Outcry Over Killing of Lion Prompts PETA to Call for an End to Hunting Near National Park
Harare — As people around the world condemn the killing of a lion named Mopane at the Antoinette farm on the border of Hwange National Park, PETA founder, Ingrid Newkirk, sent a letter this morning to Dr. Fulton Mangwanya, the director general of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, calling on him to prohibit hunting on the Antoinette farm’s land and hold its operators accountable for profiteering from unchecked cruelty.
PETA notes that Mopane’s killing echoes the infamous killing of Cecil the lion. According to reports, both were baited out of Hwange, where hunting is illegal, and onto Antoinette’s land. They were then shot by American trophy hunters. Both lions evidently languished in severe pain for hours before they died, leaving the surviving members of their prides vulnerable to social disruption and death.
“The world is watching one beloved lion after another endure slow, agonizing deaths just outside the safety of Hwange National Park,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on wildlife officials to stop the Antoinette farm from turning the park’s border into a graveyard for some of Zimbabwe’s most iconic animals.”
Hunters kill millions of animals every year and have contributed to the extinction of species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger. Unlike natural predators, who kill primarily sick and weak individuals, trophy hunters specifically seek out large, healthy animals who are needed to keep populations strong and to maintain the integrity of social groups.
Ingrid’s letter to Mangwanya is available to read here.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.