Animals 'Bred To Be Killed' For As Little As £170 On Trophy Hunting Experience
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These pictures show how a South African hunting farm are 'breeding animals' which are then shot by hunters who pay as little as £170 ($200), it is claimed.
Imberba Rakia have posted pictures on their Facebook page showing cubs being fed what looks like raw meat. The Sun reported how it is believed that a number of big cats are bred there to be killed by hunters who pay for the 'experience'.
According to their website, people can pay as little as $200 (£170) to shoot jackal. Ostrich will set you back $650 (£540) and the most expensive on the long list is cape buffalo at $12,500 (£10,300), with hippopotamus matching that price.
The site also states that leopards, lions, elephants, rhinoceros and tigers will be 'quoted on request depending on availability, quotas, permits and export requirements'.
Speaking to The Sun, Eduardo Goncalves of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, said: "Imberba Rakia is breeding tigers, lions and other big cats such as cheetahs and leopards, many of which could be killed by trophy hunters in enclosures just for fun."
Mr Goncalves continued: "Big cat factory farming in South Africa is a booming industry. It's a disgusting trade that cruelly exploits wild animals from cradle to grave.
"Cubs are torn from their mothers when they're just a few hours old so she can become pregnant again as quickly as possible.
"When they get older they're shot for entertainment and their bones sold off to shady dealers who ship the bones to the far East where they're turned into fake medicines.
"Incredibly, all of this is legal. CITES - the international authority supposed to protect endangered animals - allows trophy hunters to shoot critically endangered animals.
"There are no laws in South Africa banning tiger farming so you literally have some people running tiger breeding businesses in their back yards."
He added: "The images of these tiny tiger cubs are heart-rending. Little do they know the terrible fate that awaits them. They have no idea that one day many of them will end up as just another 'souvenir' above some sick hunter's fireplace.
"This is the modern trophy hunting industry. This is why we have to shut it down right away. Breeding lions in cages to shoot for 'sport' and to sell their bones to traffickers is bad enough. To do this with tigers, who are on the brink of extinction, is simply criminal.
"Trophy hunting is sick and cruel. Shooting caged animals for pleasure is the most cowardly and vile thing you could possibly do. Killing wildlife that is critically endangered just for kicks is utter insanity."
Another picture on the Imberba Rakia page shows a giraffe that has been gunned down alongside the caption: "Another great giraffe taken. All meat was used for the lions on imberba rakia."
LADbible has approached Imberba Rakia for a comment.