A Great Loss…

Petition · Justin Trudeau: PM Trudeau: Ban Trophy Hunting of Polar Bears · Change.org

Günter Singer started this petition to Prime Minister of Canada/Premier ministre du Canada Justin Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister,

Polar bears are being killed by the hundreds every year by trophy hunters from all over the globe, especially the USA, while the species is facing serious threats from climate change.

On top of it, China is today the world’s largest buyer of polar bear fur. Growing demand and rising prices for their hides is thought to have led to an increase in polar bear hunting. China has also imports live polar bears for entertainment in hotels.

There are now estimated to be as few as 20,000 polar bears remaining in the wild.

Killing polar bears for ‘recreation’ could now push this magnificent species over the edge towards extinction.

Canada has two-thirds of the world’s remaining polar bears.

It is the only country in the world that permits the commercial trophy hunting of the White Bear.

We ask you to ban all trophy hunting of polar bears, and to halt commercial trade in polar bears and their body parts.

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Petition · Ban lion trophy hunting imports into the UK · Change.org

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Pieter Kat started this petition to Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson and 6 others

In 2019, Barbara Creecy – South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs – set up a High Level Panel to review the policies, legislation and management regarding the breeding, hunting, trade and general handling of elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards. The Panel recently came back with their decision – recommending that Cabinet endorse a report calling for the end of lion farming, captive lion hunting, cub-petting and the commercial farming of rhinos.

Also in 2019, the UK government made some promises to halt the import of trophies collected by British hunters abroad. This promise was repeated in the most recent Queen’s Speech on 11th May – “Legislation will also be brought forward to ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare [Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, Kept Animals Bill, Animals Abroad Bill].”

The highest standards of animal welfare? Well there ARE some very good things listed as government intentions in the Queen’s Speech. For example the entire of issue of animal sentience. The UK was a pioneer with their Protections of Animals Act 1911, which basically said animals can feel pain. Slowly, slowly other animal protections emerged.

If Animal Sentience is going to be discussed in a Bill, does that same Bill not also have to take into account the sentience of the animals being snuffed out by trophy hunters?  This Bill risks being remembered for its shortcomings in terms of lion conservation.

The UK government has prevaricated on the issue of trophy hunting imports for more than a decade. Unlike the High Level Panel conclusions in South Africa and an inevitable need for a clear government response there, the UK government continues to sit on its hands with their own consultations.

Ignoring:

1. A public consultation on the issue organized by the government itself. Submissions of various detail had a submission deadline of January 25th, 2020. The government decided to extend the submission deadline to February 25th – saying that some people might have not been able to submit their views because of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The government promised to publish results 12 weeks later. That would be May 2020. We are now a year overdue.

2. Our many requests to government about the delayed publication of the public consultation results have been met with recalcitrance and delaying tactics. Ministers contacted have latterly claimed the COVID situation as a reason for the many delays.

3. We are approaching 700,500 signatures, counting upward per day, in our LionAid petition to end lion trophy imports into the UK. At Change.org, this level of response is the highest recorded petition for ANY animal issue to date. The UK government does not acknowledge results of the petition to date.

Instead:

The UK government promotes the weak position that they will “bring forward legislation to ensure UK imports and exports of hunting trophies are not threatening the conservation status of species abroad”.  Who is going to determine whether UK imports of hunting trophies threaten their species conservation status?

The UK seems to be adopting an anaemic version of the USA import restrictions. The USA decided to place lions on their own ”threatened” list of species. Took many years, and public consultations, but eventually the decision was made. The USA made also the consequential decision that as captive bred lions were in no way important to the conservation of the species, that all hunting trophy imports of captive bred lions would cease.

The UK government really needs to step up to the plate. Hiding behind “sustainable” use as a reason to allow trophy hunting imports in the future slaps the faces of all in the voting public who have long since made up their minds about such trophy hunting imports.

So — let’s have the results provided by the UK Ministers, unredacted, of the public consultation to start? And decisively, a ban on the import of all trophies, whether from wild or captive bred lions.

As you can see, there are still huge amounts of work to be done and we rely on your continued and wonderful DONATIONS to keep our work moving steadily forward.

PLEASE if you can, dig deep and continue to help us by DONATING to keep the lion’s roar sounding across African savannas.

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Hunter Ambushed by Elephant, Trampled to Death

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A hunter in his late fifties was killed in Gabon when he was ambushed by an elephant and trampled to death.

The drama unfolded last week in Roungassa village, in the province of Ogooue Lolo, Gabon Media Time reported.

The website reported that the victim was a resident of the village and was “known to all.”

The remains of the man, whose identity has not been revealed, were found lying in the forest by members of the Central Brigade of the capital of Ogooué Lolo, residents told the website.

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This kind of hunting accident has been occurring more frequently in Gabon in recent months. More and more animals, especially elephants, are staying closer to the villages because of deforestation, which destroys the habitat and the trees whose fruits the animals feed on, the website reported.

Similar tragedies have been recorded in the provinces of Ngounié and Woleu-Ntem in recent months, according to the news website.

Gabon is home to a large colony of forest elephants, which can be dangerous when close to humans.

A similar incident took place in Northern Namibia on March 13, when a farmer was killed after being trampled on by an African savanna elephant. Abner Petrus, 46, lost his life after one of the animals attacked him from behind in Okatha-Kiikombo, a village in the Omusati region.

African forest elephants, which are smaller than the African savanna elephants, occupy most of the tropical forests in West and Central Africa, with the largest populations found in Gabon and the Republic of Congo.

Increased threats of poaching and loss of habitat have made Africa’s elephant more endangered, according to a report released in March by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Both the African forest elephant and the African savanna elephant are considered endangered.

The number of African forest elephants has fallen by more than 86 percent over a 31-year period, the report said, while the population of savanna elephants dropped by more than 60 percent over a 50-year period. The International Union for Conservation of Nature rates the global extinction risks to the world’s animals.

