Two pronged approach:
Within South Africa: To stop the canned hunting industry
In every other country globally : To pressurize national governments to stop the importation of lion parts
The Global White Lion Protection Trust has put their full support and resources behind the march.
Please see their website for more information about the important work they do for the rare White Lions, who are specifically targeted in the canned hunting industry
The industry starts with the breeding of lions in captivity (the original parents being poached from the wild) where cubs are taken away at birth so that their mothers can go into estrus again and be ready to have another litter in 6 months (in the wild they would naturally only breed every 2-3 years). The cubs are hand reared and become part of the ever growing cub petting industry until they are too big to be cuddled by humans.
At best they are sold on to zoos (who often continue the breeding process), at worst they are put into a breeding programme and then shot in a captive situation, with the owners of the lions getting paid a fortune (up to a one and a half million Rands for a white lion), with little if any of the proceeds going back into conservation or even to the local communities.
The practice itself creates a market for lion parts for the Asian market- putting all lions at risk, with the poaching of wild lions increasing with the demand for lion bones as medicine in Asia.
*Data taken from recent environmental and economists’ Reports.
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