- Is there live and recorded video from the event? Yes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/travelindaba/videos
- Is there a directory of exhibitors?
- How is the wi-fi at the @DurbanICC
- Where are your favorite apps, websites, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn pages and Facebook pages focusing on South African tourism?
- What would locals like visitors to know about Durban?
- Will 2018 be the year when South Africa’s Indaba Travel Conference pays attention to captive lion breeding and canned hunting?
Excerpts from the Blood Lions Press Release
In 2016, Sisa Ntshona, CEO of the body, claimed that “South African Tourism does not promote or endorse any interaction with wild animals such as petting of wild cats, interacting with elephants and walking with lions, cheetahs and so on.” At the World Travel Market (WTM) held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre earlier this year, a debate was also delivered by Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) about how unethical tourism activities, that promote human-animal interaction, are contributing towards the destruction of our wildlife. Thus it came as a surprise to see exhibitioners promoting these interaction activities at Travel Indaba, and even more so when Travel Indaba demanded HSI-Africa and Blood Lions to leave.
There are between 6,000 and 12,000 lions suffering in captivity (legally) and endure a vicious cycle of suffering. At birth, lion cubs are removed from their mothers to offer them for petting and as living photo props for paying volunteers. Thereafter they are portrayed as “orphaned” lions to walk with in their “natural environments”. Lions bred in captivity cannot be released back into the wild, so when they are no longer cute and cuddly, these lions are killed for the bone trade or sold to be killed by trophy hunters in “canned” lion hunts. In line with a special CITES annotation, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) issued an annual export quota of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons. Yes, this cruel trade is legal in South Africa.
HSI-Africa and Blood Lions will continue to promote ethical tourism at Travel Indaba 2018. It is important for tourists, citizens and travel organisations to know the truth about captive lion breeding in South Africa. The organisations are calling upon tour operators to pledge not to promote activities involving human-animal interaction. Over 100 tour operators have already signed this pledge. To find out more or to support HSI-Africa and Blood Lions in their fight against lion exploitation, visit http://www.hsi.org/issues/trophy_hunting/facts/lion-exploitation.html or www.bloodlions.org.