The South African government recently announced legislation that will end canned hunting, the practice of breeding animals in captivity and then releasing them into an enclosed area to be hunted, virtually guaranteeing a successful hunt. Over 50,000 animals were hunted by nearly 7,000 tourists in the 2003–04 season. In South Africa, the industry generates an estimated half a billion dollars annually. While environmentalists allege the legislation does not do enough, breeders say the law will destroy the hunting industry and they will be forced to slaughter many of the 5,000 captive lions in South Africa, as they can’t afford to feed the lions and there is not enough room for them in the wild.
Haughey, Addie, Sarah Melikian and Marcel De Armas “World News.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Fall 2007, 76-77, 90.