Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

March Against Lion Trophy Hunting

On Saturday, 30th April 2016, over 800 people took to the streets of London for a protest march against lion trophy hunting. 

The event was organised by a coalition of wildlife protection charities consisting of Born Free Foundation, IFAW, Lion Aid, Four Paws & Save Me.

The march started in Cavendish Square Gardens with speeches from Mark Jones (Born Free), Chris MacSween (Lion Aid) & wildlife protection campaigner & broadcaster Anneka Svenska. Making it's way down Oxford & Regents Street across Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square to Trafalgar Square, the march halted outside of the South African Embassy. At this point Dominic Dyer (Born Free) led the crowd in calling on the South African Government to shut down the canned lion hunting business in South Africa and to support calls for the up listing of lions to the most endangered species status commercial trade in lions and parts and products derived from them to be banned at the upcoming CITES conference in South Africa in September.

Leaving the South African Embassy, the march carried on down Whitehall to Downing Street. Speaking from a stage opposite Downing Street, the founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE, addressed the crowd with a moving & passionate speech about why we must stand up to protect Africa's remaining wild lions and why all hunting of these beautiful & majestic animals must cease.

Following Virginia's speech Pieter Kat from Lion Aid, actor James Cosmo, Jean Lambert MEP & Dominic Dyer from the Born Free Foundation all took to the stage calling for greater protection of lions & the end of trophy hunting. Musical entertainment was also provided by the singer songwriters Rumur and Duke.

Following the speeches Virginia McKenna heading led a delegation of representatives from all the supporting charities into Downing Street to deliver a letter for Prime Minister David Cameron calling for a stop to all lion trophy imports into the UK.

The letter (which was also printed in the Times) was supported by leading scientists, conservationists & public figures including Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Jane Goodall, Brigitte Bardot, Joanna Lumley, Paul O'Grady & Dr Brian May.

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