Respect for dolphins and wild animals: Coquille Bonheur stays the course

After setting up a policy in favor of dolphins, Coquille Bonheur, the agency of Christian Lefèvre engaged in the receptive, now refuses to promote tourist activities exploiting wild animals. Having a responsible approach on ethical issues does not impact business negatively, he says. On the contrary.

The promotion of walking with wild animals in captivity was so aggressive and effective that nobody questions the ethical. Except at Coquille Bonheur where we initially adopted the policy of not promoting travel to see or swim with dolphins.

“It’s been five years since we adopted this approach. It has become an act of barbarism, with boats chasing dolphins and damaging their peace, without the authorities intervening. We did not want to be complicit in this, “ says Christian Lefèvre, the agency’s founder.

Coquille Bonheur has now decided to adopt the same responsible approach to wild animals bred in captivity. Not only because there have been some incidents with visitors, but mainly because the captive breeding of wild animals suggests, beyond the exploitation through visits, traffic possibilities at the end of the year. life, especially in terms of remains: skin, teeth, limbs, etc.

“There are species that need to be treated differently. We chose to align with the Blood Lions campaign with Pippa Hankinson . We also believe that these wild animals must be found in their environment where they remain wild. Our position is clear and we act according to our conscience. The wild belongs to the wild; and nowhere else, “ says Christian Lefèvre.

Those who love this type of walk with animals are looking for sensations in the form of immediate gratification, explain the promoters of the campaign “Blood Lions” . The wild animal bred in captivity is presented to them as a pet, which it is not. By what methods are these animals rendered at this level of passivity or docility; again, this requires investigation and transparency. But what is certain is that the activity offered to tourists, foreign and local, is practiced with a denatured animal and out of its natural environment. This is not the normal behaviour that a wild animal adopts when it is free in its jungle which is the true ecosystem from which it was removed.

Coquille Bonheur is also committed to protecting children from certain international organizations. Conscious of the existence of sex tourism practiced by predators of children, its agents are sensitized on the particular question of the sexual exploitation of minors.

Customers react very well, says Christian Lefèvre. No constraint on both sides; if there are any who are interested in this activity, they go there; but in other ways. Most understand this moral and ethical positioning and are delighted to be awakened to this awareness. “It does not affect business; customers already appreciate our services and, moreover, they realize that we have an ethical position regarding respect for nature, “ he says.

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The NSPCA has huge animal welfare concerns for the animals exploited in the captive predator and canned hunting industry in South Africa. This industry is unregulated, uncontrolled and is responsible for untold cruelty. It is a tragedy that our wild animals are reduced to profit making machines. Coupled with this members of public are unwittingly encouraging and supporting this cruelty, so it is vital that the public are aware of the truth behind the industry so they can make informed decisions and hopefully choose not to support such an unethical industry.

Sr.Ainsley Hay, Manager, NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit

Breeding magnificent wild creatures like lions in camps so that they can be slaughtered for ego and money is unconscionable and should be outlawed.  Lions have the right to live in the wild and to continue playing their unique role within the ecological communities of Africa.  The continued existence of the canned hunting industry is a moral outrage that diminishes us all.  This important film shines a light into the dark corners of this ugly business.

Cormac Cullinan, Cullinan & Associates Incorporated

Cruel, barbaric, macabre – all words used by Australian MPs about lion farming and the canned lion hunting industry in SA.  Our campaign was glad to be able to assist and participate in a full length documentary that aims to expose a brutal industry whose whole business model is routine, egregious cruelty to helpless animals – for fun.

Chris Mercer, Founder, CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting)

Captive lions have long been a blemish on South Africa’s wildlife and tourism landscape and their tragic story needed to be exposed before these practices negatively impacted on Brand South Africa. Congratulations to all involved in taking the time and making this happen.

Colin Bell, Tourism consultant and author of “Africa’s Finest”

“As a travel and conservation based organization, we find the “Blood Lions” documentary deeply disturbing. Despite being hard to watch, we urge people to get out there and see it. It is important to shed light on the dark and corrupt business of rearing lions for the purposes of hunting, in hopes of making a positive change. As we polled our membership, we found that individually each of our companies have chosen to stop booking all activities that contribute to this industry.”

The Safari Professionals – 30 Tour Operators based in the US and Canada

South Africa’s failure to address the canned hunting industry has emboldened those who make a living out of the death of lions bred, raised and slaughtered on a ‘no kill, no fee’ basis. The canned hunting industry is unnatural, unethical and unacceptable. It delivers compromised animal welfare and zero education. It undermines conservation and creates a moral vacuum now inhabited by the greed and grotesque self-importance of those who derive pleasure in the taking of life.

Blood Lions lays bare the truth behind the canned hunting industry that, far from contributing to the future survival of the species, may, in fact, accelerate extinction in the wild, leaving behind a trail  littered with rotting corpses of its helpless and hopeless victims.

Will Travers OBE, President Born Free Foundation

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, in providing support for the making of this Documentary, does so in the firm belief that it is important that the true facts behind captive lion breeding and canned lion hunting in South Africa, is brought to the attention of a global audience in order to create awareness which in turn will lead to much needed change.

Les Ward MBE, Chairman, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

This is a timely, courageous as well as a deeply disturbing documentary. It is at the same time, a voice for the wild and the voiceless … of saying “NO MORE!” to that terrible triad of financial opportunism, deceit and indifference to the non-human animal by those claiming to be conservationists.

Ian McCallum – Author, poet, psychiatrist and naturalist

With the constant pressure on wildlife, every effort must be made to keep our last vestiges of natural fauna and flora protected.    Canned hunting of any kind, along with the related consequences, must be condemned by humanity as not only a travesty of nature but also an utterly inhumane practise.   Taming lion cubs only to later hunt them is an utterly inhumane practice.   It is pseudo-hunting, a complete sham and does not even qualify as hunting on a sustainable use basis.   Wildlife conservation has to evolve into practices that are ethical, humanitarian and sustainable. This will not be achieved if there is not real and fair community involvement which has not been part of the hunting fraternity’s evolution.

Yvette Taylor, Executive Director, The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation

“Canned lion ‘hunting’ is nothing less than a bargain basement opportunity for foreign hunters to engage in one of South Africa’s most sordid practices. Hunting of captive bred lions entirely dependent on human fingerprints from cub to trophy is immoral, unethical and against all animal welfare concerns. The fact that it still continues as profitable commerce is a damning statement against all of us who have not properly engaged to snuff it out. Blood Lions is a good start to bring change.”

Dr Pieter Kat – Director: LionAid

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