Success for animal welfare: Australia first to ban import of lion trophies
Today Australia banned the import of lion body parts to prevent hunters from bringing home lion hunting trophies. This first of its kind ban sets a global precedent for the protection of African lions. International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the ban and calls on the United States and the European Union, the two largest importers of lion hunting trophies, to follow suit. The ban was announced during today's "Global March for Lions" - an annual march to raise awareness for the exploitation of lions.
Ban of hunting trophies exemplary for EU and USA
Australia will now treat the African lion as if they are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Appendix I provides the highest level of protection for species that ar thretened with extinction. The decision by the Australian government means that importing lion body parts, including hunting trophies, will no longer be possible, except for scientific purposes and breeding programmes.
South Africa's bloody hunting business
Main country for lion hunts is South Africa with it’s so called canned hunting practice: Captive reared lions that have been habituated to humans are shot in small enclosures. Up to 1000 animals are killed every year. “As bred lions are completely unprotected in South Africa the Australian decision brings hope to the animals in the unethical South African lion industry and to the last remaining majestic big cats living in the wild.
FOUR PAWS big cat sanctuary LIONSROCK
For years FOUR PAWS is fighting for an end of canned hunting in South Africa. With LIONSROCK the foundation offers refuge for victims of the hunting industry. Lions that were able to be rescued from breeding or hunting farms have an appropriate place to live out their lives at the big cats sanctuary.