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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:56 am    Post subject: Canned Hunting in South Africa Reply with quote
Arrow Breeders ready to go to court over lion-hunt law
Sapa (Saturday Star - online)
January 04, 2007 Edition 4

South African lion breeders are prepared to go to court to test regulations on canned hunting, specifically of lions. . . .

In the Free State alone, up to 100 people had bred lions in captivity in one way or another - some for tourism purposes. Mostert estimated there were about 3 000 captive-bred lions in the country.

He said the answer to the problem of canned hunting did not lie in a complete ban on lion hunting. "Then you have to ban all hunting. This includes buck hunting. Everything."

The biggest shocker for me in this article was the number of captive-bred lions. I'm completely opposed to the canned hunting of any animal. Below is a link to a National Geographic article from May of 2006, discussing the South African government's proposal to ban canned hunting.

Arrow "Canned Hunting" Ban Proposed in South Africa
Leon Marshall in Johannesburg for National Geographic News
May 8, 2006

What are your thoughts on these statements? Could the current lion populations benefits from canned hunting? Confused

Rupert Lorimer, a former member of parliament and now a conservation consultant, has expressed doubts about the sweeping nature of the legislation, suggesting it could work against biodiversity.

He says there are about 3,000 lions bred in captivity in the country's northern region for hunting. These are healthy specimens that enhance the lion gene pool.

Also, the vast tracts of land on which the lions are kept and hunted are preserved in their natural state rather than being converted to agricultural use, he says.

And trophy hunting brings in vast sums of foreign currency, providing a good income for poverty-stricken rural communities, Lorimer says.
A whole industry has been built around the practice, including the transport and accommodation of hunters, the processing of animal products, and the breeding of stock to feed predators.

"The lion breeders have a case. They have invested vast sums of money, and they should be allowed to continue under properly regulated circumstances," he said.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The arrogance of human beings is just beyond belief. "We've always done it." "Huge sums of money have been invested." "It supports a whole industry."

The same thing is true of the sexploitation of children in some countries. Does that make it right?

And when localized sex traffic in children is stopped, what happens to those who have "always done it", have "huge sums of money invested", and work in that "industry"?

They find something else to do or they move on. Rolling Eyes

Can it be that the majority of humanity is THAT short-sighted? It sure makes ME want to pull the covers over my head!
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