By Rhino Girl
Of the world’s most popular travel destinations, South Africa ranked #21. Tourism supports 1 out of every 12 jobs in South Africa, in total contributing 9% to the total GDP (gross domestic product).
Among the top ten travel hot spots within the country, half are eco-tourism destinations, including the #1 ranked Kruger National Park.
Understandably, the government aims to increase its tourism industry, in turn fueling the economy.
According to the S.A. tourism director, Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, “Going forward, we would like to contribute half a trillion rand into South Africa’s economy and create 225,000 jobs (in tourism) by 2020.”
With that being said, “Why doesn’t the government take a stronger stand on poaching and conservation?”
The cover page on the South Africa tourism site shows “The Big Five” under the photo of a lion. Ironic considering that although lions are listed as threatened, SA is home to the shameful atrocity of canned hunts. (see: Shooting Fish in a Barrel)
There are now officially more lions in captivity than in the wild. From 2006 to 2011, canned hunts of lions increased by a whopping 122%, with no signs of slowing. In the last 6 years, the number of farm lions has grown by 250%.
Is anything being done to stop this? It would appear not. In 2010 the South African Supreme Court struck down a law which would have restricted the practice. More....