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  • "Hi dimreepr

    I suspect that what you're inferring is that if there's no trophy hunting of lions then the income stream from the land where they're situated dries up, as a result of which the owners of the land decide to farm or develop the land instead (in which case there's no land left for the lions and they go extinct anyway). That's certainly what the the lion trophy hunting industry would have people believe. Whether that would really happen and to what extent is currently unknown. Also, even if that did happen, lions would last longer in that situation than they would if matters are allowed to continue as they are at present.

    Further, common sense suggests that the problem of encouraging philanthopists to buy up tracts of land so that the last few, protected lions have some 'strongholds' where they can remain in the, albeit human defined, 'wild' would be less of a problem than the current one posed by the hugely rich and influential lion trophy hunting indsutry."
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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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