HC Deb 09 February 1934 vol 285 cc1463-4W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he has considered the copy sent to him of a publication issued by a British publishing firm describing reprehensible practices in the destruction of lions in East Africa; and whether, since so many charges of this kind are made, he will consider instituting an inquiry on the spot into the whole methods of East African safaris, including the methods of photographing wild animals; (2) if he has considered the copy sent to him of a recent publication alleging fishing for lions in East Africa with baited hooks attached to ropes drawn by motor cars; and whether he has investigated, or will investigate, the allegations made?


I understand that the first question relates to a book recently published entitled "Lions, Gorillas and their Neighbours." The date of the incident recorded on page 276 of that book is not given, but I would remind my hon. Friend that a few years ago legislation was enacted in the East African territories prohibiting the use of motor vehicles or aeroplanes in getting to close quarters with game animals for the purpose of hunting, killing, capturing or unduly disturbing them. These practices are an offence under the game laws, punishable with fine or imprisonment and forfeiture of any trophies and of any prohibited weapon or instrument used. As regards the second question, my right hon. Friend's attention has already been drawn to notices which have appeared in the Press regarding the use of baited hooks, attached to motor cars, in capturing lions and also to a published denial of the accusation. The Acting-Governor of Tanganyika has been asked for a report on the alleged incident, and the matter will be further considered on receipt of his reply. In view of the legislation referred to above, I am doubtful as to the necessity of instituting a special inquiry into the whole methods of safaris.