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Archive for June, 2013

Wildlife director mum over predator smuggling

The Director of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Dr Oduetse Kobotwe has remained tight-lipped about the illegal smuggling of predators and wildlife in the Southern Kgalagadi District.

http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=971&dir=2013/June/Friday21


Canned Lion Hunting Report Suggests South African Business Booming After Regulations Lifted

An investigation into the growing South African industry of hunting lions bred in captivity has reignited a long-running controversy among hunters, captive breeders and animal rights advocates.

The Guardian’s Patrick Barkham investigated the practices of some of the 160 South African farms that legally breed lions and other wild animals — many of which, animal advocates argue, will end up being shot by hunters who pay big bucks (sometimes close to $38,000) for the experience. This is the practice known as “canned hunting,” and its popularity has increased significantly in the past few years. The South African Supreme Court in 2010 even struck down a law restricting the practice after lion breeders challenged the legislation.

“In the five years to 2006, 1,830 lion trophies were exported from South Africa,” Barkham notes in his in-depth report on canned lion hunting. “In the five years to 2011, 4,062 were exported, a 122 percent increase, and the vast majority captive-bred animals.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/canned-lion-hunting-video-south-africa_n_3386878.html?utm_hp_ref=green