What are canned hunts?
Canned hunts are enclosures where a paying customer can enter with a guide to shoot exotic animals. The most common animals in a hunt are lions or tigers. Breeders often provide animals for canned hunts. Other times zoos, such as the Lion Zoo in South Africa, will sell animals to canned hunts once the zoo does not need the animals anymore or they have grown mature. The animals in canned hunts are very easy targets and the canned hunts are not fair for the animals. Most of the animals in a canned hunt are tame and have not learned to fend for themselves. In addition, the animals are often drugged and hunted in small, enclosed areas. The tour guides know the daily routine of an animal and can track any animal for a guaranteed kill. If you kill an animal in a canned hunt, the "hunter" gets to keep the animal as a trophy. Canned hunts are completely legal.
How are the animals affected by canned hunts?
Many animals are brought close to extinction because of canned hunts. African lions are becoming extinct very quickly. Since 1980, the lion population has been cut in half and now there are only 23,000 to 39,000 African lions left on the earth. It is estimated that in the last thirty years about 34,000 lions have been killed by hunters and the population has been cut by at least 50 percent. This is mainly a result of canned hunts. The amount of lion trophies imported back to the US by American hunters has doubled between 1999 and 2008. There have been 2,500 lion trophies imported to the US in the last six years. African lions could be extinct by 2050.
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