Cecil the Lion’s son, Xanda, has been killed by a Trophy hunter in Zimbabwe just two years after Cecil was killed, causing a global outcry. Unfortunately, the practice is still legal.

Xander was killed just outside the Hwange National Park and was wearing an electronic collar to monitor his movements. Zimbabwean private hunter Richard Cooke organised the hunt but has not revealed the identities of his clients. Lion shooters are normally from the US, UK, Germany or South Africa and pay tens of thousands of pounds to attend shoots.

Andrew Loveridge from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University told the Guardian: “I fitted [the collar] last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that.

“Xanda was one of these gorgeous Kalahari lions, with a big mane, big body, beautiful condition – a very, very lovely animal. Personally, I think it is sad that anyone wants to shoot a lion, but there are people who will pay money to do that.”

Loveridge has proposed a 5km no-hunting zone around the Hwange National Park to stop kills of animals just outside the park. He said: “It is something we have suggested for years but there is a lot of resistance because a lot of the hunting happens right on the boundary, because that is where the animals are. The photo-tourism operators in Hwange are very keen to have that discussion. They are annoyed that this has happened.”

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  1. Mike Crawley on July 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Re The article about Xanda killed by trophy hunter. Please publicize, world wide, the fact that the skin/head of a dead lion is nothing to be proud of – it is the badge of A SICK COWARD. There is nothing difficult or dangerous – the lion cannot shoot back and has no opportunity for self defence. Shooting bottles on a wall is more dangerous.

    A separate comment on the article – The last line needs some serious thought!
    “If you ENJOYED this, then you may also like…”
    Seriously inappropriate phrase. Please change it very urgently before VEGAN LIFE is ridiculed out of existence. INTERESTED maybe but only a warped mind would enjoy such waste.
    Mike C

    • VeganLife on August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We understand that the wording there may appear inappropriate — it is a standard wording which is built into the website and therefore wasn’t written at the end of the article but looking back on this we see what you mean. We will look into this.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our article. Kindest, Vegan Life

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