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Australia bans lion trophy import


© FOUR PAWS | Andreas Schultz

Australia banned the import of lion body parts to prevent hunters from bringing home lion hunting trophies. This first of its kind ban sets a global precedent for the protection of African lions. International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the ban and calls on the United States and the European Union, the two largest importers of lion hunting trophies, to follow suit. The ban was announced during today's "Global March for Lions" - an annual march to raise awareness about the exploitation of lions. 


Ban of hunting trophies exemplary for EU and USA

Australia will now treat the African lion as if they are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Appendix I provides the highest level of protection for species that are threatened with extinction. The decision by the Australian government means that importing lion body parts, including hunting trophies, will no longer be possible, except for scientific purposes and breeding programmes.

South Africa's bloody hunting business

Canned lion hunting mainly happens in South Africa. In canned hunts, captive reared lions that have been habituated to humans are shot in small enclosures. Up to 1000 animals are killed every year. As captive bred lions are completely unprotected in South Africa the Australian decision brings hope to the animals in the unethical South African lion industry and to the last remaining majestic big cats living in the wild. 

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

FOUR PAWS big cat sanctuary LIONSROCK

Since years FOUR PAWS is fighting for an end of canned hunting in South Africa. With our big cat sanctuary LIONSROCK, FOUR PAWS offers refuge for victims of the hunting industry. At Lionsrock, lions that were rescued from breeding or hunting farms find a safe place to live their lives free from cruelty.