End to canned lion-hunting.

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End to canned lion-hunting.

Postby Sean » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:01 am

Cape Town - Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk dealt canned lion hunting a death blow on Tuesday by outlawing the hunting of captive-bred large predators within two years of their release on a property for the purpose of hunting.
Announcing new regulations on threatened and protected species - to come into effect on June 1 - he told journalists in Cape Town he intended "putting an end, once and for all, to the reprehensible practice of canned hunting".

The regulations specifically prohibited "hunting large predators and rhinoceros that are 'put and take' animals - in other words, a captive-bred animal that is released on a property for the purpose of hunting within twenty-four months".

Van Schalkwyk's announcement is certain to send shock-waves through sections of South Africa's hunting community.

Previously, it was proposed animals be free-ranging for six months before being hunted.

"Hunting is an important industry, but we must manage it in accordance with ethical and defensible standards," Van Schalkwyk said.

For this reason, the regulations included prohibitions and restrictions on certain activities and methods of hunting.

Van Schalkwyk warned that the "Green Scorpions" would play a key role in ensuring compliance with the new regulations.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) estimates that there are between 3 000 to 5 000 captive bred predators currently held in facilities throughout South Africa.


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Postby Bushviper » Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:31 pm

Anyone wanna buy 3000 lions which no longer have any value?

By the way there is more genetic diversity in the captive population of lions in South Africa than in all the national parks and reserves. Somehow conservation has not been served by this decision, despite what the bunny huggers attempted.

It is sort of ironic that today I got a request for dead male lions, cheetah and leopard for taxidermy purposes. The person did however state that he would prefer animals which have been euthanased for medical reasons.
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