Lions to the slaughter

Lions to the slaughter

The trophy-hunting industry is making many farmers rich – but the process of domesticating the king of the jungle is destroying the species for the amusement of thrill-seeking tourists.

The lions are packed so closely that they’re touching each other. In their enclosure they “move like snakes”, says environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, his voice strained with the affront. Territorial by nature and requiring vast open spaces to survive, these big cats have been tamed, habituated to humans and many hand-reared by international paying volunteers who are led to believe they’re doing a service for conservation in Africa by raising orphaned cubs.

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Submitted by : Michael Crampton of Johannesburg on 2015-10-23 07:08:43
Cattle are docile beautiful creatures, surprisingly intelligent and not prone to attacking other animals. Yet they are bred to be slaughtered, often under inhumane conditions. So too for the less beautiful sheep and pigs. Though domesticated now cattle, sheep and pigs were all wild once.

So where is the logic in condemning farmers who seek to make a living out of breeding lions?
Submitted by : Michael Crampton of Johannesburg on 2015-10-22 06:40:19
The truth is that the 'king of the jungle' is an ugly brute, especially when he has a baby impala in his jaws. The human beings who kill for fun are equally ugly and so is the practice of deceiving 'volunteers', who are out for a thrill.

However, in the harsh light of reason it must surely be acknowledged that the 'canned lion industry' - unethical though it is - is playing its part in preserving the real wild lions by diverting human killers from them.

If the real concern is about 'preserving species' then a similar industry in breeding rhinos for their horns might be recommended.

Sentimentality aside, an 'environmentalist solution' must be to house human beings in city skyscrapers, restrict our breeding, and put aside more grass and land for wilderness areas.

Editor's Note
The argument that canned lion hunting helps preserve the real wild lions sounds as problematic to me as the argument that making drugs freely or cheaply available will help deal with the drug problem. It might also just help to create a bigger market/more profit by lending legitimacy to a destructive activity.


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