Friday 13th may be a bad superstitious day for some, however in London’s Trafalgar Square incredible things happened this week. The Global March for Lions 2015 (GM4L) was a unified voice for change demanding an end to the canned hunting trade, the ban of trophy hunting imports or exports anywhere in the world and an opportunity for mankind to protect the lion from extinction.
The GM4L was collectively supported by a number of NGOs and a fantastic vocal army of Lion Warriors.
Our united voices were heard loud and clear by representatives in the South African Embassy across the road. Not since the call for the end of apartheid have so many congregated, chanting, calling for South Africa to make amendments to their laws, in this case, to ban canned hunting in their country.
There are a range of activities which aide and abet the canned lion hunting and breeding farms that are rife across the African continent. We are urging all international tourism operators to South Africa not to promote;
- Cub petting
- Walking with lion experiences
- Volunteer experiences (unless these operators have been fully vetted and their practises scrutinised meticulously)
- Tours that include any of the above
- Any of the above in airline in-flight magazines
We make a further call on all airline operators to take a stance in agreeing NOT to carry Wildlife Trophies in their air freight.
These barbaric practises have no place in our world today. They are 19th century “sports” being played out in the 21st Century using the last remaining populations of a number of species as bait. To permit a species to be driven to the point of extinction is irresponsible of us as a race – This is not humanity’s finest hour.
Australia has taken the brave step of becoming the first country on the planet to ban the import of animal trophies. This precedence is a very clear message to other countries that they should follow suit.
A petition calling for a ban on canned hunting in South Africa was hand delivered to an official from the South African High Commission. “It was powerful, hearing the chants of the crowd outside echoing right through South Africa House!” said Paul Tully from the Campaign Against Canned Hunting.
Under the watchful gaze of Britains most iconic lions, campaigners from NGOs and fellow lion warriors shared their passion, their achievements and their beliefs in a future without canned hunting.
Click HERE to experience the day in our own words.
For a full transcript of the speech by Steve Travis – President of Protecting African Lions Foundation click HERE