Canned! No more lion trophy imports

Canned! No more lion trophy imports
Friday, 13 March, 2015
Sydney, AU

IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) welcomes Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s ban on the import of African lion parts obtained through the particularly cruel method of ‘canned’hunting.

“This decision reflects the Australian public’s abhorrence atthe inhumane practice of canned hunting, in which lions are reared in captivity and hunted in enclosures”. said Isabel McCrea, IFAW’s regional director “We are very pleased that the Ministerhas gone further, banning imports of all African lion parts and trophies. This is an important steptowards halting the shocking decline of lions in the wildwhich we hope othercountries will follow.”

African lions are in trouble throughout their range.The causes are habitat loss, conflict with humans, loss of prey species and over-exploitation by trophy hunters. There are now only around 40,000 African lions left in the wildandtheyface a real risk of extinctionas their numbers have almost halved in in the last 25 years alone.

One of the most easily addressed threats to lions is trophy hunting. IFAW has campaigned for African lion protection around the world and last yearsponsored the visit to Australia of South African conservationist and anti-canned hunt activist Ian Michler to support the campaign to ban lion trophies.“We hope this will discourage Australians and others from going to Africa to kill lions and hope thatthey’llconsider taking photos instead of trophies”Ms McCrea said.

“We congratulate the minister for standing up for lion conservation and condemning the farming of lions for a thrill-kill.We are now hopeful that New Zealand, the EU and USA will take similar steps.”

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, and active in Australia for over 30 years, IFAWrescues and protectsanimals around the world. We care for individual animals and deliver effective solutions for the long-term protection of animal populations and habitats. Our work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are inextricably intertwined. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook
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