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  • "Hi dimreepr

    I think the key difference is that lions are currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species and also listed on Appendix II of CITES. In other words there aren't many wild lions left.

    Further, in recent years, the South African captive lion breeding and canned lion hunting industries (neither of which can sensibly be argued to have ever conceivably provided any conservation benefit) have also spawned the dangerous new trade in lion bones from South Africa to South East Asia. The evidence is now in that, upon arrival in South East Asia, those lion bones are then passed off as Tiger bones in products such as Tiger bone 'cake'.

    The net result is that the unsustainable trophy hunting of wild lions IS leading to an overall reduction in wild lion numbers and the actions of many within the canned lion hunting industry are now leading to increased poaching pressure on the world's few remaining TIGERS. This is because the bones of wild tigers are preferred to the bones of captive bred tigers and the ongoing huge influx of lion bones into South East Asia stimulates, fuels and sustains demand for Tiger bone products.

    Bottom line, the global marches for lions in the Spring will serve a useful purpose in terms of raising awareness of these issues in the hopes that lions will then be upgraded in terms of their protected status and in the hopes that, as a result, unsustainable hunting of the world's few remaining lions will finally be brought to an end."
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'Canned hunting is a barbaric industry," says Gloucestershire photographer Paul Tully

Stroud News and Journal: Lions are being bred in captivity in South African so they can be shot by wealthy tourists on hunting vacations Lions are being bred in captivity in South African so they can be shot by wealthy tourists on hunting vacations

THOUSANDS of lions are being bred in captivity in South African so they can be shot by wealthy tourists on hunting vacations.

In cities throughout the world animal rights activists will demonstrate against the practise of canned hunting by taking part in the Global March for Lions.

Paul Tully, 33, has helped to organise the march in London, which is due to take place on March 15, and is encouraging people in Stroud to join him.

"Having lived in Stroud I know that people here will be shocked to learn about canned hunting," said Paul, who recently moved to Gloucester.

"It is a barbaric industry yet little is known about it."

Canned hunting is a controversial business in South Africa, where lions are bred on farms to be shot by wealthy foreign trophy-hunters.

The animals are unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, because they are in fenced areas and because they are tame and used to humans after spending years in petting zoos.

Paul, an assistant retail manager and photographer, said: "I have always had an active interest in conservation but now I must do more, as we all should.

"Africa has always been in my heart, with so many species either close to extinction, endangered or close to being classed an endangered.

"The volunteer and cub petting industry in South Africa is a huge problem.

"Volunteers are being sent, unknowing to them, to illegitimate lion parks to care for these cubs and tourists will pay to pet them.

"In both cases, that cub will almost certainly end up in a canned hunt - a brutal end to a miserable captive life.

"The public need to be aware of the current failures in wildlife legislation that have allowed the once mighty lion to be degraded and traded as common livestock on farms of misery and horror."

For more information go to www.cannedlion.org or to take part or sponsor the march email globalmarchforlions@gmail.com

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