Ever since the outraged sparked on social media after Melissa Bachman (as I posted about several months ago about the blind irony of hunting outrage) Â posed with a dead Lion she had shot, the animal activists went feral with abusive messages, sexist and misogynist taunts Â and death threats. Despite a persons views on such subjects it should never descend to that level of behaviour, but such is the anonymity of the internet. Although many reading this may not have known it, yesterday was a ‘global protest’ against what they call ‘canned’ hunting. It would have been hard to find out, as very few media outlets covered because it is simply a non issue that really is no business to anyone except for people in the likes of South Africa.
But of course being a non issue, makes it a perfect story for a newspaper that is losing subscriptions Â like a glue sniffer loses brain cells as the unattributed Â Herald article
Wildlife campaigners joined rallies around South Africa in an international push to protect the lion and save the king of beasts from being raised in cages for “canned hunting”.
In Cape Town, South African archbishop and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu gave his support to the rally with a prayer read by his daughter Mpho, calling for success in “saving all wildlife, but especially in this instance white lions.”
“Save the lion” rallies are set to be held in cities around the world, but the focus is on South Africa, where the hunting of lions raised in captivity is lucrative business.
Canned hunting involves releasing the lions into a confined area with no escape, and then allowing hunters to take home a lion head or skin as a memento from their kill.
“I don’t believe in canned hunting. It shouldn’t be hunting for trophies,” said Madeleine Goetsch, 54, who joined around 3,000 people at a march in Johannesburg.
“There is a place for regular hunting but certainly not for near extinct species,” she said.
Hold on a sec, near extinct species? Well, not quite. Lets have the real facts:
That’s not quite “near extinct’. Not exactly pests either, but certainly not near extinct.
One of the rally organisers, Drew Abrahamson, 43, a conservationist who works in tourism, told AFP that the process of canned hunting starts when cubs are taken away from their mothers to be tamed and allow tourists to pet them.
“Then when they become too dangerous, they enable them to grow, especially the males, and they release the mature males for the hunters,” she explained.
“They can shoot at close range as the lions are tamed.”
Hunting for wild animals is a big tourism draw in South Africa bringing in 1.24 billion rand (83 million euros, $115 million) in 2012, according to a study.
A foreign hunter pays more than $3,000 a day for the hunting, which requires a special permit, it said, with part of the fee slated for preservation.
The foreign hunters are mainly rich Americans (55 per cent) and Europeans (40 per cent), especially Germans, French, Poles, Finns, Austrians and Hungarians.
And the business of raising lions in captivity is increasing, according to a memorandum the campaigners presented to the South African government, the European Union and CITES, the international convention for the protection of wildlife.
Around 60 per cent of the lions in South Africa – some 5,000 animals – live in cages to be sold to zoos or released for a few days into the designated area to become the target of hunters.
The caged lions are nearly three times more numerous than lions in the wild, according to the campaigners who are calling for the practice to be ended.
South Africa’s association of professional hunters criticised the campaign saying it was confusing illegal hunts with forms that are legal and responsible and “have a positive impact” on wildlife preservation, it said.
Appears to be a sound business opportunity if you can get into it, not only does it help save the animals in the wild by easing hunting pressure, it is a profitable tourism venture. Ironically millions of dollars made from game farm hunting goes intoÂ conservation and sustainability management. Â Money which otherwise does not come from anywhere else. Least of all from the shrieking protesters bleating like hungry goats that are apparently trying to save the Lions by trying to ban the practice that funds the population sustainability, many can’t seem to get their heads around the ironic fact that it the game park hunting keeping the wild populations head above water.
Meanwhile, thousands took to the streets in Auckland yesterday in protest:
I count nine. Meanwhile, lame ducks in Auckland continue to be protected by legislation, despite causing widespread damage to the local economy and population.