Zambia bans hunting of big cats ‘to save tourist industry’
Zambia has banned the hunting of lions and other endangered wild cats because of the dwindling number of big cats.
The country’s tourism minister said there is more value in game viewing tourism than bloodsports.
‘Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry,’ Sylvia Masebo said.
The estimated £2 million that Zambia earned from safari hunting of all its wild animals annually was too little to merit the continued depletion of Zambia’s wildlife, she said.
Why should we lose our animals for £2 million a year? The benefits we get from tourist visits are much higher.
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