Thandeka Safaris withdraws lion hunt after threats against owner

The owner of Thandeka Safaris came under fire recently for offering a lion hunting package as part of an auction to raise funds for the South African Predator Association (Sapa).

Company owner Tommy van Vuuren says the female lion on offer was very old and because euthanasia is not allowed, they felt the hunt was the best option.

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In the North West province, we are not allowed to euthanize any lions. You don't get any permit to euthanize lions so for us, it was about revenue for Sapa and they would use it to uplift the industry.

Tommy van Vuuren, Owner - Thandeka Safaris

Van Vuuren has since withdrawn the hunt because of the threats he's been receiving.

People have been threatening me and my family, so I felt an animal life is not worth putting my family's life at risk.

Tommy van Vuuren, Owner - Thandeka Safaris

People have been telling me that animal life is more valuable than human life. They've been telling me they will send people to kill me and rape my children.

Tommy van Vuuren, Owner - Thandeka Safaris

I would rather withdraw it and maybe people would leave me alone.

Tommy van Vuuren, Owner - Thandeka Safaris

Van Vuuren is adamant that the money from the hunt was going to be used to reinforce the fencing around the area and to take good care of the animals.

To hear the rest of the conversation with van Vuuren, listen below:


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