17 May 2013
The Inkatha Freedom Party supports all calls
to end recreational killing of lions in South Africa. IFP
Spokesperson on the Environment, Mrs CN Zikalala, MP said,
"Lions are being bred in captivity, in most instances
tranquilized and then released into large enclosed areas to be
hunted. They are then being 'hunted' by these pseudo 'hunters'
who take great pride and satisfaction in being able to kill a
tame lion, at point blank range with a high powered rifle. This
is as pathetic as it is cruel."
Zikalala further added that, " It is reported
that these lions are bred for the sole purpose of being hunted,
often spending the majority of their lives in small, cramped
quarters, are forced to breed
and are released into controlled environments only when
they are about to be shot. The wild lion population is also
under threat with numbers dwindling from 450,000 to only
20000 currently left in the wild."
The IFP accordingly urges the Minister of
Environmental Affairs to immediately ban or at the very least,
severely limit the number of lion hunting permits issued in
South Africa each year.
IFP Spokesperson on Water and Environmental Affairs
Mrs. Connie Zikalala,MP, 083 282 8384
IFP Parliamentary Media Caucus' Media Liaison
Mr Phendulani Biyase,
073 024 5675