In the year 1997, a journalist named Roger Cook exposed lion farming as operations that promoted trophy hunting by breeding lions specifically to be hunted by poachers. Even though there are several laws in place to help protect wildlife from trophy hunters, the United Kingdom is still finding several hunting trophies being imported into their country. For instance, two animal taxidermy items were imported along with two rug mounts and and four skulls just last year alone.
- Most of the lion parts that have been imported from South Africa are thought to be from lion farms that breed for trophy hunting.
- After a poacher was seen hunting a sleeping lion in Zimbabwe, outrage started to ensue over trophy hunting.
- A journalist named Roger Cook was one of the first individuals to expose lion farms as supporters of trophy hunting.
“The government is facing renewed calls to ban trophy hunting imports of endangered species after 74 rare animal body parts were legally brought into the country by hunters last year, including hippopotamus teeth, elephant ears and crocodile skins.”