Cubs born to die

Rais­ing aware­ness of an­i­mal’s plight

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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