It would be nice to think that Cecil the Lion was a line in the sand, that the worldwide outrage at illegal poaching his killing signalled would spell the end of this dark practice. But it won’t. Business is too good, as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall will investigate in a new one-off special for BBC1.
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on Poaching will explore the world of illegal hunting and those who will pay big money for dead endangered animals. When tourists will fork out $20,000 for their chance to bag their own lion, and rhino horn sells for more than gold, the pressures are clear. Whittingstall will chart the trade from the African savannahs to the streets of America and Europe.
Known for his campaigning on ethical fishing, this might be Whittingstall’s biggest task yet. Unless something is done, we might have a world with no elephants by 2030.