The minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, recently announced that South Africa is working towards ending captive breeding and keeping of lions for canned hunting, as well as for cub-petting.
Canned hunting is the hunting of captive animals in a closed-off area where they can’t escape. These areas are bigger than zoo enclosures but small enough that the animals can be easily tracked. International hunters pay huge amounts of money to visit private game farms to shoot big cats like lions and leopards. The animals aren’t given a fair chance as the enclosed area makes the hunt easier for the hunter.
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