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Britons are being offered the chance to shoot elephants and lions at knock-down prices. The “special offer” is a desperate bid to bring big-game hunters back to Africa following the pandemic.
Covid hit the industry hard because tourists from the UK and USA were unable to fly into South Africa.
One firm, Discount African Hunts, is offering trophy hunters the chance to kill a male lion for £4,500.
One advert states: “Last-minute deal. Free-range elephant in South Africa. Up to 30 must be taken by the end of March 2022. $23,000. Book now, this deal won’t last long”.
The company offering the cut-price deals is run by John Martins from Florida. He boasts on his website he is a life-long hunter and has shot dead more than 40 different African animals.
When contacted by us he refused to answer questions and said: “Go speak to your government on the stupid things they are doing with wildlife.”
Mark Jones, a vet and Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation, called trophy hunting “a cruel relic of a colonial era”.
He said: “Offering threatened wild animals to trophy hunters at a ‘discount’ to drum up business is particularly cynical.”