Cecil, the lion famously shot and wounded by American dentist Walter Palmer in July 2015, and then shot, killed, skinned and beheaded for trophies two days later. (Flickr/VJOSullivan)The owner of African Events Canada says the Animal Justice threats forced a hotel — where the show was originally scheduled to take place — to cancel the booking. Birgit Johnstone says animal rights activists don't understand that trophy hunting has economical and ecological benefits for the local population in Africa. "Trophy hunting brings in more money than plain meat hunting because you have the trophy hunter who pays for his trophy, pays for accommodation, pays for his flights, pays staff tips, pays for other excursions in the country and taxidermy work and that's just him," Johnstone said. Without trophy hunting, she said, the locals would turn to poaching to earn a living.
Animal Justice spokeswoman Anna Pippus called those claims "outrageous." "It's hard to know where to start. If they're serious about wanting to protect animals they should start by not killing them," she said. African Events Canada had to find a new venue for a second show set for Saskatoon on Jan. 23-24 after a similar petition by Animal Justice led to the cancellation of the event by the Saskatoon Inn, Johnston said. A third show is scheduled to take place in Calgary on Jan. 30-31.
"If they're serious about wanting to protect animals they should start by not killing them."
The owner of African Events Canada, which is putting on an upcoming trophy hunting show in Vaughn, Ont., said threats of protest by Animal Justice forced one hotel to cancel the show. (Animal Justice/Facebook)
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