Africa currently has 415,000 elephants, counting the forest and savanna elephants together, according to the agency.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has predicted that the African elephant could be extinct by 2040, with poaching and human-wildlife conflict as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation the main threats to the survival of the species.Forest elephants are seen at Langoue Bai in the Ivindo national park, Gabon, on April 26, 2019. A man in his late fifties killed at a hunting party in Gabon after being ambushed and trampled upon by an elephant.Amaury Hauchard/Getty

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SIGN: Stop Trophy Hunters From Slaughtering 500 Elephants in Zimbabwe

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PETITION TARGET: Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the United States Ammon Mutembwa

Trophy hunters may soon slaughter up to 500 endangered African elephants as Zimbabwe prepares to sell hunting licenses to legally kill these majestic creatures.

Selling “rights” to kill the endangered elephants to hunters who pay between $10,000 and $70,000 to participate, this horrifying plan is part of an effort to recoup pandemic-related tourism revenue losses. But why should defenseless elephants die for profit?

Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority claims the country’s “excessive” elephant population is responsible for violent encounters with humans, according to Bloomberg. But the government announced its intentions to permit the hunts just weeks after a new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assessment determined that African elephants are increasingly at risk of extinction and set the statuses for two species to “Endangered” and “Critically Endangered.”

These perilously threatened creatures do not deserve to have a price put on their lives. We must speak out to protect these elephants from government-sanctioned slaughter.

Sign this petition urging Zimbabwean Ambassador Ammon Mutembwa to oppose and fight against the government’s appalling decision to promote the needless killing of elephants and instead find humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.

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Millionaire trophy hunter is caught boasting how he helped to shoot 13,000 doves

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By Michael Powell for The Mail on Sunday 01:55 02 May 2021, updated 02:12 02 May 2021

  • In phone call with undercover investigator, businessman Rob Weir recounted a £2,800 hunting trip
  • Mr Weir said: ‘There were five of us – one of them was a lady – and we shot 13,000 doves over four days’
  • Mr Weir owns H. J. Weir Engineering, one of world’s largest manufacturers of industrial laundry machines
  • He also said: ‘The very first time I went out there I wanted to shoot a baboon. I had a thing about shooting a baboon, I don’t know why but I did’

A millionaire trophy hunter has been caught boasting about helping to kill 13,000 doves and blasting a baboon.

In a phone call with an undercover investigator, businessman Rob Weir recounted a £2,800 hunting trip to Argentina, saying: ‘There were five of us – one of them was a lady – and we shot 13,000 doves over four days.’

He said he had limited himself to 1,500 shells a day, adding: ‘I tell you what, I’d love to go back. What an experience.’ BOASTS: Rob Weir (left), who boasted about helping to kill 13,000 doves and blasting a baboon, poses with a dead buffalo in 2017

Mr Weir, who owns H. J. Weir Engineering, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial laundry machines, said he had also made repeated hunting trips to South Africa over the past seven or eight years.

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‘The very first time I went out there I wanted to shoot a baboon. I had a thing about shooting a baboon, I don’t know why but I did,’ he said.

‘I’ve shot buffalo out there, I’ve shot impala out there, I’ve shot warthogs out there, I’ve shot different gazelle-type animals out there.’ The 68-year-old businessman, who also owns the Weir Rallying motorsports team, made his comments to Eduardo Goncalves (above, at the Mirror Animal Hero awards in 2019) – the author and founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting

Approached for a comment, Mr Weir, who has not broken any laws with his hunting activities, said: ‘I’ve got nothing further to say.’

The 68-year-old businessman, who also owns the Weir Rallying motorsports team, made his comments to Eduardo Goncalves, the author and founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting.

Mr Goncalves has spent the past year posing as a trophy hunter in order to uncover the industry’s secrets for a forthcoming book.

It comes as pressure grows on the Government to implement its long-promised ban on trophy hunting, a pledge first made in the Queen’s Speech in October 2019 and repeated in the Tory Election manifesto two months later.

Despite an estimated 200 animals being killed by British trophy hunters every year, there is still no official date for introducing the ban, although it is thought it will be mentioned again in next month’s Queen’s Speech.

Campaigners are worried, however, that civil servants may try to water down legislation by including a clause allowing hunters to import trophies if they pay a ‘blood money’ fee to conservation projects.

Last night, a Government spokesman said: ‘The Government takes the conservation of endangered species in the UK and internationally very seriously, which is why we have committed to banning the import of hunting trophies from endangered species – as set out in the Government’s manifesto.’

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Unfair Game

Trophy Hunters Are Just Rich Psychopaths Who Like To Kill

If you are Oregon resident please take action to help us end the war on wildlife and score a win against brutality and cruelty!

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Join Guardians in the fight to ban wildlife killing contests in Oregon

Ask your Oregon state representative for a total ban of the senseless blood sport

Dear Guardian,

The bill to ban coyote killing contests in Oregon has moved from committee and will get a floor vote in the House of Representatives! Guardians needs your voice to get this bill from the Oregon House to the Senate. Urge your state representative to step up and end this cruelty by voting yes on HB-2728, a total ban on coyote killing contests in the Beaver State.

Completely devoid of ethics, wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants compete for prizes by attempting to kill the most animals over a certain time period. It’s a disgusting practice in which the winners are rewarded for piling up the most or biggest animals or even killing the most different kinds of species. This rule would only ban contests for coyotes specifically and would not change general hunting laws.

Killing contests aren’t sport. They’re gratuitous violence.

They also send the message that animals, like coyotes, are disposable, killing them only for fun is OK and life is cheap. These wildlife killing contests disrupt natural processes and may also put threatened or endangered species in peril. Clearly, they have no place in 21st century humane, science-based wildlife management.

The good news is that seven states—Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Colorado—have already banned or severely restricted coyote killing contests. Now we have an opportunity to end these killing competitions in Oregon.

If you are an Oregon resident, take action to help us end the war on wildlife and score a win against brutality and cruelty.

For the Wild,

Samantha Bruegger, Wildlife Coexistence Campaigner

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PETITION: Justice for 500 Deer and Wild Boar Massacred in Walled-In Farm

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PETITION TARGET: Portuguese Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital

Stuck inside a fenced-in “hunting zone,” over 500 deer and wild boar desperately attempted to flee for their lives, watching as animals around them collapsed to their deaths from gunshots.

The massacre, led by 16 Spanish hunters, took place on a farm in Torrebela, where tourists are welcome to “hunt” trapped animals, according to BBC.

Horrifying images of the slaughter’s aftermath are going viral on social media, inciting outrage and demands for justice among activists and public officials, including Portugal’s Environment Minister João Fernandes.

