Safari Club International Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

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Safari Club International Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

USA – -( 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 Safari Club International's criteria for estate hunting, the Safari Club International Board has adopted the following policy:

Safari Club International 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.

Safari Club International will not accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, nor will Safari Club International allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at the Safari Club International Annual Hunters' Convention.

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  • 2 thoughts on “Safari Club International Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    1. unless threatened by an attack, i DON’T understand just WHY someone wants to kill such a MAGNIFICENT BEAST.
      i am a hunter, but i HUNT FOR MEAT, NOT TO JUST KILL SOMETHING.

      1. Captive bred animal hunts afar are much the same as many canned hunts here in the states. Most often animals are bred quickly like puppy mills, confined to an exceptionally small area of land, and “pursued” until harvested. These types of hunts create problems mainly due to breeding conditions, possible introduction of genetic defects into wild populations, disease, etc. They then have the unfortunate impact of public scrutiny focusing on them and casting a bad light on valid conservation led safari hunts and lumping them all together under the banner of “trophy hunting.” There definitely is a difference between them, and a very good outcome for conservation driven hunting.

        There are many areas where hunting of lion, even elephant, are extremely beneficial not only to the people of the area but for the animals themselves. Someone drops $10-20K to shoot a lion, the people guiding the hunt know the animals in the area and lead them to an older or aggressive animal that the hunter then takes. This makes these animals far more valuable than if the hunting weren’t happening. The community becomes involved in the conservation as they benefit directly from it and poaching goes down. In the case of ruminants, most of the meat ends up in the community as well unless agreed upon by the hinter to have it shipped home. The benefits of hunting these animals is multi layered; keeping population levels in check, keeping human/animal harmful contact in check, keeping funds flowing into otherwise impoverished areas, keeping the community focused on habitat preservation rather than tilling it under for crops, and the list goes on. One can easily begin to see the correlation as to how we use hunting here in the states as a conservation tool and it becomes more clear as to why allowing, even encouraging wild animal safari hunts are a good thing.

        It may sound counter intuitive, it may go against everything you believe or were taught as a hunter, and you may never have a desire to participate in it, but it is a valuable conservation tool that should be supported by all hunters

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