Wildlife

Harrowing exposé of lion abattoirs reads like a crime thriller

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Business Day on 30 July 2020.

Michael Ashcroft sends former members of the Special Forces on a secret mission to infiltrate the business of bones in ‘Unfair Game’ South Africans have a remarkable talent for frothing with indignant bluster over outrageous events, then fading into apathy before any real change occurs. We do it with everything — rape, murder and rampant looting — with each fresh case hailed as the turning point sure to trigger some legal or behavioural epiphany. Except it never does.

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Selina MacKenzie in conversation with Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft talks to Selina MacKenzie, of Talk Radio Europe, about his latest 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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Bruce Whitfield talks to Lord Ashcroft about Unfair Game

By Lord Ashcroft

In an interview with Bruce Whitfield, of 702’s The Money Show in South Africa, Lord Ashcroft discusses his new book, Unfair Game, and the reasons that prompted him to write it.

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Unfair Game released in South Africa, 15 July 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

RELEASED IN SOUTH AFRICA 15 JULY 2020

Please click HERE to view the YouTube film linked to the book that reveals the shocking revelations from the investigation into captive-bred lion farming in South Africa.

15th July 2020 – South Africa has long been regarded as a conservation champion and a nation deeply committed to the ongoing protection of its wilderness areas and the iconic wildlife species that call them home. However, these are challenging times for the “Rainbow Nation” as its game reserves and national parks battle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown that has devastated valuable revenue streams derived from eco-tourism.

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Lion cubs to bones – Africa Geographic interview Lord Ashcroft about ‘UNFAIR GAME’

By Lord Ashcroft

Q&A with Lord Ashcroft about the captive lion trade and his book ‘UNFAIR GAME.’

There can never be any reason or justification to breed lions for tourist cub petting and adolescent lion walking, canned/other hunting or the bone trade. This ugly, cruel, morally bankrupt and biodiversity-destructive industry has to be shut down. One man who is out there fighting to stop this industry is Lord Ashcroft – international businessman, philanthropist, author, and pollster.

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Kevin O’Sullivan, of talkRADIO, speaks to Lord Ashcroft about Unfair Game

By Lord Ashcroft

Kevin O’Sullivan interviews Lord Ashcroft for talkRADIO, discussing his latest book, ‘Unfair Game’, which reveals the dark truth about South Africa’s shameful, large-scale, captive-bred lion farming industry, and the illegal exportation of lion bones for the black market.

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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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