Let Cecil Be the Last – Ask South Africa and Zimbabwe to Ban Canned Hunting
Canned hunts are nothing more than pre-packaged slaughters for people with too much money and not enough heart. Call for them to be banned!
The world was shaken this week by
the sickening story of Cecil the Lion – the beautiful wild animal who was lured
from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe by professional hunters and shot with a
crossbow by an American dentist who had reportedly paid around £32,000 to go on the hunt.
Several of the
hunters involved in this revolting incident are facing charges, but that's not
enough. It's time for barbaric trophy hunting to be banned for good.
Canned hunts are big business in Africa, where large private
landowners allow hunters to pay to kill not only lions but also elephants,
lions, leopards, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, deer, and antelope – many of
them rare or endangered. Because these animals are usually kept in fenced
enclosures, they never stand a chance of escaping, fighting back or surviving,
and many endure prolonged, painful deaths.
Send a quick
message to the Presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe – two of the most popular
locations for trophy hunters – and ask them to stop allowing heartless
foreigners to murder Africa's wildlife for "fun".