Hunt­ing tro­phy show loses venue

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — An African tro­phy hunt­ing show that was ex­pect­ing to bring hun­dreds of hun­ters from across the globe to a venue north of Toronto this week­end is scram­bling to find a new host. African Events Canada, the or­ga­nizer of The Africa Show, says it’s look­ing for a new host af­ter Bor­gata Wed­ding Event Venue can­celled the book­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon, cit­ing “threats” from an­i­mal rights ac­tivists. The show was to run in Vaughan, Ont., of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to book trips to Africa to hunt an­i­mals such as lions, leop­ards, ele­phants and hip­popota­muses. Bir­git John­stone, who owns African Events Canada, says the news came as nearly 30 of her ex­hibitors were set­ting up their booths af­ter fly­ing in from Africa. John­stone says Bor­gata’s owner told her the venue was can­celling the event space for safety rea­sons. An­i­mal Jus­tice spokes­woman Camille Labchuk says the group ap­plauds Bor­gata Events for tak­ing a strong stance against what she called “the cruel tro­phy hunt­ing in­dus­try.”

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