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S. Africa Hunters Drop Support for Killing of Captive Bred Lions


The Professional Hunting Association of South Africa said it has abandoned its support for the shooting of captive-bred lions, dealing another blow to an industry already under pressure from airlines refusing to transport trophies and import bans.

Members of the association are barred from participating in the hunting or marketing of captive-bred lions, the association said by e-mail on Monday.

“PHASA distances itself from all captive-bred lion breeding and hunting until such time as the South African Predator Association can convince PHASA and the International Union for Conservation of Nature that captive-bred lion hunting is beneficial to lion conservation,” it said.

 The practise has been described by critics as “canned hunting,” saying the animals are shot in relatively small enclosed areas and aren’t used to avoiding humans.

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