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Complainant Name:
Antelope Park

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times

Complaint:

Ms Maureen Lammers, PR Manager for Antelope Park in Zimbabwe, complained that the newspaper inaccurately claimed that lions raised at the park had been sold to big-game-hunting operations to be shot for sport. In fact, one of the preconditions of the export permits were that the lions could not be used for “canned hunting”. The complainant was also concerned about other, less significant, inaccuracies such as the suggestion that the lions were being bred for release into the wild (rather than a fenced, managed eco-system), and that Antelope Park employed tourists and students as guides.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the article from its website and published the following apology:

An article "African lion encounters: a bloody con" (Travel, Feb 10) said that as many as 59 lion cubs raised at Antelope Park, in Zimbabwe, had been sold to big-game hunting operations to be shot for sport. We accept that the owners of the Park never have and never will intentionally sell lions for "canned" hunting. Since the current owners acquired the property in 1987, 47 lions have been sold and there was a pre-condition on all the export permits that they could not be used for canned hunting. We regret any impression that Antelope Park co-operated in the supply of animals for hunting.

Report: 77



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