Australia's ban on lion hunting trophies

Australia's ban on lion hunting trophies

Johannesburg - The Australian government has been lauded by citizens from around the world, for its ban on lion hunting trophies being brought back into the country. 
The decision was taken in March this year but has recently regained popularity after Cecil the lion was hunted by an American dentist.
Outrage followed last week, when images showing Walter Palmer posing with the decapitated lion was spread on social media. Since then, an innumerable amount of calls has been made against the practice. 
Speaking of the decision in March, Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt said: "It is about raising the most majestic of creatures for a singular purpose and that is to kill them, to shoot them for pleasure and for profit. It is done in inhumane conditions. It is involving things such as raising and then drugging and in many cases, baiting. 

"It is simply not acceptable in our day, in our time, on our watch."

Mr. Hunt said the ban, which will prevent the importation into Australia of African lion parts or remains, was a crack down on the "barbaric practice of canned hunting". 
"Canned hunting is real. It exists. It shouldn't exist," Mr Hunt said at the march.

According to The Telegraph, in February, former Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath faced a storm of criticism after photos of him with dead African wildlife began circulating online. The publication reported that the images were taken in 2008 and showed the sportsman posing with a dead buffalo, two hyenas and the tusks of an elephant. The newspaper quoted Mr. McGrath as saying he deeply regretted being part of a hunting safari in Zimbabwe. He also said that while the hunt was licensed, it was "highly inappropriate".

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