Humane Society: Obama Has Effectively Ended 'Canned' African Lion Hunts, Americans Kill 90%

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Humane Society: Obama Has Effectively Ended 'Canned' African Lion Hunts, Americans Kill 90%


Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


President Obama's mid-December move to protect African lions as endangered species will effectively end "canned" hunts for the king of the forest since nearly nine of every 10 killed is taken by an American, according to new data released by the Humane Society of the United States.

The analysis found the trophies of 719 African lions were imported into the United States in 2014. Of those, 620 came from South Africa, and of those, well more than half, 366, were killed in captive hunts.

Overall, HSUS said, 425 trophies from captive hunts were taken in 2014, meaning nearly 90 percent were taken by Americans.

The new analysis provided to Secrets by the Humane Society of the United States focused only on lions killed in so-called "canned hunts," where the hunt takes place in huge, fenced-in parks for up to $20,000. But it also gives a good indication of the percentage of Americans versus others involved in wild hunting.

The administration on December 21 listed lions in central and West Africa as endangered. Under that rule, virtually no lion or lion part from that region can be imported. Hunters in other regions will have to prove that they killed legally.

Conservation groups like HSUS have long fought canned hunts and baiting by hunters. …

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