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NSPCA appalled by NC school’s ‘shoot a lion’ fund-raiser

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The National Council of SPCAs has condemned a Northern Cape private school’s R40,000 “shoot a lion” fund-raising idea.

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THE NATIONAL Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has condemned a Northern Cape private school’s R40,000 “shoot a lion” fund-raising idea.

The animal protection group said they were dismayed after coming across the poster for a planned fund-raiser for a school, Futurum Akademie, near Jan-Kempdorp. The advertisement promoted a game/hunt auction, with the prize being the hunt of a lioness in Tosca valued at R40,000.

The NSPCA said the advertisement for the fund-raiser was both “appalling and deeply concerning”.

Jacques Peacock, from the NSPCA, said that while mounting pressure from animal advocacy groups had managed to persuade the school from hunting a lion, they had substituted that with a hunt for two buffaloes instead.

Peacock said, however, this compromise failed to rectify the fundamental and ethical issues at hand, namely to foster a future where animals were not viewed as mere commodities for human financial gain and rather regarded as “sentient beings” deserving of dignity and respect.

“It is distressing to witness an educational institution, entrusted with shaping the values and attitudes of young minds, engage in such exploitative fund-raising tactics. The NSPCA has long stood against the captive lion industry and has advocated for the welfare of thousands of captive lions for over two decades.

“We unequivocally oppose the hunting of animals for exhibition, entertainment or sport. While acknowledging the role of hunting in South Africa as part of sustainable wildlife management, despite claims of a ‘clean kill’, our experience suggests that such outcomes are rare,” Peacock stressed.

Attempts to get in touch with the contact person listed on the advertisement proved fruitless and no comment was forthcoming.

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