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Canned hunt lions' bones used to produce bogus sex potions

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Originally Posted: June 28, 2012

Canned hunt lions' bones used to produce bogus sex potions

FROM AVAAZ

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A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize -- the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for "canned hunting", where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony 'medicine' makers in Asia for record profits.

We need to show South African President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa's image as a tourist destination so he will ban and punish the trade in lion bones.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_lion_slaughter_for_sex_aides_d/?bfkKEab&v=15569

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
President
356 Madiba Street (formerly Vermeulen Street)
Midtown Building
Pretoria
Private Bag X745
South Africa, 0001
Online contact: http://www.info.gov.za/feedback/web.htm

President Zuma
c/o South African Embassy in the U.S.
3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
phone (202) 232-4400
fax (202) 265-1607
media@saembassy.org

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. But we can stop this cruel trade by hitting the government where it hurts -- the tourism industry.

A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize -- the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for "canned hunting", where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony 'medicine' makers in Asia for record profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions -- with only 20,000 left in Africa -- will come under poaching attack.

If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa's image as a tourist destination, he could ban and punish the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 1 million petition signers to give the ads their force.


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