Cubs born to die
Raising awareness of animal’s plight
TWO young women have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of lion cubs which end up being bred to be hunted.
Sarah Wichall, of Marsham Way, Gerrards Cross, along with Beth Jennings of High Wycombe, have started the Claws Out campaign after a trip they booked to a South African park last year.
The pair, both 21, believed that the park they visited was a conservation site which helped with the protection of lions.
However, upon arrival, and after having read online reports, they became convinced that lion cubs at the site were being used in the canned hunting industry in the country, which provides lions to be hunted by tourists.
Miss Wichall and Miss Jennings believe that the
VISIT: Sarah Wichall and Beth Jennings at the reserve in South Africa problem is spread across South Africa and believe that many people who go to supposed conservation sites are unaware of their true purpose.
Although the pair do not have any concrete proof that the site was being used for this purpose, they became suspicious after lions there which they had been looking after would disappear with no explanation as to where they had gone.
Miss Wichall said: “We’re trying to raise as much awareness as possible about the disgraceful canned hunting petting industry.
“These places lure in naive volunteers and guests who pay thousands for this experience. The cubs are stolen from their mothers to make them so comfortable around humans that when they eventually get sold they aren’t afraid of people with guns.”
Since returning to the UK, the pair have been trying to raise awareness of the situation, and are warning people to be careful before heading out to South Africa under false pretences.
They are also keen for more people to realise the cruelty of canned hunting and for more to be done to regulate it.
To find out more about the campaign, head to www.claws-out.com.