Friday

Zambia has banned the hunting of lions and leopards because of the rapid decline in its numbers of big cats.

Zambia's tourism minister said there was more value in game-viewing tourism than blood sport, which brought in just $3m (£1.9m) last year.

Sylvia Masebo said the country did not have enough cats for hunting purposes.

"Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry," she told Reuters.

While lions are found in all of Zambia's major parks, their numbers are limited.

There are thought to be no more than about 4,500 lions in the whole country, while the leopard population is unknown.

Neighbouring Botswana is banning all sport hunting from 2014, while Kenya halted hunting for sport decades ago. (Source)



VIDEO Zambia bans Lion Leopard hunting

Responses to "Zambia bans hunting of lions and leopards"

  1. Anonymous says:

    THIS IS REALLY SAD. OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS ON OUR EARTH ARE BEING HUNTED FOR TROPHIES!!!. WE NEED TO HELP KEEP WHAT ANIMALS WE HAVE LEFT ON OUR PLANET SAFE FROM HUNTERS AND POACHERS. GOD SAVE OUR ANIMALS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THERE ARE NOT MANY OF THESE BEAUTIFUL LIONS AND LEOPARDS LEFT AT ALL.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have no respect for people who kill these animals just for sports!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Long overdue - should have happened years ago. Save our wildlife.

Write a comment

Recommendations

Pages

Archives