Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt is poised to announce a trade ban on the importation of African lion hunting trophies. Rather than help stamp out unethical ‘canned’ hunting of lions, though, the Minister’s ban on the importation of sustainable and legally obtained hunting trophies will decrease incentives to preserve lions, encourage unsustainable illegal poaching and deprive economically depressed rural communities in Africa of much needed income.
The Shooters and Fishers Party’s Robert Borsak has been doing some great work exposing the utter deceit that this recommendation is based on. Not only do Minister Hunt and his bumbling offsider Jason Wood MP insist on referring to all African hunting as ‘canned hunting’, which is patently untrue, it seems that the data the dynamic duo have been citing regarding the numbers and types of hunting trophies imported into Australia has been just plain incorrect.
Make no mistake these two politicians are heading down this path not for any scientific reason but because it suits their own anti-hunting ideology. They will not stop at lions, but will move on to other overseas hunting trophies – this is just the tip of the iceberg. It is a serious attack on Australian hunters and I urge everyone to contact their local Members of Parliament and let them know you won’t stand for legitimate, sustainable hunting to be undermined in this way. Do it now before it’s too late.