Bred for slaughter

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  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013

Farming cats: Farms in South Africa are breeding big cats for trophy hunting. Breeders say it is better that hunters shoot a captive-bred lion than a wild but conservationists and animal welfare groups dispute this.

Canned hunting is a fast-growing business in South Africa, where thousands of lions are being bred on farms to be shot by wealthy foreign trophy-hunters.

THEY are adorably cute, with grubby brown fur so soft it seems to slip through my fingers like flour. It is only when one of the nine-week-old cubs playfully grabs my arm with its teeth and squeezes with an agonising grip that I remember – this is a lion, a wild animal.

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