Great news for lion conservation

It has been announced that the USA has banned the imports of lion trophies that have come from captive lion populations.

Following the Cites results earlier this month, which refused to uplist lions to maximum protection, failing to stop the canned hunting industry, this new decision will mean that American hunters – who make up a large proportion of trophy hunters in South Africa – will not be able to get their lion trophies back home if they have come from captive facilities.

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Dan Ashe, US Fish and Wildlife Service Director, who reported the new decision said, “exporting nations like South Africa must provide clear evidence showing a demonstrable conservation benefit to the long-term survival of the species in the wild”.

The new decision has come after realising that the vast majority of lion trophies imported from South Africa in recent years came from captive breeding facilities.

You can read the full report here.

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