less than 3% of trophy income reaches the local communities.
– Trophy hunting accounts for only 0.27% of GDP and 1.8% of tourism revenue.
– Lions have lost over 50% of their historic range in the last 30 years.
– Nature Conservation will not allow tamed lions to return to the wild, as “human-habituated lions” have lost their fear of humans.
– The genetics of lions in captive-breeding programs have been compromised, meaning they cannot return to their natural eco-system.
– Over 160 “Canned Lion” killing camps in South Africa established over the past 15 years.
– Lion bones are being traded large-scale from captive breeding operations into the Eastern Markets.
– Extinction risk for lions is even greater than rhino.
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