Two South African hunting groups that are proponents of canned lion hunting have lost an appeal to retain their membership to Europe’s top hunting organization, and have been thrown out of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation for breach of policy.
“The expulsion of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) and Confederation of Hunting Associations of South Africa (CHASA) is considered the strongest rejection of South Africa’s hunting policies, as well as of bodies which support canned lion or captive-bred lion shooting operations which are widely regarded as unethical and unsportsmanlike,” noted an article posted by the Conservation Action Trust.
The news follows a policy reversal by the hunting organizations in November 2017 to support the captive lion hunting industry, and permit membership of those who participate in the practice of captive bred lion shooting.
“Both organizations had exercised their rights of appeal in accordance with the statutes, but failed in their bid to be reinstated,” Tamás Marghescu, Director General of the International Council stated in the article noting that the decision was made on May 4th at the 65th General Assembly that was held in Madrid. “An appeal was heard concerning the decision by the executive committee to expel the two organizations. The members decided by 114 votes to 3 that the organizations were in breach of policies and the expulsion was confirmed.”
In September 2016, the executive committee of International Council adopted the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which called on the South African government to terminate the hunting of captive-bred lions.
At the time, that decision was reportedly widely welcomed by hunting organizations with Danene Van der Westhuyzen, chairperson of the Operators and Professional Hunters Associations of Africa and Vice President of the Namibian Professional Hunters Association, claiming that the ruling “shows a movement towards unity, but even more so, that hunters condemn any such unethical practices.”
There is nothing “ethical” about hunting and killing animals, period.