CACH slams SA lion hunting

The organisation kicked-off its South African leg of the global march against canned lion hunting on Saturday.

Animal rights organisation Campaign Against Canned Hunting kicked-off its South African leg of the global march against canned lion hunting on Saturday 15 March 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Animal rights organisation Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) says it wants to see an end to the legalised hunting of wild lions in South Africa.

The organisation kicked-off its South African leg of the global march against canned lion hunting on Saturday.

Thousands of participants gathered in 10 cities across the country to raise awareness against the practice, which is reported to be killing more than 1,000 lions a year in South Africa.

The organisation says the lions deserve as much recognition as that given to rhino poaching.

The CACH's Chris Mercer says, "So that works out to about the same number of rhino that are poached. Wild lions are heading for extinction and there are more than 8,000 captive bread lions in South Africa waiting to be shot."