Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
14 Sep 2021
2:23 pm

Not a fan of hunting lions? Then you’re not ‘truly African’

Nica Richards

Conservationists and hunting associations are at loggerheads once again, this time over the appointment of a board member who is in support of the 'ranch hunting' of lions.

The appointment of one of the TBCSA board members in question happens to be the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (Phasa) former president, a decision that has put conservationists on edge. Picture for illustration: Blood Lions

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa’s (TBCSA's) recent appointment of a new board of non-executive directors has, according to conservation body Lion Coalition, the potential to bring South Africa’s already shaky tourism industry to its knees.  This is because one of the TBCSA's new board members happens to be the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (Phasa) former president, Dries van Coller.  ALSO READ: Damning findings further expose canned lion industry  This may not seem like a contentious issue to the ordinary citizen, but for conservationists, in lieu of Phasa’s stance on captive lion breeding and hunting (also known...