Although in South Africa we are lucky enough to have wild lions roaming freely, the latest figures from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are huge cause for concern.
1. Less than 20 000 lions remain in Africa.
2. 10 000 of the continent’s iconic big cats were legally hunted and exported as trophies in the decade before 2013.
3. A staggering 748 lion trophies are acquired from South Africa per year, making it the ‘leader of the trophy-acquiring pack.’
4. Two-thirds of our country’s lion population that is hunted, are bred in captivity for the sole purpose of hunting (canned hunting).
5. Not all hunters take home trophies, some hunt merely for the sport.
6. Less than 10 wild lions are hunted in South Africa per year.
7. The film Blood Lions put this canned hunting practice under fire. As Ian Michler, the documentary’s main narrator, says “It’s about breeding wildlife as intensively as they can, as quickly as they can, to make as much money as they can.”
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. ” – Howard Zinn
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