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See the July issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The July issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Captain James Edgar Leach, who was awarded the VC for bravery during the First World War.

Leach, who was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, enlisted in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment, in 1910. (more…)

The ups & downs of the Battle of Britain’s busiest flying ace.

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Saga Magazine in July 2020. 

John Freeborn, a daring Spitfire pilot, overcame tragedy to end the war a hero, notching up more flying hours than any other defending our isles. Lord Ashcroft tells his amazing story as we mark the Battle of Britain’s 80th anniversary.

Wartime stories often contain a mix of tragedy and triumph. However, few pilots can have experienced such a range of emotions as Wing Commander John Freeborn during the Second World War.

A tough, no-nonsense Yorkshireman, Freeborn began the war as the central figure in a ‘friendly fire’ incident that claimed the life of a British airman, yet ended it not only highly decorated but with the distinction of flying more Battle of Britain hours than any other RAF pilot. (more…)

Jeremy Maggs, of South African news channel eNCA, speaks exclusively to Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

In an exclusive interview with Jeremy Maggs, senior journalist for South Africa’s eNCA, Lord Ashcroft talks about the horrors of lion farming, revealed in his new book, Unfair Game – 29 June 2020.
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SA’s captive-breeding shame aired in harrowing UK exposé

By Lord Ashcroft

Article about Unfair Game in South Africa’s The Weekend Post, Herald Live – 28 June 2020.

“Something has gone terribly wrong in a country which I love. I am determined that it must be put right.” Michael Ashcroft’s latest book, Unfair Game, exposes the worst of SA’s macabre captive-breeding lion industry as a high-profile investigation implicates top-tier  authorities, tourist hotspots and border-crossing criminals smuggling lion cubs.

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The disturbing truth about South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry

By Lord Ashcroft

22 June 2020 – Lord Ashcroft’s interview with Canadian Geographic about the shocking revelations in Unfair Game.

Scouted, shot, then sold: almost all captive-bred lions in South Africa face a similar fate. Born to entertain tourists, the lions are eventually killed in canned hunts or skinned for their bones.

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Slaughter Of The Captive Lions Bred To Die In Agony

By Lord Ashcroft

Daily Express serialisation of Unfair Game: An exposé of South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry, by Lord Ashcroft – 20 June 2020.

Tame and often drugged, they are sitting ducks for rich hunters. Then their bones are sold for Chinese ‘medicine’.

A LARGE lion with an impressive dark mane is released into the enclosure and pads slowly past a hunting party without a care in the world. When one of the hunt organisers whistles, it pauses, as if to make itself an even easier target, confirming that, far from being a wild animal, it is entirely used to interacting with humans.

The impact of the first bullet, fired into its front leg at close range from a jeep – despite it being illegal in South Africa to shoot an animal from a vehicle – makes it leap into the air. It then rolls forward, gets up awkwardly, and reels for a few seconds in confused agony as though on hot bricks.

As it scampers off on three legs to hide in the bush, the guide shouts to his client: “Shoot him again!”

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Good Morning Britain interview with Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft talks to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain about his new book, Unfair Game, which investigates South Africa’s illegal lion trade and explores what governments around the world can do stop the illegal bone trade .

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Biteback Chats Books interview with Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

On 16 June 2020, the day of publication of Unfair Game, Lord Ashcroft talks to Biteback Chats Books.

Lord Ashcroft talks to Biteback Chats Books about South Africa’s illegal lion trade, his undercover operations and what governments around the world can do stop the exploitation of lions.

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Iain Dale in conversation with Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

LBC’s Iain Dale chats to Lord Ashcroft about his latest book, Unfair Game.

On 15 June 2020, LBC’s Iain Dale chats with Lord Ashcroft about his latest book, Unfair Game, and the horrors of Lion Farming.

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The horrific truth about big cats bred for conservation

By Lord Ashcroft

On 15 June 2020, James Glancy talks exclusively to Lord Ashcroft about his new book, on the Mail+ Planet SOS.

Selfie tourism, body parts used in medicine and for jewellery, and the appalling practice of big cats drugged for trophy hunters – James Glancy talks exclusively to Lord Ashcroft on Planet SOS about his new book, Unfair Game; An exposé of South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry, which reveals the horrific extent of South Africa’s illegal wildlife trade.

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