We humans have (almost) made it – the “king of animals” is dying out!
The slaying of a lion is one of the most expensive kills and costs around 18,000 euros.
The coat takes the hunters as a trophy in their homeland.
Popular, even among inexperienced hunters, is the Canned Hunting, in German also called “gate hunting”. In this hunting form, the animals are reared by hand on lions farms, exposed in fenced enclosure and a little later “served” the hunter on the silver platter for launch.
Often they are even sedated with medications.
A cowardly “gate hunting” with “guaranteed success”, with which a lot of money is earned.
The suffering of the animals begins with the birth on one of the 200 breeding farms. The lion cubs are separated from their mother and abused as a tourist attraction.
First stroking …
Many young animals are first abused as a tourist attraction: You can pet them, take pictures and go for a walk with them. Unsuspecting tourists even pay farm owners and volunteer agencies a lot of money to bottle-feed as lion-billed canine bays that have been taken away from their mothers. That they support a cruel industry, which is increasingly rejected as unethical by hunting associations, is not aware of the volunteers.
… then shoot
Once the lions are older than four to six years, they can be released for shooting – hunters pay several thousand euros for “their” lion. The shooting of a bred lion is, however, on average much cheaper and easier than that of a wild animal. This explains the booming demand for gate hunting.
More than 90 percent of the animals shot in South Africa by big game hunters come from breeding farms. In many cases hunting does not take place on the farm where the animals were bred. The lions are usually sold to hunting farms in the Free State, North West and Limpopo provinces, where they are shot in fenced game enclosures after removal – with no chance of escape. In 2007, the government of South Africa made a tentative attempt to end the world-wide criticized hunt for breeding lions. But the breeders complained and could prevent the planned law due to technical errors. Since then, the hunt for bred lions is booming.
800 to 1,000 lions per year are victims of this cruel practice. Other species, even tigers, are affected. In South Africa, up to 7,000 lions live in 200 breeding farms – more than ever before: Compared with 2010, the number of captive lions has risen by 50 percent.
My best regards, Venus