He also details the phenomenon of pre-organised lion hunting, effectively a trophy hunt which is not a fair chase. He also sheds light on the lion bone trade, a multi-million dollar business which is fuelled by demand in Asia and has links to organised crime.
He offers insights into the most recent undercover investigation he has launched in South Africa to expose this trade, in which former members of the British military gathered evidence which was presented to the South African authorities. Finally, he offers his own thoughts and on how and why the South African government should ban the captive-bred lion industry.
Michael, Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, PC is an international businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster. He was educated at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom, of which he is now the Chancellor. He founded Michael Ashcroft Associates shortly afterwards and has subsequently had interests in more than 100 businesses, with participation in both public and private companies in the United Kingdom, United States and the Caribbean. He is an entrepreneur who, at one point, ran companies employing more than 100,000 people. In 1997, he negotiated the sale of ADT to Tyco International for more than $6.7 billion.
Lord Ashcroft was formerly a member of the British House of Lords and is a former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has been a major charitable donor in the United Kingdom and abroad, having given tens of millions of pounds to causes over the years. In addition, he is an expert on gallantry and the environment. His political polling is respected all over the world. He is also a prolific author, having published 18 books, most recently Unfair Game.
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