For all of you who give tours or talk to people about the plight of the cats, this fact, published by Ian Michler in the Feb. 2009 issue of Africa Geographic is pretty disturbing.
Due to the demand for tiger bone wine, dealers are turning their attention to lion bones in Africa. They find it lucrative to pay 4.000 to shoot a lioness (cheaper than shooting a male who is prized for his mane) and they can sell her bones for 300.00 per kilogram. As many as 30 lionesses at a time have been ordered and shot in a cage to meet the demand.
Another interesting fact in the article is the obvious debunking of the notion that if hunting is permitted and regulated it will protect the animals from poaching. In fact, in 2007 Africa began offering permits to kill white rhino and in addition to the 157 who were killed legally, poaching rose dramatically with 48 carcasses found in the first 18 months. Hunting and farming endangered animals does not protect them from poaching and illegal trade, but rather increases the illegal trade as it becomes easier to move their illegal products in the open under the veil of indistinguishable legal products.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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