MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Supports Calls to Ban Trophy Hunting of Lions in South Africa

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.

 

 

Contact:
IFP Spokesperson on Water and Environmental Affairs
Mrs. Connie Zikalala,MP, 083 282 8384 

Or 

IFP Parliamentary Media Caucus' Media Liaison Officer
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675