To kill the ruthless art of trophy hunting and boxed lions in the panic of the industry

How the brutal business of trophy hunting and the practice of brutally killing “box-breed” lions

Last summer in Mopan, a lion that has become a symbol of Zimbabwe was brutally killed. To seduce him, outside the Huang National Park, i Trophy hunter Then who hit him with an arrow which proved fatal for the beast. Just a few years ago the same fate befell his partner Sidhule and a few years ago Cecil, who always lived inside the park.

Eliminating trophy hunting is a difficult curse. This is a cruel practice, unfortunately very popular and – above all – legal in most countries. Unfortunately The European Union is the world’s second largest importer of hunting trophies: At the top of the sad rankings we find Germany, Spain and Denmark.

And in regions of the world like South Africa, the practice of so-called lion cub hunting is very popular among hunters who like simple game and are able to kill an animal without much effort.

What is trophy hunting

But what exactly is this habit and where is its origin? By hunting trophy we mean the whole animal or some part of it like the head or skin which the hunters keep as a memento, it shows their success during the hunting trip.

Trophy hunting, as we know it today, originated in the 19th century as a result of European colonization of Africa, America, and Asia. It all started with commercial hunting by explorers and early settlers
Which then paves the way for the hunting ritual to receive the trophy. Today this brutal activity is particularly widespread in North America, where hunting is more accessible to the public due to the easy availability of firearms. In the United States, several hunting organizations promote trophy hunting safaris on the African continent and in other parts of the world.

Unfortunately, despite appeals from animal welfare agencies, the trophy hunting industry continues to flourish and new species are also being targeted, which are hunted in previously underserved areas, such as the Kyrgyz Republic of Central Asia.

Trophy hunting business

Thousands of specimens of species such as lions, giraffes, wolves and tigers pay a price each year. Safari Club International, based in the United States, is one of the largest trophy hunting groups in the world and has 50,000 members from around the world. The club encourages poachers to kill endangered species primarily, protected by national law or international treaties, often investing enough resources to lobby the government and other organizations to undermine the protection of the targeted species.

The Safari Club International offers large rewards for killing certain species, also based on their size: each with a specific “status”.

Of the more than 50 hunting rewards, some are specifically for killing European species. As the Human Society explains, “For example, the European 12 Prize involves killing at least 12 species of European wildlife from a list of dozens of species, including European bison, gray wolves, and Eurasian brown bears. Alpine camouflage. Arrange to kill with a rifle and kill with at least 15 bows.

The lion’s cruel fate is raised “in a box” and then killed

Hundreds of captive lions are bred every year in South Africa, Inside fence and leg structure. As puppies they are exploited to show off to tourists and are made available for photography with visitors. But a cruel fate awaits them, which is death. Cubs are released into the hunting area and killed. And hunters are willing to pay $ 4,000 to kill a lion.

One of the reasons the captive-bred lions were killed in such a short time is that the organizers bait them to save time, a conversation with Human Society International investigators testified. Even the organizers calm down before the lions leave the enclosure, so that it happens. They are easy to kill. At the Safari Club International Convention, captive lion prey is offered to potential hunters as if it were a restaurant menu. Hunting a captive lion is usually cheaper than hunting a male lion. Depending on the size or age of the animal and its value, or whether it is a male lion, captive lion prey can range from “cheap” to “deluxe”. The cheapest option would be to hunt a two-year-old lion.

Petition to stop hunting trophy import in Italy

During the five-year period 2014-2018, our country imported 322 hunting trophies of 22 mammal species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), including leopards, polar bears, wolves and cheetahs.

Italy is the largest EU importer of hippo trophies and the fourth largest importer of wild African lion trophies. In addition, it was the fifth EU importer of African elephants and one of only five countries to import at least one endangered black rhinoceros trophy.

To stop the import of trophies in our country, the Human Society has launched a petition which takes its name. #NotInMyWorld.

Also click here to sign

Source: Human Society

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