March against lion hunting

2014-03-13 00:00

THOUSANDS of people around the world will take to the streets to protest against canned lion hunting this Saturday, and Pieter­maritzburg is participating in the initiative.

“Canned lion hunting is a national disgrace, and the numbers of lions which are captive bred in South Africa continues to grow by the day — the latest estimate is some 8 000, which is nearly three times more than the number of wild lions [under 3 000] in our reserves.

“Foreign hunters are the beneficiaries of these farmed lions — mostly from the U.S. (+/-55%) or Europe (+/-40%), said march organiser Gail Cornhill.

She said about 1 000 lions are can-hunted annually in South Africa, about three per day, the same as the number of poached rhino.

“We ask that Pietermaritzburgers support this initiative and join the Global March for Lions.

“Join the worldwide roar against canned lion hunting and make a difference,” she said.

The march starts at the carpark opposite Just Lavender, near Old Howick Road, at 11 am, ending at the city hall an hour later.

Pupils from various local schools will be participating, along with rugby teams and concerned citizens from throughout the region.

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