In a recent anti-hunting editorial piece focused on trophy imports from Africa of various species, The Guardian alluded to what are known as captive bred lions by others in the world.
“Campaigners have said the African lion parts imported from South Africa last year probably came from lion farms, where animals are bred specifically for trophy hunters and to meet rising demand for traditional medicine ingredients in Asian markets,” The Guardian reported.
Seems as though the antis are a bit slow on the draw in light of action Safari Club International took in 2018.
At that time, SCI adopted a policy on captive bred lions:
Considering that the practice of the captive breeding of lions for the purpose of hunting has doubtful value to the conservation of lions in the wild, and considering that such hunting is not consistent with SCI's criteria for estate hunting, the SCI Board has adopted the following policy:
- SCI opposes the hunting of African lions bred in captivity.
- This policy takes effect on February 4, 2018 and applies to hunts taking place after adoption of this policy and to any Record Book entry related to such hunts.
- SCI will not accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, nor will SCI allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at the SCI Annual Hunters' Convention.
“SCI protects the freedom to hunt and promotes wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI takes positive action. Antis just oppose,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “If The Guardian and the anti-hunters it quotes truly cared about African wildlife, they would join SCI and hunters from around the world in helping to assure that there is wildlife in wild places for future generations.”