An onslaught of this magnitude grossly exceeds the alleged purpose of allowing hunting as a means of animal population control. And killing caged animals who have no chance to escape is simply despicable.

There is no excuse for the mass killing of wildlife, and this heartbreaking incident must not go unchecked. Sign this petition urging Portuguese Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital to push for a full investigation of this appalling event, the thorough prosecution of all perpetrators, and new hunting laws that protect animals from being slaughtered in confined areas.

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Sign the Petition: End Cruel and Unnecessary Trapping on Public Lands

Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to end trapping in the National Wildlife Refuge System!

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There is no place for cruel and unnecessary traps – snares, Conibear traps, or steel-jaw leghold traps – on public lands, which include national parks, national preserves, and national wildlife refuges. Instead of areas of safety, these sacred places have been transformed into killing fields. Each year, millions of animals who call these public lands home languish in cruel traps for hours, and even days, before they are brutally killed. Even iconic North American species such as bald eagles, black bears, grey wolves, bobcats, and other sensitive species have been found in leghold traps and snares. The U.S. Department of the Interior and the corresponding agencies should immediately and publicly announce their support for ending cruel and unnecessary trapping on public lands. Email Address* First Name* Last Name*  I would like to join Born Free USA’s email list. SIGN THE PETITION 9055 Signatures 91% Goal: 10000

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PETITION TO STOP BIG CAT FACTORY FARMING!

Target: Cyril Ramaphosa, President – South Africa

MR PRESIDENT: SHUT DOWN YOUR BIG CAT FACTORY FARMS!

In 2019, the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting exposed how a South African company was breeding TIGER cubs… and then selling sick tiger trophy hunts.

We also revealed that there are now a staggering 300 factory farms in South Africa breeding LIONS in cages – for trophy hunters to kill for “fun”.

The animals are shot in fenced enclosures where they have NO CHANCE of escape. Their bones are often sold onto Asian dealers for so-called traditional Chinese ‘medicines’.

In our latest investigation, we reveal how over 17,000 tigers and tiger body parts have been traded or seized over the past 5 years. Over 80% were destined for the traditional Chinese ‘medicine’ market.

The figure includes a number of tigers that were shot in South Africa by trophy hunters …

We can also reveal that South Africa now breeds LEOPARDS – so they can be shot by trophy hunters for fun, and their skins sold to traders.

Leading conservationists and politicians from around the world are backing the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting’s call to BAN this sick trade.

Now we are launching this mass petition to the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. The South African government has just announced it is appointing a high-level ‘panel of experts’ to review its policies on breeding wild animals for trophy hunters to kill for kicks, and the terrible trade in lion bones and leopard skins.

We say: It’s time to BAN this wicked trade and CLOSE these sick Big Cat ‘Factory Farms’ NOW!

 

 

Please sign and share this petition – and help save endangered big cats TODAY!

To: Cyril Ramaphosa, President – South Africa
From: [Your Name]

I call on you to CLOSE South Africa’s Big Cat Factory Farms.

Breeding lion and tiger cubs to be cuddled for cash and killed for kicks is IMMORAL.
It is a stain on South Africa’s standing in the world.

It is time to end the big cat bone trade and to ban trophy hunting altogether.

Please act TODAY – for the good of wildlife, and for the good of South Africa’s reputation.

 

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The BIG LIE about lion trophy hunting – Africa Geographic

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So often we hear from the pro-hunting lobby that by killing free roaming lions, trophy hunters are actually saving lions.

Well, if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

That term “sustainable offtake” often creeps into the justification. The trophy hunting of free roaming lions is about as sustainable as putting ice cubes in a mug of steaming coffee. Let’s dig deeper into this issue of sustainable, shall we? A lion skin as a trophy from a hunt in Namibia ©Ton Koene/Alamy

Consider the following six examples of why the trophy hunting of free-roaming lions is NOT sustainable – from the very countries held high by the trophy hunting industry itself as being paragons of sustainable hunting practices:

1. The Namibian government does not know how many breeding-age desert-adapted lions are left, how many territory/pride males there are, or even how many of each sex are killed during human-lion conflict. They told me so – see this article written by me. And yet each year they set trophy hunting quotas for large male desert-adapted lions. The awarding of trophy hunting quotas off the back of no relevant statistics is NOT sustainable.

2. Namibian laws permit rural livestock owners to request for the lethal removal of predators targeting their livestock – so-called ‘problem animals’. Fair enough. BUT trophy hunters are often used to perform the execution, and we know that trophy hunters want to shoot big male lions. And communities benefit financially when ‘problem animals’ are identified and taken down by hunters. Is it coincidence then that there is a large bias towards male lions amongst those lions reported as being ‘problem animals’, and consequently executed by trophy hunters?

In the last scientific research report on Namibia’s desert-adapted lions, published in 2010, the author states, when referring to six collared male lions killed by trophy hunters as ‘problem animals’: “In all six cases, however, it is arguable whether the adult males that were shot, were in fact the lions responsible for the killing of livestock.”

This gap in legislation – empowering the two beneficiaries of ‘problem animal’ execution to act as witness, jury, judge and executioner – is NOT sustainable.

3. The above report concluded: “The long-term viability of the desert lion population has been compromised by the excessive killing of adult and sub-adult males. There is an urgent need to adapt the management and utilisation strategies relating to lions, if the long-term conservation of the species in the Kunene were to be secured.”

Since then the situation has worsened as regards male lion offtake, with some areas now almost devoid of male lions. Even the last known adult male lion in the Sesfontein Conservancy was earmarked to be shot – again conveniently classified as a ‘problem animal’ – until international pressure forced the Minister to change his mind. A rapidly reducing male/female lion ratio is NOT sustainable.

4. Craig Packer, director of the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota, has led a series of studies identifying over-hunting as the major reason for the steep decline in lion populations in Tanzania, the lion hunting mecca. Packer was banned from entering Tanzania for exposing corruption with regard to lion trophy hunting.

Being tagged as the cause of crashing lion populations makes trophy hunting of lions in Tanzania NOT sustainable, and the widespread use of fraud and corruption as a business tool suggests a morally bankrupt industry.

