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May 4, 2021

Ashcroft’s Campaign Leads to Ban on South African Caged Lion Killings

You may know him from his business dealings in Belize, but did you know that Lord Michael Ashcroft has also been leading the charge against the breeding and killing of captive lions in Africa?  Well this week, Lord Ashcroft is celebrating as South Africa bans the practice. Lord Ashcroft helped the cause by giving evidence at a High Level Panel and sending copies of his book, the “Unfair Game,” which included undercover investigations into breeders and safari camps to all the panel members.  In an article on the website, Conservative Home, Lord Ashcroft says he sent a letter to Minister Creecy in June 2020 condemning the practice saying, “For years, I and others – notably Ian Michler and his Blood Lions team – have argued that this barbaric industry must stop. At last, those in power have paid attention.”    He goes on to say   “As far as I can tell, the lion trade brings no tangible benefit to the South African economy either because it is principally a covert, cash-based business overseen by a comparatively small number of businessmen.”   In addition to his book “Unfair Game,” Lord Ashcroft also produced a short film exposing the captive lion hunting industry. Here is a clip from the film of the same name.


[Unfair Game Feature…]


If you would like to watch the full version of Lord Ashcroft’s film, it is available on YouTube, but be forewarned the rest contains graphic images of animal cruelty. In South Africa, up to twelve thousand lion cubs are bred for slaughter by hunters who pay up to fifty thousand U.S. dollars to shoot a fully-maned adult male lion. According to Lord Ashcroft, the shocking trade lies “Behind the veneer of the respectable tourist industry, thousands of big cats are beaten, drugged, starved, shot and skinned every year for nothing more than profit. The serial exploitation of these creatures from birth to death and beyond is truly awful.”   African safari experiences also include enclosed wild animal hunting of giraffes, baboons, elephants, rhinos and leopards which can cost the hunters in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

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