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Paul's fight to stop canned hunting of lions

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

Paul Tully

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THEY are seen as hugely powerful animals – but thousands of lions are being held captive in South Africa.

Thousands of miles away here in the UK, hundreds of protestors will be gathering in March to demonstrate against the practice of canned hunting.

Paul Tully, 33, from Gloucester, has helped organise the Global March For Lions, which is due to take place on March 15 in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

He said: “Our focus is to stop canned hunting.

“Lions are often kept against their will, so they can be bred.”

Canned hunting is where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints such as fencing or by mental constraints, because they are tame and used to humans.

Paul said: “This often happens in South Africa.”

There are fewer than 4,000 lions left in the wild in South Africa.

However more than 8,000 are in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow.

Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons, Paul said.

The ongoing capture of wild lions to introduce fresh blood into captive breeding, and the growth of the lion bone trade to Asia is likely to impact severely on wild populations.

Paul said: “Marches across the world will be taking place, including Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

“More than a hundred people have signed up to the march in London.

“All funds raised will go towards the Canned Lion charity set up and run by Chris Mercer and Beverley Pervan.”

They funded the campaign out of their own savings for many years, until January 2007 when Chris was awarded the Marchig Trust Animal Award for 2006.

The Marchig award is given annually to an organisation deemed to have excelled in animal welfare.

However Chris and Beverley still rely heavily on donations and contributions from private individuals and other organisations to continue their work.

Paul, who is a retail manager and photographer, said: “My interest in nature and animals has stemmed from Dian Fossey, who is an American zoologist.

“She studied gorilla groups and I was fascinated by her work.

“We currently have Lion Aid on board supporting us in this march.”

For more information, visit www.cannedlion.org or to take part or sponsor the march email, globalmarch forlions@gmail.com.

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  • PaulTully  |  January 08 2014, 5:43PM

    GlosAnarchy - you do not know what you are talking about. Firstly - this is Canned Hunting, you may refer to Trophy or Hunting for Sport, similar but different. Secondly, very little money makes it to local communities, as this report confirms (less than 5% from all those millions) - http://tinyurl.com/op5rupc Thirdly - Hunting has happened in South Africa for years, as has Canned Hunting. Lion numbers have been decimated. Hunting DOES NOT aid conservation efforts, this is a common spin stated by 'hunters' themselves. The African Lion will hopefully be instated on the Endangered Species list this year by CITES .... would this be required if what you say is true? No is the answer. and lastly - predation is when Lions prey on cattle/livestock, the farmers will then retaliate against the lion. Lion Aid are currently working on this very issue. So none of your post is accurate at all. For more information please visit http://tinyurl.com/pvkc6mw & http://tinyurl.com/76den29

  • PaulTully  |  January 08 2014, 5:36PM

    Yes Kay_Powell - I wish it was. The Canned Hunting industry deserves to be highlighted. Thank you for commenting.

  • Kay_Powell  |  January 08 2014, 4:04PM

    The photo should have been the one with the lions in a big cage that appeared in the Citizen today. That would have given people some sort of idea of what the problem was. Basically, it's shooting fish in a barrel, so to speak.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 07 2014, 7:35PM

    And the problem is without much of this canned hunting there would be no wildlife left in SA. The "ranches" where this happens are dependent on the income to make ends meet. It's a fact that growing crops on most land in Africa will lead to desertification and the only way to manage the land and get a good return is to use large herds across massive areas. If they where unable to participate in "canned" hunting then they would not be able to survive the predation from wild animals and would just shoot the lot!

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