5. When 13-year-old Cecil the lion was shot in Zimbabwe, the over-riding justification was that he was ‘too old’ to breed or to successfully hold a territory (as if those are the only uses of a mature lion). Then, Cecil’s son, Xanda, was also shot by a hunter, at the age of six – and the professional hunter Richard Cooke knew that Xanda was a pride male with cubs, and lied about the situation. In fact, Cooke also led the hunt that killed Xanda’s other son – at the age of four.

So, lions of all ages are being shot, and the trophy hunting industry lies and re-invents the justifications each time to suit their need to keep the business model rolling. That is NOT sustainable.

6. Rural communities living amongst wild lions have to see meaningful and sustainable benefit from having lions in the area. Lions are often a threat to lives and livelihoods and these people have the right to expect to be compensated to behave differently. After all, the rest of the world has mostly sanitised itself of large predators.

Surely for trophy hunting to be truly sustainable, these communities must receive a significant portion of the trophy fee? A 2013 study by Economists at Large, an Australian organisation of conservation-minded economists, found that on average only 3% of money generated by trophy hunting winds up in the hands of local people.

During research for my article referred to in point one above, Namibian government officials told me that the relevant community only receives about 12.5% of the trophy hunting fee for a quota lion (US$10,000 of the ± US$80,000 fee) – and only about 1% in the case of a ‘problem animal’ hunt. The rest goes to the professional hunting operator. This is NOT fair or sustainable.

This is what we do know about lions: Populations have crashed from about 450,000 in the 1940’s to about 20,000 today – mostly due to human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss, prey base loss and trophy hunting (US Fish and Wildlife Services).

The remaining pockets of lions are increasingly isolated from other populations, and no longer able to disperse and so maintain population genetic diversity and stability. When young males flee from dominant pride males, and seek out other lions, they leave protected areas and are picked off by hunters and livestock farmers – thus preventing the vital dispersal of young lions to other areas.

The surgical removal of big male lions by trophy hunters within the context of the above is NOT sustainable in any way, shape or form – regardless of what the other causes of lion population reductions are. The trophy hunting industry claim of sustainable practises is nothing but a lie. It’s a fiercely protected justification to continue the senseless and outdated fetish for killing off Africa’s big male lions for fun and ego. The fantasies of a few rich people are taking precedence over the survival of an African icon, over the proper functioning of Africa’s wild places and over the tourism industry which brings in many times more revenue, jobs, skills enhancement and societal benefits.

The trophy hunting of Africa’s wild, free roaming lions is NOT sustainable and has to stop.

https://africageographic.com/stories/trophy-hunting-wild-lions-big-lie-sustainability/

Urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Cease Issuing Permits for Trophy Imports! | Born Free USA

The United States is the world’s top importer of wildlife “trophies.” Sign our petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), urging the agency to cease issuing trophy import permits!

The Petition

I strongly oppose trophy hunting and recognize that trophy hunting does not significantly aid in wildlife conservation efforts. Instead, because hunters frequently target animals of already imperiled species, such as elephants, lions, and rhinoceros, trophy hunting is just one more deadly pressure on these species.
  
The majority of Americans believe trophy hunting is an outdated and brutal sport without any conservation benefits. And, opposition to trophy hunting is not a partisan issue; people from across the political spectrum oppose it. Yet, the United States is the world’s top importer of wildlife trophies and of trophies of threatened and endangered CITES-listed species, with more imports than the next nine highest countries combined.

Therefore, I call on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to cease issuing permits for hunters to import wildlife trophies into the U.S.

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BREAKING: Emaciated Lions Found Again At Captive-Breeding Farm in Limpopo, South Africa

Walter Slippers is the one on the right.

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) are in the process of laying animal cruelty charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act (APA), 71 of 1962, against Walter Slippers, owner of two captive predator breeding facilities in Alldays, Limpopo.

Leaked photos show the emaciated lions at Walter Slippers’ Lion Breeding Farm – March 2020. All photos supplied.

During inspections in April and May 2020, the NSPCA found deplorable conditions with underweight lions, lack of adequate shelter, lack of veterinary treatment, as well as unhygienic and small enclosures.

Slippers has 72 lions on his farm, which is in liquidation, and he allegedly feeds them a giraffe every two to three weeks.

On 12 May 2020, the NSPCA was informed that seven of the lions housed at one of Slippers’ facilities had escaped… which appears to support their findings that he is not only negligent in the way these lions are kept from a welfare point of view, but also in terms of public safety.Lions at Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – April 2018

“We believe that permits should never have been granted to keep lions, or any other predators like the tigers, as not only was the fencing wholly inadequate, but there are specific dramatic shortfalls on the welfare of these animals – and their welfare has consistently been compromised,” said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter (Manager NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit).

The NSPCA has issued further warnings in terms of contraventions of the APA to all role players concerned. A deadline has also been issued for an action plan regarding the animals and the NSPCA is taking further legal action, which will see criminal charges brought about.Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – July 2016

Sadly, this is not the first time that evidence of shocking animal neglect and cruelty has emerged from Slippers farms, with images of malnourished lions surfacing in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020. More in Home

In 2016, Slippers accepted responsibility and promised the NSPCA he would address the frequency and quantity of his lion feeding regime, as well as provide them with ongoing vet records.

With subsequent evidence of abuse in 2018 and now again in 2020, a consistent pattern of neglect is unfortunately emerging from his farm, putting Slippers in breach of his permit conditions and in further non-compliance with the APA, according to a press statement from Blood Lions.

“In the absence of national norms and standards for the captive keeping and breeding of big cats for commercial purposes, sadly animal cruelty and issues of neglect are rife in this industry,” says Dr Louise de Waal (Blood Lions Campaign Manager).

“Considering there are at least 8,000 lions in captivity in South Africa, but probably many more, the scale of such welfare issues is of huge concern.”

Paul Tully from Captured in Africa told SAPeople: “It’s quite absurd to think that the South African Government continues to allow what are clearly crimes against nature. The connected industries of lion parks (that offer tourists a chance to pet lion cubs) and the disgraceful lion bone trade – which is still legal in South Africa and clearly promotes the continued poaching of lions (both wild and captive) for their parts – must be industries that are ended sooner rather than later, before more lions are abused and tourists scammed out of their money.”‬

In October 2018, the Lion Coalition wrote a letter to Sam Makhubele (LEDET’s Director for Wildlife Trade and Regulation) asking for Slippers’ predator breeding permit to be revoked and to ensure he would never be allowed to breed big cats again.

