Captive breeding of tigers to recreate these days of trophy hunting?
For sure there are captive breeding programmes for animals like crocodiles to make handbags, fur-bearing animals to make clothing items for the fashion industry, and a great diversity of other animals to satisfy our strange desire to make goods out of their products. Like bears for their bile and tigers for their TCM products in Vietnam and China.
But can you imagine if the USA and the EU started breeding programmes of bears and wolves to facilitate recreational trophy hunters? If South American countries started breeding programmes for jaguars to facilitate sport hunters? If India began a breeding programmes for tigers to re-create hunting safaris existing at the time of the Raj?
However, South Africa has a booming industry built up around hunting lions for fun. How did this develop, why was it allowed to develop, and why has it become so big? How many South African citizens actually engage in recreational hunting of a captive bred lion?
For sure there are many South African citizens opposed to canned hunting. But it seems more and more evident that the most effective means to defeat South African and well politically supported home-grown industry is by legislating import bans – like for example Australia.
LionAid is committed to engaging in realistic measures to prevent any captive bred lion hunting trophy from entering the EU in the future as an extension of our programme to require much more stringent regulations for the import of any African wild lion hunting trophy. We are also working to engage US agencies and politicians in such initiatives.
We have been joined by some like-minded organizations and individuals in South Africa, but sadly too few others have sufficiently engaged and some even continue, like the South African government, to insist that hunting of captive bred lions should continue as a means to “save” lions in the wild (and bring in much money) among other excuses.
Conscientious conservation is demanding but possible by working together.
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