By: Beth Stewart
Ricky isn't the only one roaring about this issue. Join thousands across the globe (myself included) this Saturday, March 15 as activists march to draw attention to the cruel, but perfectly legal, practice of canned lion hunting in South Africa. Unfamiliar with this practice? It's been outlawed in many places, including 20 states, but is still abundant in South Africa. It's a form of hunting that limits the animal's ability for a "fair chase" since it's kept in an enclosed area in order to make it easier for the hunter to come home with a "trophy." Essentially, hunters are guaranteed a kill since the animal is unable to escape.
Lion breeders argue that it’s better to shoot captive-bred lions than the dwindling population of wild lions. However, in the last 20 years the number of wild lions has declined by 80 percent. This suggests that the argument for canned hunting in order to protect wild lions is invalid.