Notwithstanding, Limpopo’s provincial nature conservation authority has renewed his permit every single time.

Images from Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – February 2015

Slippers has a history of controversy going back as far as 2010, when he attempted to purchase two white rhino bulls for pseudo-hunts involving Vietnamese citizens. It was also reported that he used to transport cubs from his breeding facility to his restaurant, Toeka Plaas Kombuis, for visitors to interact with.

The NSPCA is the statutory body tasked with responding to wild animal welfare complaints, conducting its own welfare investigations and attempting to regulate good welfare practices without state funding or resources. They need your help to carry out their duty of looking after the welfare of our wild animals. Please help by donating HERE.

https://www.sapeople.com/2020/05/13/breaking-starving-emaciated-lions-found-at-slippers-limpopo-breeding-farm-again/

Petition: ban lion trophy hunting imports into the UK

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Sign the Petition Pieter Kat started this petition to Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson and 6 others

The body parts of lions killed in gruesome hunts are being bought and imported into our country as ‘hunting trophies’. To hunt these beautiful animals for fun is inhumane and wrong – but it’s also contributing to the rapid decline of lion numbers. That’s why I’m calling on lion trophy hunting imports to be banned immediately. I lived and worked for two decades in several African countries to help the conservation of lions there and I’m now the director of Lion Aid. It pains me that their numbers continue to drop. The number of lions in Africa has decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 within the past 50 years. Most of the ‘trophies’ are male lions. This has a disastrous knock on effect, pride structures are disrupted, reproduction almost grinds to a halt as cub survival is severely affected, and mortality among females increases as they attempt to protect their cubs during encounters with more and more displaced males. We must immediately stop our involvement in this cruel trade of lions killed for fun, like others around the world have. Australia, France and the Netherlands have already banned lion trophy imports. Why have we not yet joined them in doing so? In 2010 and 2015 promises were made by British MPs about introducing a ban, but years later nothing has happened. Every single day we delay makes it more and more likely that we push lions towards extinction. Please sign my petition calling on the UK to immediately ban imports of Lion trophies.

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Petition Ban Canned Hunting

Ban Canned Hunting! You came to knife fight with a loaded rifle.. Next time, come barehanded we’ll call it fair.

Born to be murdered.. South Africa is a dream for hunters – Thousand of hunting tourists from Europe and the USA travel to the region for one brutal reason, they then bring home dead animals instead of photos as souvenirs, totally unnecessary and cruel.

Nearly all wild species are available – even protected species like elephants: it’s just a question of money. An especially perfidious form of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting” of lions.

Canned Hunting

The most extreme variety of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. Most of the victims are lions, which are served to their hunters on a silver platter: The animals are kept in fenced areas and then simply shot and many have suffering because of bad aiming or handling of rifles.

The lions are bred on farms and raised by hand. They hardly demonstrate any shyness of humans. The animals can’t escape from the cages. Occasionally they are attracted with bait, sometimes they are even sedated with medicine.Anyone can go and hunt lions in South Africa – a hunting licence or proven hunting experience isn’t usually necessary. This means that many lions aren’t killed by the first shot which results in them experiencing an agonising death.

Rapid boominq breeding farms and shootings

For trophy hunting in South Africa, lions are bred on more than 190 farms, usually raised by hand and accustomed to humans. In the last six years, the number of farm lions has risen by 250 percent. Today, more than 6,000 captive animals are threatened with the same gruesome fate – more than ever before.

First a pet …

Many of the young animals must then serve as tourist attractions where people can pet them, take photos with them and take them for walks. Unwitting tourists visit these farms and pay money to look at or touch young lion cubs. That they are thereby supporting a horrific industry, an industry that even many hunting associations reject as being unethical, is something that most of the tourists don’t know.

… then shot

The lions reach the trophy age after four to seven years and are then offered to the hunters for shooting. In many cases the ‘hunting’ isn’t carried out on the same farm that the animal was bred at. Instead the lions are transported to other areas and shot there.

Danger for wild lions

The supporters of Canned Hunting claim that Canned Hunting serves to protect the species. In fact the opposite is the case: The increasing number of trophy hunting tours on offer is increasing the pressure on the lion populations living in the wild. An increasing number of animals are captured in the wild for breeding purposes

Please sign Gabo’s Petition, I will personally hand it to the government this summer when I will be working on a conservation project on South African this year..

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UK – Ban the Import and Export of Hunting Trophies Now: Petition

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Siobhan Mitchell started this petition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

We demand an end to the import and export of hunting trophies from Britain, and urge Boris Johnson to follow through on his message of 2019 calling for an end to this barbaric practice.

The Government is currently running a consultation on the import and export of hunting trophies. This petition is to express support for Option 3 in the consultation, which would meana ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK.

As the director of the Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting, I’ve long fought for an end to this barbaric practise. Killing animals for ‘trophies’ is cruel, unnecessary, and indefensible for the following reasons:

Studies show that many species targeted by trophy hunters are social, emotional, intelligent beings. Killing them for ‘sport’ goes against basic civilised values. So-called ‘canned hunting’ – breeding animals in captivity and…

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Trophy Hunters think we are bullying them….

Trophy Hunters are not Conservationist

The Mind of Trophy Hunters are Seriously Flawed

Sign Petition: Children Are Being Forced to Trophy-Hunt Endangered Animals, and Then Show Off in Photos. Stop This

Photo from the African Hunt Lodge website.

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If you thought trophy hunting was bad, then you’re not going to like the most recent news.

We all know by now that various callous, money-hungry companies exist that cater to rich international tourists who want to feel powerful by murdering something innocent and wild. Charging tens of thousands of dollars, these groups arrange for guns, outings, and the cold-blooded deaths of specific desired animals.

But one company — Africa Hunt Lodge in South Africa — takes it a step further. They also arrange these trophy hunts for children.

They even brag about it on their website: “We can accommodate hunters of any age and experience level. We love to have 1st time hunters join us. We take great pride in helping to educate children and beginner hunters about the responsibilities of hunting.” Their website also features dozens of photos of murdered animals, while waxing eloquent about all the “beautiful animals you will be able to hunt!”

