In perhaps one of the biggest blows yet to the canned lion hunt industry, the U.S. will no longer permit the importation of canned trophies into the country.
"Today, I'm proud to announce decisions regulating the import of sport-hunted lion trophies under the ESA [Endangered Species Act] from South Africa - home to many of the remaining wild lion populations," Dan Ashe, U.S. Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, wrote in a Huffington Post op-ed announcing the regulation. "Beginning today, the United States will not allow the import of lion trophies taken from captive lion populations in South Africa."
Every year, thousands of lions are kept locked up in "canned hunt" facilities in South Africa and other African countries. The mothers are bred constantly, having their hours-old cubs snatched away from them as soon as they're born so they can be forced to produce a new litter.