Which African Country Has Banned Trophy Hunting?

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In the wake of the sickening shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, Botswana has made it clear that killing animals for “sport” is not welcome within its borders.

Lion in profile

A government spokesperson from the country, which borders South Africa and Zimbabwe, explained why it’s taking a stance against trophy hunters such as the American dentist who shot Cecil with a bow and arrow last week.

It is our stern belief that safari hunting of threatened species such as lions has the potential to undermine our regional anti-poaching efforts as it encourages illegal trade which in turn promotes poaching.

He added:

Last year we also moved to close any loopholes in the export of our lions etc for canned hunting in your country (South Africa) or elsewhere.

Botswana has set a wonderful example for how governments can take real action to help animals. And in more good news in the campaign against hunting, airlines such as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are banning the transport of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo “trophies” (ie, body parts) worldwide as freight. This will make it much more difficult for hunters to fly home the decapitated heads of the animals they’ve murdered.

It can be easy to feel despair about humanity when you see grotesque pictures showing hunters posing with the dead bodies of beautiful animals they have shot. But as the massive online reaction to Cecil the lion’s story has shown, these sick individuals are massively outnumbered by the hundreds of thousands of compassionate people all over the world who know that animals’ lives matter and who would never kill for sport.

And together, we are making progress towards getting animals the protections they deserve.

Please help! Send a message to the Presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe urging them to follow Botswana’s lead by banning canned hunting in their countries.


  • Sylvia Tempest - Jones commented on August 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Who’s life is worth a moments pleasure.

  • Cherryll Motlib commented on August 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Please , please ,please STOP trophy killings of all animals. Trophy killing’s are pure evil. The people who do this disgusting cowardly killings are evil. I hope they go to hell were they belong (sooner than later) I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but I am so saddened when I see photo’s of them with the trophy animals of all kinds. I beg of you to help stop trophy killings. Thank you.

  • Paula Grant commented on August 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Your beautiful country needs these beautiful animals. They are your national treasures..you should be protecting them for the world to enjoy.. Make a stand be proud of what you have and protect all your wildlife.. No animal should be raised to be hunted and your wildlife should be there to enjoyed

  • Lina Burkholder commented on August 5, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    We ask you to make trophy hunting for any kind of animal Illegal. It is cruel and serves no purpose other than to satisfy the need to murder animals by a small group of people.

  • Susan Holmes commented on August 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Please ban any form of hunting and cruelty towards any animals, if it happens then deal with the guilty party,you have wonderful wildlife let’s keep it that way. Thank you 😀

  • Gejo commented on August 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    It is utterly disgusting that people still go hunting. I also think trying to keep Cecil’s head to show people as tribute is wrong. It will be like showing the hunter’s trophy.
    hunting should be banned anywhere in the world. They are helping to destroy a planet that belongs to all of us. By saying ‘us’ I include animals too!

  • Sue Mulcare-Dowers commented on August 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

    PlPlease, please for God’s sake, please stop all this killing of God’s creatures. Ask them if they would like to be hunted and killed!!!! Hate them with a passion.

  • john white commented on August 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Tribute to Cecil The Lion

    A noble soul departs this world,
    Its spirit free, with wings unfurled.
    Soars up on high to heaven above,
    There bathed in joy and endless love.

    And from that place, the scene below
    Of blood and severed head on show,
    Makes Angels weep and turn away
    `Til all is judged on Judgement Day.

    What sickened mind, for recreation
    Delights in slaying God`s creation?
    And kills not for defense or food
    But to satisfy a selfish mood.

    His fake regrets with measured guile,
    As inauthentic as his smile.
    The Universal Law called Karma
    Now sets its sights on Walter Palmer.

    And so the hunter becomes the prey,
    His hateful arrows gone astray.
    His ego pierced, a wretched disgrace,
    He made the world a darker place

    Such heartless people fail to see,
    That life is precious to you and me.
    And he who takes our lives away
    Shall have a heavy price to pay.

    Your passing Cecil was not in vain,
    The World unites in grief and pain.
    You`ve woken up the Human Race,
    You`ve held a mirror to our face.

    So Death should hold no fear for thee.
    To Heaven`s door you have the key.
    No fear, no pain, reborn anew.
    Farewell dear Cecil – may God bless you.

    By [email protected]

    • Anne commented on August 11, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thank you so much for the beautiful poem, John. We would love to share it on our social media pages if that’s ok with you?

      • john white commented on August 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Yes that`s fine. You can post it and share it wherever you wish.

        John x

      • Anne commented on August 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Thank you so much John. I’ve also sent you an email 🙂

    • T.delpizzo commented on August 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Beautiful poem John , I saw it today on River bluff review site which unfortunately seems to be open today. You sir have a pure heart, wish there were more people in this world like you, thank you

    • Peter J. Brandstaetter commented on January 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      What a beautiful Poem John!! Do you mind, if I shared it on Facebook?

  • eoinindahouze commented on August 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Well done Botswana!

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    There can be benefits to trophy hunting!!!!

  • john white commented on March 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    thats fine peter. share it where you wish

  • Susan Rankine commented on March 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Botswana has NOT banned hunting, it is only banned on public land not privately owned ranch. There are plenty of companies still advertising hunting holidays to this country. We are fed up with Botswana getting positive press when in fact they still allow hunting.

  • Herman commented on May 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hunting if managed and regulated will preserve natural environments and sustain the local population. It is a natural resource that needs to utilized in a sustainable manner. Remove hunting and agricultural practices will replace and eradicate wildlife. What happened to Cecil was criminal, wrong and should never allowed to occur again. But to become swept away in an emotional tide is not going to help Africa in any way.

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