Some of the most popular “hunting packages” include tours designed to maim and kill baboons and vervet monkeys, as they are cheaper to slaughter than, say, a lion. Africa Hunt Lodge charges £81 ($101 USD) to help you violently assault a vervet monkey and take its lifeless body home as a trophy.

In fact, one recent trophy hunting tourist in South Africa brought along their young child, Nolan, on one such vervet monkey hunt. Their child successfully slaughtered the small animal, a relative of humans. Then, they snapped a disgusting photo: little Nolan, kneeling next to his “prize,” grinning and holding up his dead and bloodied monkey by its ears as though it were a toy.

This is a hideous message to be sending to any child — suggesting that murder and conquest are positive things to strive for.

In recent years, Old World primate populations have plummeted from being in the millions to now, just 250,000 individuals. But these types of hunts are still legal until international law.

These perverse trophy hunts designed for children must end now. Sign the petition!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/709/604/701/?TAP=1732

 

Conservation Scientists and Specialists Oppose Ban on Hunting Trophy Imports

africasustainableconservation.comTrophy hunting is under pressure: There are high-profile campaigns to ban it, and several governments have legislated against it (1). In the United States, the CECIL Act (2) would prohibit lion and elephant trophy imports from Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and restrict imports of species listed as threatened or endangered on the Endangered Species Act. Australia, the Netherlands, and France have also restricted trophy imports (1), and the United Kingdom is under pressure to follow. Calls for hunting bans usually cite conservation concerns. However, there is compelling evidence that banning trophy hunting would negatively affect conservation.In African trophy hunting countries, more land has been conserved under trophy hunting than under national parks (3), and ending trophy hunting risks land conversion and biodiversity loss (4). Poorly managed trophy hunting can cause local population declines (5), but unless better land-use alternatives exist, hunting reforms—which have proved effective (6)—should be prioritized over bans (7). Positive population impacts of well-regulated hunting have been demonstrated for many species, including rhinos, markhor, argali, bighorn sheep, and many African ungulates (7).Embedded ImageBanning trophy hunting can have unintended consequences for species such as lions.”PHOTO: KEN SILLS”Trophy hunting can also provide income for marginalized and impoverished rural communities (7). Viable alternatives are often lacking; opponents of hunting promote the substitution of photo-tourism, but many hunting areas are too remote or unappealing to attract sufficient visitors (8). Species such as lions fare worst in areas without photo-tourism or trophy hunting (9), where unregulated killing can be far more prevalent than in hunting zones, with serious repercussions for conservation and animal welfare (10). Focusing on trophy hunting also distracts attention from the major threats to wildlife.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global conservation authority, clearly concludes that “with effective governance and management trophy hunting can and does have positive impacts” on conservation and local livelihoods (7). Although there is considerable room for improvement, including in governance, management, and transparency of funding flows and community benefits (11), the IUCN calls for multiple steps to be taken before decisions are made that restrict or end trophy hunting programs (7). Crucially, as African countries call for a “New Deal” for rural communities (12) that allows them to achieve the self-determination to sustainably manage wildlife and reduce poverty, it is incumbent on the international community not to undermine that. Some people find trophy hunting repugnant (including many of us), but conservation policy that is not based on science threatens habitat and biodiversity and risks disempowering and impoverishing rural communities.Supplementary Materials for
Trophy hunting bans imperil biodiversity
Amy Dickman, Rosie Cooney, Paul J. Johnson*, Maxi Pia Louis, Dilys Roe,
and 128 signatories
*Corresponding author. Email: paul.johnson@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Published 30 August 2019, Science 365, 874 (2019)
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz0735Full list of signatories for “Trophy hunting bans imperil biodiversity” by Amy Dickman, Rosie
Cooney, Paul J. Johnson, Maxi Pia Louis, Dilys Roe
1. Aaron Nicholas, Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzania
2. Adam G. Hart, University of Gloucestershire, UK
3. Agostinho Jorge, Niassa Carnivore Project, Mozambique
4. Alayne Cotterill, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
5. Alexandra Zimmerman, Chair, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
6. Amy Hinks, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
7. Amy Hinsley, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
8. Ana Grau, Ruaha Carnivore Project, Tanzania
9. Andrew Jacobson, Catawba College Salisbury, NC 28144 USA.
10. Andrew James Hearn, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University
of Oxford, UK
11. Andrew Parker, Vice President of Strategy & Programs, Africa Division, Conservation
International
12. Angus Middleton, Executive Director, Namibia Nature Foundation, Namibia
13. Arash Ghoddousi, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
14. Asser Ndjiteuza, %Khaodi//Hoas Conservancy Chairperson, Namibia
15. Axel Moehrenschlager, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission Conservation Translocation
Specialist Group, and Centre for Conservation Research, Calgary Zoological Society, Calgary,
Alberta, Canada
16. BenJee Cascio, Ruaha Carnivore Project, Tanzania
17. Brian Child, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Center for Africa Studies,
University of Florida, USA
18. Byron Du Preez, Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK
19. Catherine E. Semcer, Research Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center, USA
20. Charles Jones Nsonkali, OKANI, Cameroon
21. Charles Jonga, Director, CAMPFIRE Association, Zimbabwe
22. Charlotte Searle, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
23. Chris Brown, Namibian Chamber of Environment, representing a membership of 65 Namibian
environmental NGOs
24. Colleen Begg, Director, Niassa Carnivore Project, Mozambique
25. Cory Whitney, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
26. Craig Packer, Director, Lion Research Center, University of Minnesota, USA
27. Damian Bell, Honeyguide, Tanzania
28. Dan Challender, Oxford Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade,
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
29. David Mallon, Co-Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Antelope Specialist Group;
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK30. Debbie Peake, Botswana Coalition for Conservation, Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental
Organisations and Botswana Wildlife Producers Association
31. Diogo Veríssimo, Department of Zoology and Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK
& Institue for Conservation and Research, San Diego Zoo, USA
32. Dominik T. Bauer, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
33. Duan Biggs, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
34. Ed Sayer, Country Director & Programme Manager, Frankfurt Zoological Society Zambia
35. Edson Gandiwa, School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation, Chinhoyi University of
Technology, Zimbabwe
36. EJ Milner-Gulland, Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Department of
Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
37. Elizabeth L. Bennett, Vice President, Species Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
38. Enrico Di Minin, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland
39. Eric Xaweb, Tsiseb Conservancy Manager, Namibia
40. Gail Potgieter, Felines Communication and Conservation Consultants, Namibia
41. George Wambura, CEO – Community Wildlife Management Areas Consortium (CWMAC),
Tanzania
42. Gerhard R Damm, Conservation Frontlines Foundation
43. Ghulam Mohd Malikyar, Environmental Analyst, Afghanistan
44. Haibin Wang, Ph.D., China Wildlife Conservation Association
45. Hans de Iongh, Leo Foundation
46. Harriet T. Davies-Mostert, Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa and Mammal Research
Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa
47. Himla Angula, NACSO Institutional Support Coordinator, Namibia
48. Hollie Booth, University of Oxford, UK
49. Holly Dublin, Member, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
50. Hongjie Wang, Vice President, China Wildlife Conservation Association
51. Hugo van der Westhuizen, Gonarezhou Conservation Trust, Zimbabwe
52. Isla Duporge, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
53. James Stevens, Member, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
54. Janet Matoka, Assistant Director, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation,
Namibia
55. Janusz Sielicki, Vicepresident, International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds
of Prey
56. Jenny Anne Glikman, Member, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
57. Jeremy Cusack, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
58. John Kasaona, Executive Director, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation,
Namibia
59. Juan Herrero, Co-chair, IUCN SSC Caprinae Specialist Group; and Technical School, University
of Saragossa, Spain
60. Judie Melikie, Huab Conservancy Chairperson, Namibia
61. Julia Jones, University of Bangor, UK62. Julian Fennessy, Director, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Namibia
63. Juliette Claire Young, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
64. Julius G. Bright Ross, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University
of Oxford, UK
65. Justin Brashares, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley,
USA
66. Justin Seymour-Smith, Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme, Wildlife Conservation Research
Unit, University of Oxford, UK
67. Karen Laurenson, Interim Director, Africa Department, Frankfurt Zoological Society
68. Keith Somerville, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK
69. Khalil Karimov, Tajikistan Snow Leopard Programme Field Scientist; Central Asia Regional
Chair, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
70. Kim S Jacobsen, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
71. Korsh Ararat, Nature Iraq/University of Sulaimani, Iraq
72. Laura Perry, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford,
UK
73. Lisanne Petracca, Conservation Scientist, Panthera, USA
74. Liz Rihoy, Director, Resource Africa UK
75. Lovemore Sibanda, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
76. Luke Dollar, Department of Environment & Sustainability, Catawba College Salisbury, NC
28144 USA
77. Luke Hunter, Executive Director, Big Cats Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
78. Marco Festa-Bianchet, Département de biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
79. Marco Pani, Member, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
80. Marion Valeix, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique (CNRS), Université de Lyon, France
81. Mark Stanley-Price, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
82. Mathew Bukhi Mabele, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of
Dodoma, Tanzania
83. Matthew Becker, CEO, Zambian Carnivore Programme, Zambia
84. Matthew Wijers, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
85. Michael Archer, PANGEA Research Center, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental
Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
86. Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes, School of Geography and the Environment and Oxford Martin School,
University of Oxford, UK
87. Mike Hoffmann, Head, Global Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, UK
88. Mike Knight, Chair, IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group
89. Mohammad Farhadinia, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK
90. Moses Selebatso, Wildlife Ecologist, Kalahari Research and Conservation, Botswana
91. Munavvar Alidodov, President, Association of Nature Conservation Organisations of Tajikistan92. Nafeesa Esmail, Oxford Martin School & Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
93. Niall Hammond, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
94. Niki Rust, School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
95. Nils Bunnefeld, Professor in Conservation Science, Biological and Environmental Sciences,
University of Stirling, UK
96. Nyambe Nyambe, Executive Director, Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
97. Paolo Strampelli, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
98. Paolo Wilfred, Department of Life Sciences, Open University of Tanzania
99. Peadar Brehony, University of Cambridge, UK
100. Pete Coppolillo, Executive Director, Working Dogs for Conservation, USA
101. Peter Coals, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK; School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand,
Johannesburg, South Africa
102. Peter Tyrrell, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University
of Oxford, UK
103. Peyton West, Executive Director, Frankfurt Zoological Society U.S.
104. Philippe Chardonnet, Co-Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Antelope Specialist
Group
105. Rebecca Klein, Cheetah Conservation Botswana
106. Richard W. S. Fynn, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana
107. Rob Morley, Flora Fauna & Man
108. Robert Kenward, Chair for Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems in IUCN
Commission on Ecosystem Management
109. Robert Thomson, Felines Communication and Conservation Consultants, Namibia
110. Robin Sharp, retired Director of Wildlife and Countryside, UK Department of
Environment
111. Rodgers Lubilo, Chairperson, Zambia Community-Based Natural Resources
Management (CBNRM) Forum
112. Rosalie Iileka, Namibia Nature Foundation
113. Ruth Feber, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, UK
114. Sándor Csányi, Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Szent István University, Hungary
115. Sandro Lovari, Co-Chair, IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group; and Maremma Natural
History Museum, Grosseto, Italy
116. Sarah Durant, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK
117. Shadrach Mwaba, Zambian Carnivore Programme and Wildlife Conservation Research
Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
118. Simon Hedges, Asian Arks; Lao PDR; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
119. Simon Pooley, Department of Geography, Birkbeck University of London, UK
120. Stefan Michel, IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods
Specialist Group
121. Stein Katupa, Kunene Conservancy Regional Association Secretary, Namibia
122. Stephen Redpath, University of Aberdeen, UK123. Sugoto Roy, Member, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
124. Teo Ntinda, Namibia Development Trust, Namibia
125. Tim Tear, Executive Director, Africa Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
126. Vanessa M Adams, Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of
Tasmania, Australia
127. Vernon Booth, Member, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
128. Wei Jl, Member, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Grouphttps://africasustainableconservation.com/2019/08/30/conservation-scientists-and-specialists-oppose-ban-on-hunting-trophy-imports/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

End Trophy Hunting of Vulnerable Puffins – ForceChange

The puffin is rapidly moving towards extinction, in part due to trophy hunting. Tours, advertised primary to British hunters, boast that one hunter can kill up to 100 puffins at a time. Ban importation of these vulnerable birds as trophies.

Source: End Trophy Hunting of Vulnerable Puffins – ForceChange

PETITION: Stop ‘Canned Hunts’ of Factory-Farmed Animals Killed for Trophies in S Africa

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PETITION TARGET: SA Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy

Canned hunting is a grotesque industry in which hunters pay to kill endangered creatures confined to fenced-in enclosures with no way of escape. Facilities force-breed animals, steal young from their mothers, raise them in appalling conditions and profit from hunters who kill the animals for fun.

This abhorrent practice exploits animals and abuses them from the day they are born to the day they are slaughtered by paying killers.

Raised in factory farms, these animals spend most of their lives in tiny, crowded cages, often without water or adequate nutrition. Malnourished and deprived of natural behaviors, their short lives end when they are put into a fenced area to be shot with a crossbow or shotgun. Animals may be baited or drugged to make them an easy target.

Lions are big business in this industry, particularly in South Africa. Cubs as young as three days old are stolen from their mothers, bottle-fed and used in fake “sanctuaries,” where naïve volunteers pay to care for them under the pretense of conservation. Lion walks and lion petting are further avenues to profit from their suffering.

In reality, these beautiful creatures are forced to live in filthy conditions and often fall ill due to poor nutrition and stress. Once older, they are violated through forced impregnation and eventually killed for paid ‘hunts’ — if they survive that long. Many also suffer severe illnesses from inbreeding.

South Africa has around 200 lion breeding facilities containing an estimated 6000 big cats. There are three times more lions in captivity in South Africa than in the wild. Tigers and other exotic animals also fall victim to this ruthless trade.

Canned hunting does not benefit conservation. It is purely a money-making endeavor that supports abusing and murdering majestic animals for a quick thrill.

Sign this petition urging South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Barbara Creecy to call for a ban on all canned and captive hunting in South Africa, saving thousands of animals from needless torture and cowardly slaughter.

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BREAKING: Popular Lion Killed by Hunters on World Lion Day, in Zimbabwe

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Jenni Baxter

A popular male lion, which had been photographed frequently by hundreds of visitors to Hwange National Park in west Zimbabwe, was shot dead by hunters this last weekend on World Lion Day (10 August).
Male lion Seduli has been shot dead by hunters in Zimbabwe. Photo: Drew Abrahamson

In a heartbreaking message on social media on Wednesday evening, Captured in Africa (CIA) Foundation founder Drew Abrahamson announced the devastating news, which she had found out today.

The lion was apparently on the outskirts of the park. CIA had regularly published posts about Seduli and another male lion, Mopane, who had been photographed together by many international safari visitors over the past few years.

Abrahamson said: “Despite our previous attempts as a community online to prevent these two males from being hunted, Seduli has unnecessarily lost his life at the hands of hunters and Mopani now roams the wilds without his companion.”

She posted two photos – one of Seduli, and another showing other Hwange male lions who have been killed in this region over the past decade. One of the most famous lions to be killed was one named Cecil in 2015.

Other Hwange male lions killed by hunters in the past decade. Photo: Drew Abrahamson

“Does this number of male lions shot over 10 years in one region appear sustainable to you given that lion populations have declined across Africa by 43% in the last 25 years?

“Add to this that with each of these males taken out of a pride, came the loss of either lionesses and cubs dying in the change-over or conflict it caused.

“Dispersal of youngsters fleeing into external areas creating potential human-wildlife conflict issues with communities living on the borders of the park is not uncommon and is proven in some cases to be as a direct result of these pride males being taken out by hunters,” said Abrahamson.

Supporters of hunting claim that the sport’s focus is on sustainability, and that the areas in which hunting takes place are not suitable for photographic safaris and therefore by using them for hunting it generates revenue to maintain these wild habitats.

“But how are you protecting the wildlife if you are taking out males from prides who frequent the National Park?” asks Abrahamson.

It’s time, she says, for an independent scientific study on the sustainability of the numbers taken from this region, and the impact these losses are having on the lion pride dynamics, as well as the knock-on affect to communities in these areas.

According to Abrahamson, these are healthy lions being taken out of the gene pool, and lions which are still breeding and actively part of a healthy pride. These lions traverse the park and viable protected photographic areas. She says their loss contradicts the hunters’ philosophies.

Abrahamson asked that readers “share this far and wide to raise awareness of the continued unsustainable hunting taking place on the outskirts of Hwange, and to raise a call for the photographic operators and stakeholders in dialogue with Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to address the issue of continued losses of lions known to and photographed by the hundreds of visitors who pay to visit Zimbabwe annually.”

https://www.sapeople.com/2019/08/14/breaking-popular-lion-seduli-killed-by-hunters-on-world-lion-day-in-zimbabwe/amp/

Supermarket Owners Lose Their Store After Vile Trophy Hunting Photos Go Viral

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A French couple who posed with the dead animals they’d slaughtered during a trophy hunt in Africa have lost their jobs after the grotesque pictures were posted on social media, causing public outrage.

Jacques and Martine Alboud (pictured above, left and right), who ran a branch of the Super U co-operative supermarket in L’Arbresle, eastern France, were pictured standing over the bodies of a number of lifeless animals — including a zebra, lion, leopard and hippopotamus — that they had ruthlessly killed during safaris in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Tanzania in 2014 and 2015.

After the images went viral on Twitter and there were calls on Facebook for customers to boycott the store, last week the supermarket group announced that the couple had given up their franchise with immediate effect.

“In the face of condemnation provoked by these actions at the heart of the co-operative and the legitimate public feeling, the store managers have decided to quit immediately the brand and their l’Arbresle store,” Super U said in a statement, adding that it did not condone safari hunting and that the couple’s actions were “in total opposition with the values defended by us.”

The French animal rights organization 30 Millions d’Amis commented that this story was reminiscent of the death of Cecil the lion — who was murdered in Zimbabwe in 2015 by an American dentist and hunter, Walter Palmer — that sparked widespread condemnation. It says that around 8,000 lions have been reared specifically to be hunted down and killed in the last decade in South Africa, and that there has been a 90% fall in the lion population over a century. “The species could disappear by 2050,” it adds.

The couple have so far declined to comment on their actions.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/supermarket-owners-lose-their-store-after-vile-trophy-hunting-photos-go-viral/