Target: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa
Goal: Ban captive hunting of lions in Africa
Lions in Africa are being bred in captivity only to be sent off to be hunted by tourists who pay large sums of money to kill them. Lion breeders make as much as $25,000 per lion killed in the hunt. The success rate of hunting captivity-bred lions is over 99 percent, almost guaranteeing a kill for those who pay for the hunt.
These lions are bred legally on farms and are used for profit almost immediately. Breeders will allow tourists to play and cuddle with the cubs until they are adult cats, where they are then sent off for their eventual death. This practice is wrong and describes a pitiful life for these lions since they are marked for an early death the moment they are born onto these farms.
Many in Africa have argued that the hunting industry contributes a large amount to Africa’s economy and without it, the economy would be in trouble. However, a report from Economists at Large, a team of economists in Australia, stated that less than three percent of revenue is contributed to the local community by hunting companies. Canned, or captive, hunting of lions is not worth the small revenue that local communities see.
African lions are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) but should be listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, which would then grant lions stricter rules in regards to hunting them. Lions should not be bred and raised on these farms only to meet a cruel and young death. Please sign the petition below to urge Africa’s government to ban this cruel practice.
Dear President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma,
Currently, lions in Africa are being bred and raised on farms and sent off to be hunted at an early age so that tourists can enjoy slaughtering them. Canned hunting is disturbing and should be stopped immediately.
While the economy in Africa relies on tourism for much of its revenue, studies have shown that the hunting of these lions does not contribute a substantial amount and local communities hardly see any of this revenue. The number of lions has been sinking lower and lower and they should be listed as “endangered” in order to gain more protection.
I hope you understand just how sad this practice is of raising lion cubs only to be hunted for an early death by tourists looking for a “trophy.” Please end this cruelty and ban the canned hunting of lions.
[Your Name Here]
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