Hunter in Zimbabwe cancels lion hunt raffle after protests

2016-01-11 13:19


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Johannesburg - A professional hunter in Zimbabwe has cancelled a plan to raffle a lion hunt at a hunters' convention in the United States, following protests from activists.

Martin Nel said last week that he was scrapping the raffle in which he hoped to sell 100 raffle tickets for $1 500 each in Las Vegas next month.

Nel says the raffle winner could also have chosen to have a lion collared for research, and that the project was designed to raise funds for conservation studies at Zimbabwe's Bubye Valley Conservancy.

Some conservationists describe lion hunting as a threat to the species, whose numbers in the wild are dwindling.

Last year, an American hunter killed a well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe in what authorities said was an illegal hunt, causing an international outcry.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  animals

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