The press reported that a lion named Xanda was shot and killed by trophy hunters when he roamed outside the protected area of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Trophy hunting tours are nothing more than pre-packaged slaughter tours for small, cruel people. Xanda – who was only 6 years old when he was mercilessly gunned down – was the eldest surviving cub of Cecil, whose own death at the hands of trophy hunters in 2015 was met with global condemnation. Lions have lost 90 per cent of their overall population in the last 100 years, and Xanda is now sadly a part of that statistic.
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While Xanda’s killing was reportedly legal because he was over 6 years old and had strayed outside the national park, trophy and all forms of hunting are utterly immoral, and it’s high time that the barbaric practice was banned for good.
Canned hunts are big business in Africa, where wealthy private landowners allow hunters to pay to kill not only lions but also elephants, leopards, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, deer, and antelope – many of them rare or endangered. Because these animals are usually kept in fenced enclosures, they never stand a chance of escaping, fighting back, or surviving, and many endure a prolonged, painful death when not killed outright.
Please send a quick message to the President of Zimbabwe asking him to stop allowing heartless foreigners to murder Africa’s wildlife.