Fears of a rise in poaching as Asian traders look for alternatives to tigers as a source of ingredients for traditional medicine
Koos Hermanus would rather not give names to the lions he breeds. So here, behind a 2.4-metre high electric fence, is 1R, a three-and-a-half-year-old male, who consumes 5kg of meat a day and weighs almost 200kg. It will only leave its enclosure once it has been “booked”’ by a hunter, most of whom are from the United States. At that point the big cat will be set loose in the wild for the first time in its life, 96 hours before the hunt begins. It usually takes about four days to track down the prey, with the trophy hunter following its trail on foot, accompanied by big-game professionals including Hermanus. He currently has 14 lions at his property near Groot Marico, about two and a half hours by road west of Johannesburg.
After the kill Hermanus will be paid $10,000, but he can boost his earnings further by selling the lion’s bones to a Chinese dealer based in Durban. At $165 a kilo (an average figure obtained from several sources) the breeder will pocket something in the region of $5,000.
Help Stop Anti-Semitism in 4 Simple Steps
Incidents of anti-Semitism are rising around the world — from neo-Nazi graffiti sprayed on synagogues throughout Europe to the bombing of a bus full of Jewish tourists in Bulgaria. One of the fastest-growing arenas for anti-Semitism is the Internet, where people can post hateful slurs and rhetoric without identifying themselves, and without much consequence — until now.
Each month we will provide simple steps you can take to combat hate speech online. This month we’re targeting a Facebook page full of hateful comments about both America and Israel. Follow the four steps below to help get this page reported — and hopefully removed.
Together let’s let our actions toward justice and peace speak louder than their words of hate.
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