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20,000 LIONS ARE BRED FOR BIG GAME HUNTING.

Byline: RUSSELL MYERS

THOUSANDS of lions are being bred in captivity just to be shot dead in the multi-millionpound "canned hunting" industry.

Living in wretched conditions with lionesses forced to breed up to three times a year, many are inbred and unable to fend for themselves.

They are shot in fenced-off areas by hunters who pay up to PS30,000 for a guaranteed kill - most canned hunting trips last just three days with novices shooting up to 15 times.

Wild hunts, like that in which US dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the Zimbabwe research lion, can cost up to PS20,000 more. They can end after 21 days with not a single shot fired.

KILLED Cecil Other tourists are tricked into helping breed canned lions, paying up to PS2,500 to help at "sanctuaries" caring for "orphaned" cubs. There are up to 8,000 lions in captivity, due to soar to around 20,000 by 2020.

The trade, which is not illegal - but described by campaigners as "unethical and immoral" - is exposed in Blood Lions on Discovery Channel, 10pm, Wednesday October 28.

russell.myers@mirror.co.uk

Mum's looking on with pride

HERE'S a cub with big ideas, ready to lead from the front. But mum is close behind keeping an eye on him and his sibling lions. Photographer Hendri Venter took the pics in Kruger Park, South Africa.

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Date:Oct 10, 2015
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