This is Millionaire Banker, Tory Advisor and member and supporter of Countryside Alliance Sir David Scholey.
He is one of many wealthy individuals who are willing to spend in excess of £60,000 for the privilege of shooting a lion in South Africa. These lions are bred to be shot in so called canned hunting operations which have grown significantly in South Africa over the last decade.
They breed the lions from cubs often bringing in tourist to play and walk with them boasting on their conservation work. The young animals are then prepared to be released into shooting areas where they will be brought out via meat baits in front of the guns of so called trophy hunters. In many cases the shooters will have been drinking and will blast wounding the animal many times before its killed.
Some operations even allow the use of high powered bow and arrows to kill lions. To make matters worse the hunt operations will provide the head and skin of the lion for use as a rug and a wall trophy and keep the bones which they will then sell into the Asian medicine trade at great profit.
This trade is leading to a huge increase in the poaching of wild lions across Africa (little over 200,000 left). None of this seems to worry Mr Scholey who seems very proud of his kill.
The Countryside Alliance and US National Rifle Associations are vey happy for their members to participate in these trophy hunts despite the obvious cruelty and its impact on the future of a threatened species. Next time the Countryside Alliance start attacking the RSPCA don't forget to ask them when will they throw out African trophy hunters from their membership like David Scholey.
Note: there is now a petition to have his knighthood removed please sign here (thanks Darren Cooper http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-remove-sir-david-scholey-s-knighthood
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According to an Angus Reid Global Survey in October 2013, seven in 10 Canadians support Snowden, and many of the documents that have been leaked pertain to Canada.
Among the main ones:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/whistleblower-edward-snowden-s-impact-on-canada-1.2546624
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