One more human discovers how we are driving the African Lion, the iconic King of the Jungle, to extinction.
Spotlight on Species – the African Lion
One of our volunteers is shocked when she learns the truth about the status of the African Lion…
As you may already know… African wildlife is in jeopardy of becoming extinct. Sport hunting otherwise known as, “canned trophy hunting” or “captive hunting” has become the new rage. The main question conservationists are asking is, does this really conserve our wildlife, and in many cases, no. Our beloved lion has declined fast over the years. The number of lions in captivity continues to stay steady or rise, but the number of truly wild and free lions have declined and continue to do so. Captive hunting is when lions or other wild animals are fenced in for the sake of human greed. People from across the globe can pay a significant fee to hunt these captive wild animals in a fenced in location. How humane does that sound? I’m going to answer that question with – not very humane at all.
One beloved animal/predator/king of the jungle I will be focusing on today is the lion. The lion is fierce and mighty, but at the same time peaceful and majestic. You see…something that is unique and special to this earth never lasts long, why? Some humans are greedy, selfish, unkind, and power hungry. They see something and want it for themselves. This has shown to be true over and over again throughout history. Adolf Hitler was greedy, selfish, unkind, and a power hungry individual as well as his followers. He murdered innocent people, stole, and became a dictator. People are capable of causing tragedy and destruction which lead to a devastating time in history, and they are capable of doing it over and over again. We see it in canned/captive hunting of many animals.
People who participate in captive hunting advocate that it’s conserving animals but that’s not the case. In reality it is mainly used for profits and there is no evidence yet showing how captive hunting saves wild lions. Luckily, there are some countries out there like Australia who have banned the importation of lion trophies. Animal welfare activists are spreading the word through the use of social media and have been able to reach a wider target audience. Other individuals such as Chris Mercer who founded CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting) has been speaking on behalf of lions. They have set up several campaigns across different countries by holding peaceful protests to build awareness about the issue. You can also volunteer to help save lion.
Some small but powerful acts would be to publicize the issue on Facebook and try to engage your friends. You can also go online and get matched to a nonprofit and volunteer your time. You can also sign petitions to put lions on the endangered species list. There are so many things others are doing to get involved and protect this wonderful animal and I encourage everyone to join the movement! Take a stand and speak up about the welfare of lions. No amount of contribution will go unnoticed! Get active and vocal if this is something you are passionate about! To quote my favorite movie, The Lion King, “long live the king!”
Farr, Sara. “Can Captive Hunts Actually ‘Save’ Animals?” One Green Planet. N.p., 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 03 July 2015.
“About.” Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH). © CACH, 2013, n.d. Web. 03 July 2015.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer Elizabeth Howells