Target: Senzeni Zakwana, South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
Goal: Seek legal punishment for man starving lions in a cruel breeding farm for animals to be hunted for trophies.
Ingogo Safaris in South Africa is a trophy hunting range and breeding farm for animals such as lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceroses. It is self-described on its website as a “supremely comfortable lodge” where they “cater for the corporate businessman… mindful of the need to bag as many of his listed trophies as he can.” Animals are kept confined and underfed for nearly their entire lives. They are released for one day, straight to a bullet from a foreign businessman’s gun.
This “resort” was visited by a neighbor on a nearby property, who took pictures of the more than 250 captive lions and sent them to the CEO of the Captured in Africa Foundation. The foundation then shared the photos and brought attention to the issue. Photos were also taken over two years ago by volunteers working to help the animals, which were still so visibly undernourished that their hipbones protruded from their thin bodies.
The man running this horrific operation, Walter Slippers, was recently investigated and let off with a warning. He is under some investigation, but not enough for the degree of cruelty and abuse shown on this inhumane killing resort. Please sign the petition below to demand justice for the animals starved and killed for trophies in this cruel operation.
Dear Minister Zakwana,
The canned hunting operation run by Ingogo Safaris has been exposed for neglectful acts toward animals kept there, and the owner of the business must be prosecuted for his actions. The breeding animals are kept confined for their entire lives, forced to breed again and again without freedom. Their children are taken, groomed to look “ideal,” and are killed by wealthy hunters for trophies.
This practice is cruel and inhumane, but unfortunately still legal in South Africa. Hopefully someday that will change as well, but even under this system the practices of Ingogo Safari still violate animal rights and show excessive cruelty subject to legal punishment. Over 250 lions are kept there, most of them found to be undernourished and wasting away. Photos show that their underfed condition was maintained for no less than two years.
The man guilty of running this cruel business is Walter Slippers, one of many businessmen exploiting hundreds of animals for this barbaric tourism industry. Justice for the animals already abused and killed can never be truly accomplished, but I am urging you to prevent further abuse of this sort by punishing this man for his inhumane treatment of these animals and revoking his privilege to run such an operation again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Drew Abrahamson