“[The march] will be held in various cities throughout the world to highlight the plight of lions caught up in the canned hunting industry,” reads the CACH website.
Canned hunting is when a hunted animal is unable to escape the hunter either through physical boundaries such as fences, or because the animal has been trained not to fear humans. Various cities, including Stockholm in Sweden, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Vancouver in Canada, Melbourne in Australia, and Cape Town are hosting the march.
The South African leg on the march intends to call on government to ban lion farming and trophy hunting, while those participating in the European Union will call on the European Commission to ban the import of trophies.
“Canned hunting only exists because of a failure of government policy, and then it is ferociously defended by wealthy vested interests,” reads the website.
Americans participating in the march are asked to write to the United States and Wildlife calling on it to raise the status of lions to ‘endangered’.
Currently there are less than 4 000 lions left in the wild, and over 8 000 living in captivity, and according to CACH, these are the lions bred for canned hunting.
“Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons,” reads the website.
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