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[This mail was sent to me by HSI. Please do your litle part to save the animals. Remember, a little will add up to much.]
Dear Concerned Readers,
People visit South Africa to experience the rich diversity of wildlife there. Unfortunately, not all tourists come with the intention of taking photographs. Some come to kill wild animals so that they may take them home as prizes. They are trophy hunters.
In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred, reared and held in captivity for the purpose of canned hunting. On canned hunts, shooters are led to feeding and watering stations where the semi-tame and fenced-in prey make easy targets. Please help ensure this practice is not promoted by South Africa's tourism ministry.
Fortunately, South Africa's new Minister of Tourism has been outspoken in the past against canned lion hunting, declaring it a "rogue" and "reprehensible" practice. When he worked for the Ministry of the Environment, he introduced new regulations to ban canned lion hunts, but these regulations have yet to be implemented. The canned lion hunting industry appealed, bringing things to a standstill. The case will hopefully be considered by the end of this year, but until then, canned lion hunting in South Africa continues.
We need your help to urge the Minister of Tourism in South Africa to keep speaking out against canned hunting. He recently released a new tourism strategy for the country which touts the idea of responsible tourism. This was a perfect opportunity to promote "humane tourism"; yet abolishing canned hunting was not mentioned.
As a South African who has followed a family tradition and dedicated my life to saving animals, it saddens me to see my country permitting this kind of needless cruelty. Please join us in asking South Africa's Department of Tourism to include "humane tourism" as part of their new responsible tourism strategy. Wildlife tourism brings in significant amounts of revenue for the country and to ignore this in their overall strategy will ultimately affect their tourism goals and drive people away from South Africa. Submit your comments on their tourism plan by July 30th.
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President & CEO
Humane Society International