The second Cecil: Lion killed in Zimbabwe on World Lion Day
Written by Kendrick Lebron on August 16, 2019
Cape Town, 16.08.2019 – In a highly controversial way of celebrating World Lion Day, a male lion, who was popular with photographers, has been shot by trophy hunters on the outskirts of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
“The killing of Seduli, a lion who frequented photographic areas in and around the Hwange National park, is a tragic act that reminds us about the death of Cecil the lion, which made headlines across the globe. I vividly remember CNN broadcasting live from our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary on the day Cecil died and now, while I was doing interviews about the plight of lions, Seduli was being killed,” says Fiona Miles, director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa.
The Captured in Africa Foundation announced the news Wednesday evening on their Facebook page. According to the foundation’s Director, Drew Abrahamson, despite previous attempts to prevent two two males from being hunted, “Seduli has unnecessarily lost his life at the hands of hunters and Mopani now roams the wilds without his companion”.
“It is incredibly sad to read that another lion in the wild has been killed for entertainment purposes. With around only 22,000 lions left in the wild, it is of great concern: not only will the remaining lion, Mopani, be much more vulnerable to attacks by other lions, it will also potentially lead to a loss of further healthy and strong male genes to future lion generations,” says Miles.
FOUR PAWS launches campaign to end lion exploitation
The FOUR PAWS animal welfare foundation launched the Big Cat Scam campaign in South Africa to put an end, amongst others, to the unnecessary killing of lions. As part of the campaign, they launched the Lion Longevity Oath on World Lion Day, which is a solemn promise from individuals, businesses, organisations and celebrities to never shoot lions, pet lion cubs, walk with big cats or use any lion products. The organisation aims to have 100 000 signatures by the end of 2019 to present to the new minister of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy.
“There are about 3,000 wild lions living in national parks and reserves in South Africa, but between 8,000 and 10,000 lions living in captivity – that in itself raises red flags,” says Miles.