Nordic hunt club rejects SA canned lion shoots

2014-07-16 00:00

ONE of Europe’s largest hunting associations, the Nordic Safari Club (NSC), has announced it will boycott canned lion hunting in South Africa.

The association, which has hunters in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, yesterday announced the boycott includes promotions of canned lion hunts at its trade shows.

Holger Jensen, a South African Dane with close links to the NSC, said yesterday the Scandinavian hunters have been trying since 2008 to negotiate with the South African government to take a stance against canned lion hunting.

Jensen said the NSC’s decision to boycott lion hunting in SA follows the government’s announcement that it will instead allow canned lion hunting.

Jensen said NSC members are against shooting lions that were fed by humans, adding this was not hunting, but killing a half-tame animal for profit.

Skandinawiese jagters trek volgens Jensen deesdae maklik hul neus op vir jagtogte in Suid-Afrika. Dít sluit álle jagtogte in. Die geblikte leeubedryf vererger net die situasie, het hy gesê.

Jensen, who has lived in South Africa for more than 30 years, said the NSC had also decided that none of its members may import lion trophies from South Africa.

Jensen said Danish hunters were the second largest group to visit South Africa after Americans.

He said it was now up to Nordic hunters to uphold the hunting ethics that the South Africa’s hunting industry and government had dropped.

Magdel Boshoff, acting director at the Department of Environmental Affairs in charge of the Threatened and Protected Species (Tops) unit and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), on Monday said the government cannot ban canned lion hunts because the practice poses no danger to wild lion populations.

President of the Professional Hunters’ Association of SA, Hermann Meyeridricks yesterday said SA’s professional hunters accepted hunting of lions that had been bred in captivity as a reality in South Africa.

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