The Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) and SPOTS (Netherlands) issued an updated report today, a compendium of all the self-inflicted, international bad publicity South Africa garners from harbouring the macabre captive (‘canned’) big cat breeding industry within its territory.
“Captive Lion Breeding, Canned Lion Hunting & the Lion Bone Trade: Damaging Brand South Africa?” CACH and SPOTS (Netherlands), August 2018
The report catalogues the toll the ‘canned’ industry it taking (to profit an immoral few), with widespread negative consequences for South Africa’s international image and credibility.
Last week, IWB wrote to Her Excellency Ms Nomatemba Tambo, South African High Commissioner to the UK. The letter is entitled “South Africa’s Reputation” and highlights the delusions being perpetuated by those that seek to somehow ‘justify’ the ‘canned’ industry/lion bone trade.
Today’s report shows the global damage being done to brand South Africa as a reputable tourism destination by the ‘canned’ industry – such reputational damage can be hard to recover from, but there is only one way to start that process:
It is long overdue for South Africa to ‘ban captive lion breeding and phase out captive lion hunting in a manged way’ – only then, can South Africa start to recover credibility as a custodian of wildlife (and not an unethical exploiter of wildlife as a commodity for profit only).