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    The problem with that contention is that even if you proceed on the basis of cold hard logic, not taking into account any ethical considerations about shooting Vulnerable species for entertainment, you still have to get over the fact that all the main scientists in this area, applying the scientific method correctly and objectively, have concluded that trophy hunting of lions is currently completely unsustainable. In the circumstances, I’m interested, what ‘potential positives’ do you think ongoing trophy hunting of wild lions could bring ‘if harnessed with some forethought’?

    Further, why would you think that well organised marches, in key cities around the world, on the same day, raising important awareness of the issues facing the world’s few remaining wild lions would constitute ‘dashing ones head against the wall of futility’?

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to bring lions within the protection of the U.S. Endangered Species Act. A good turnout on 15 March 2014 could potentially help to convince them that there’s sufficient global concern about the issues facing lions to do that. If they do then there’s a good case for saying that lions could then be upgraded to CITES Appendix I and finally officially categorised as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List (like all the other big cats). In the circumstances I don’t agree that supporting these marches would be ‘dashing ones head against the wall of futility’ really."
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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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