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Australia bans imports of lion hunting trophies

FOUR PAWS urges the European Union and the USA to follow this precedent



MELBOURNE, February 13, 2015 – Today Australia banned the import of lion body parts to prevent hunters from bringing home lion hunting trophies. This first-of-its-kind ban sets a global precedent for the protection of African lions. International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the ban and calls on the United States and the European Union, the two largest importers of lion hunting trophies, to follow suit.


The ban was announced by Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, at the FOUR PAWS sponsored Global March for Lions event in Melbourne on Friday evening 7pm local time. The ban is a response to community outrage over canned lion hunting in South Africa and takes immediate effect.

“In canned hunting, captive bred lions that are habituated to humans are shot in small enclosures with no chance of escape. Up to 1.000 lions are killed in this barbaric industry every year,” Wim Dekok from FOUR PAWS said.


Mr. Dekok explained, “Between 2010 and 2013, 91 lions and lion body parts were imported to Australia. This contrasts with an average of 400 per year to the USA and 200 per year to EU Member States between 2007 and 2012, which explains why it is so important for these countries to follow Australia’s example. As captive bred lions have no legal protection in South Africa, the Australian decision brings hope to animals in the unethical South African lion industry and to the last remaining majestic big cats living in the wild.”


Australia’s decision means that the maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences of 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $170,000 for individuals and $850,000 for corporations now applies to the illegal importation of lion hunting trophies.

“These new rules mean that if you go overseas and engage in the appalling act of canned hunting, you can forget about bringing your lion trophies back to Australia. You don’t deserve the right to celebrate the slaughter of these amazing creatures.”, Minister Hunt said in an official statement.


FOUR PAWS congratulates For the Love of Wildlife, MP Jason Wood and Environment Minister Greg Hunt for championing this cause in Australia and will continue its international campaign to end canned hunting in South Africa. FOUR PAWS’ Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK offers refuge for rescued lions from breeding or hunting farms. Today, over 90 big cats reside at the LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary.