About 30 Calgarians protested a trophy hunting expo in January 2016.

About 30 Calgarians protested a trophy hunting expo in January 2016.
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Protest planned for African Trophy Hunting trade show event

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This weekend will see a gathering of African outfitters, guides and various other related exhibitors at a hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Screen grab of the Africa Hunting Show webpage
Screen grab of the Africa Hunting Show webpage © afrciahuntingevents.ca

The Africa Hunting trade show is making its annual rounds in cities across North America, having stopped last weekend in Toronto, and heading next to Bozeman Montana in the US, and then next weekend to Calgary Alberta.

A group called Ban African Trophy Hunting (BATH) plans to protest outside the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon. Last year the trade show was called off there when the hotel reacted to protests and cancelled. Due to such protests the trade show has had to change locations on several occasions in other cities due to protests and original hotel venues cancelling.

Cecil the lion was a top attraction at Hwange national park in Zimbabwe
Cecil the lion was a top attraction at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe but was allegedly lured out of the sanctuary for the hunter. © (Bryan Orford/YouTube
Walter Palmer (left) a dentist from Minnesota and the highly controversial killing of Cecil the lion.
Already a controversial hunter, Walter Palmer (left) a dentist from Minnesota and the highly controversial and world attention-grabbing killing of Cecil the lion. © twitter, via CBC

Mike Donovan of BATH has organized protests in Saskatoon and other venues of the trade show saying he wants to bring attention to trophy hunting of endangered African animals.

Donovan runs Lion Dog Safaris, a photo-safari operation.  Quoted in Metro News, he says, “ We believe trophy hunting to be a very immoral, unethical practice and we’d like to pressure the Canadian government into banning the importation of African animal parts”.

Maryanne and Mike Donovan stand together at the Calgary Courts Centre in 2016 at a hearing on an inunction to limit their protest activities-specifically yelling insults- at the Africa hunting expo there. © Meghan Grant/CBC

It is expected that only a small crowd will turn out for the protests, but they will not be barred as an injunction against them by the organizers was denied.

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