Target: Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
Goal: Ban the hunting of captive animals in South Africa
Captive hunting, or ‘canned hunting,’ is a term used to describe the killing of animals raised in captivity, then released into a controlled areas in order to be hunted by trophy-gatherers. This practice is common in South Africa, a country that boasts more captive lions than wild. Petition the South African government to make this cruel industry illegal.
The process of this sick industry begins when lion cubs are taken away from their mothers at an extremely early age in order to be tamed for contact with humans. These lions are kept in ‘sanctuaries’ for the pleasure of tourists, who are able to pet them. However, when the lions are too old, they are let into an enclosed area and hunted by paying customers. The dead lions are then beheaded, their heads collected or exported to trophy collectors in Europe and the US, and their skeletons sold to Asian markets.
It is estimated that South Africa has lost 75% of its lion population in this way in the last twenty years. This ugly industry preys on unsuspecting tourists who come to enjoy petting the lions, and then allows wealthy foreigners to hunt them down easily, often making the lions suffer tremendously before actually killing them.
Petition South Africa’s government to ban this ruthless malice and end the suffering of captive lions before there are none left.
Dear Mr. Zuma,
I urge you to ban the hunting of captive lions in your country, and end the ruthless culling of a species dangerously close to extinction.
This industry strips lion cubs from their mothers at a very young age, causing heartbreak in both mother and child. The cubs are brought up to be touched by humans, but when they are too old, they are released into a controlled enclosure and hunted down by vicious killers who want to mount the majestic heads as trophies on their wall.
Mr. Zuma, you have the power to show why these lions are the pride of South Africa: in a natural habitat with their families – that is the true beauty of an animal. Please end the hunting of these captive lions in your country and stop the export of their bodies to buyers around the world. No amount of money can replace the loss of a majestic creature, and if action is not taken soon, there will be no lions left for us to admire.
The time to stop this is now.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Stano Novak via Wikimedia Commons