Stop the exploitation

Lion cubs (part 1)

South Africa’s wildlife attracts the attention of thousands of international tourists every year. The National Parks are famous for the big five, the smaller five and huge diversity in landscapes. The international community is also well aware of some the challenges that South African conservation faces and as a result they donate money, support our conservation industry and some even come here, to South Africa, to volunteer. Tourist-volunteers pay to be accommodated at wildlife centres and then work as labourers, cleaning cages, feeding orphaned animals and cuddling cubs. However, while these volunteers feel like they are contributing to saving a species, this is not always the case. Lions bred in captivity very rarely get put back into the wild and what happens to them once the volunteers leave? We can only guess. Some lion cubs are handled so often they sustain many injuries and more sinister are the later use of lion cubs for canned hunting and the lion bone trade. We cannot help but ask what some of these organisations are doing with so many animals? And if our international volunteers knew about some the more sinister practices, would they still be offering their services?

One response

  1. The very idea of canned hunting is truly disgusting. How anyone can claim to have shot a lion, rhino or any other animal that is basically tied into a small area with no chance of escape is just a sick joke. It has been known for some so called hunters to actually shoot an animal while it is in the back of a truck. Any true hunter worth his claim of shooting an animal, is the ones that go out and try and find one in the bush where the animal has a chance to escape or even turn and hunt the hunter. South Africa has to decide if they want to earn short time money by allowing canned hunting to continue, or to stop it and rely on tourism figures to continue to rise. As has been proved, there is more money to be made in whale watching, than what there is in killing whales

    January 4, 2014 at 09:37

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