WHEN MCDONALD TOLD ME IT WAS TIME TO USE IT, I REFUSED, TELLING HIM THE CANNED HUNTING
OF SUCH A HELPLESS ANIMAL WAS AT BEST IMMORAL, AND THAT I WAS NOT A RICH BUSINESSMAN BUT A TELEVISION REPORTER.
of any species is directly opposite to this grain.
is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions are bred in captivity, hand-reared for use in the cub petting industry.
As Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan, founders of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting
(CACH), explain, it is a "toxic industry" where "the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or by mental constraints (as they are tame and habituated to humans)".
Congress has tried since 1995 to pass bills outlawing most canned hunting
in the United States but well-funded hunting organizations have lobbied to defeat them.
"We need a clean hunting industry, free from unacceptable behaviour which could damage the country's image," said Albi Modise, a spokesman for South Africa's forestry department.ntil its ban, South Africa was one of the world's canned hunting
capitals, with more than 1,000 lions killed every year by foreign hunters.
In other words, Oregon supports and facilitates canned hunting
. Each year, approximately 1,000 farm-raised, mature male pheasants are released in the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.
There are no laws banning "canned hunting
" farms - so called because the beasts are cooped up in the tiny enclosures.
"This hunt has been shown to rely on artificial means, including their own variation of canned hunting
, to help ensure a good day's sport.
Although only about five percent of Americans hunted this past fall, hunting and hunters still prompt editorials in major newspapers, such as Wayne Pacelle's critique of "canned hunting
" in a recent New York Times.
For his book, Green spent four years traveling from city to city following the Byzantine paper trail of the lurid trade in hundreds of endangered zoo animals that fall into private menageries, substandard animal spectacles, auctions, laboratories, canned hunting
reserves, or even the illegal-parts market for animal-based medicinals.
We also want an end to canned hunting
-- confining wild animals on small reserves just so they can be shot dead for a price.
sees wild animals, especially lions, kept in an enclosed area so they can be shot by paying hunters.
Caption: A guide always accompanies the shooter at canned hunting
ranches to make sure the client shoots the buck he paid for.
They call what goes on there"canned hunting
" or"captive hunting.'' "Hunting has absolutely nothing to do with conservation," said Ashley Byrne, the associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals."What they're doing is trying to put a better spin on a business that they know the average person finds despicable." A 2007 report from Texas A&M University called the exotic wildlife industry in America a billion-dollar industry.