Trophy hunting of lions should not be mistaken for conservation
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.
Lions are being hunted under the guise of education and conservation, threatening their numbers in the wild.
Trophy hunters lead people to believe that a lion’s value will increase in order to influence rural communities to conserve the big cats. This is a misconception, as there is no scientific proof backing this practice.
There are around 1,800 huntable male lions in Africa, and trophy hunting claims an unsustainable 665 of them per year.
Trophy hunting hasn’t proven itself a sustainable venture. It also features several harmful facets, such as bating lions out of protected areas, exceeding the quota and destroying prides’ males. As a result, young males are removed from the possibility of reproduction.
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- There are approximately 20,000 lions left in the wild, down from 200,000 in 1960
- They have lost 90 percent of their historical range
- Nearly 1,500 lion skeletons a year are exported from South African lion farms — the site of canned hunting
- There is not enough scientific data to prove that the legal trade of lion bones is offsetting and discouraging the illegal poaching of wild lions. In some cases, this makes the illegal poaching of wild lions more lucrative.
- South Africa has about 8,000 captive lions from 250 captive breeding facilities