Lion Hunting will continue in South Africa
I just heard that the high court in South Africa struck down the proposed regulations that would have increased the release period for captive bred lions from 6 months to two (2) years before the lions can be hunted.
The game ranchers who raise lions, and the various outfitters equipped to support lion hunts in RSA, argued strenuously against the regulatory change.
I have in the past said that if the property is sufficiently large for the animal to allude the hunters (I would put that at roughly 10,000 acres or more) then there is a conservation benefit to lion hunting in South Africa. People still have the opportunity to hunt lions without escalating the price to the point were only the richest people can afford to hunt the remaining completely free-roaming populations of lion and it will take some pressure of the lions in those areas where they can be hunted.
I am not suggesting that its right for me, or for everyone, but I think it has a legitimate place in the modern hunting arena. If its ok to high fence other game and hunt, then I fail to see the distinction. Others will certainly disagree.
But I do find it interesting that after most people thought the decision was certain to uphold the proposed regulations, the arguments in favor of the existing lion hunting regulations swayed the Court.
So what do you think, is this good or bad for the future of lion hunting, or safari hunting in general?