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Captive lion industry breeds concerns

This is an excerpt from an article written by Danica Hansen and published by Northglen News on 9 December, 2019

On Tuesday, 26 November, the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Natural Science Museum hosted a biodiversity seminar to highlight the issues around captive lion breeding and canned hunting in the country.

“The eThekwini Municipality is joining in the conversation to better understand the different views that exist in this regard,” said acting head of communications for the municipality, Mandla Nsele.

Guest speaker for the event was Pippa Hankinson of Blood Lions, an organisation that campaigns to raise global awareness, empower tourists to make informed decisions when visiting South Africa, and ultimately to end captive lion breeding. A sub campaign of Blood Lions is Born to Live Wild, a tourism campaign and pledge which is supported by about 190 key tour operators, representing close to 3000 members world wide,” said Hankinson.

The Youth for Lions campaign run by Cath Jakins offers presentations to junior schools, and film screenings to high schools and universities.

“There is a pledge running at the moment that’s been signed by close to 2000 students, mostly around KZN,” said Hankinson, who added that learners from Danville Park Girls High School in Durban North are among those who have signed the pledge.

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