Reality Stars, Trophy Hunters, and Gun Boosters: Meet the Trump Administration’s Wildlife Conservation Council – Mother Jones

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Cecil the lion gained fame after he was killed by Safari Club International member Walter Palmer during a hunt in Zimbabwe. Paula French/ZUMA

The Trump administration has launched a commission at the Interior Department to promote big-game trophy hunting and the “economic benefits that result from US citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.” The council, which will cost taxpayers $250,000 a year, is charged with making recommendations to Secretary Ryan Zinke about removing barriers to importing trophy hunting animals—such as the recently overturned ban on elephant and lion trophies from some countries—and relaxing legal restrictions on hunting and importing endangered species.

The members of the International Wildlife Conservation Council, which is holding its first meeting Friday, include a reality-TV safari hunting guide, a former beauty queen, gun industry representatives, members and affiliates of a controversial trophy hunting group, and a veterinarian associated with an exotic animal breeding facility in Florida that sells endangered animals to roadside zoos.

“It’s really embarrassing,” says Masha Kalinina, the international trade policy specialist for the wildlife department at the Humane Society International. “I just question the qualifications of each and every one of these people. Notably missing from this trophy hunting council are legitimate representatives of the conservation community with proper scientific credentials and a record of successful conservation programs, along with wildlife law enforcement experts and biologists who have no financial stake in promoting trophy hunting.”

The council’s charter calls hunting “an enhancement to foreign wildlife conservation and survival.” Along with pushing to relax imports of trophy animals, it will also review the way the US complies with an international treaty designed to protect endangered plants and animals that guides regulation of the exotic animal trade. But the membership of the council seems heavily weighted toward people who think the best way to conserve wildlife is to kill it.

Indeed, the country’s largest trophy-hunting lobby seems to have an outsized role on the council. Of the 16 IWCC members, at least 10 have an affiliation with Safari Club International, which represents wealthy big-game hunters who often tangle with the Fish and Wildlife Service over permits to import of game trophies from overseas, particularly for endangered species. The advocacy group, with 50,000 members, frequently lobbies Congress and federal agencies to fight environmental regulations. It sued to overturn the Obama-era ban on importing elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Trump administration ended the ban earlier this month, despite the president’s earlier objections and comments that elephant hunting is a “horror show.”

Perhaps SCI’s most famous member is Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who got into hot water in 2015 for killing a lion named Cecil who lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and was being studied by scientists at Oxford University. Palmer was never charged with any crimes, but the killing helped drive public opinion even further against trophy hunting. A Marist poll that year showed that nearly 90 percent of Americans are opposed to big-game hunting, and more than 60 percent believed it should be banned.
The membership of the council seems heavily weighted toward people who think the best way to conserve wildlife is to kill it.

SCI’s political action committee supported President Donald Trump’s election and Zinke’s US House campaigns in Montana. The principal deputy director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Greg Sheehan, who is effectively running the agency in the absence of a congressionally confirmed director, oversees the IWCC. He is an SCI member and attended the group’s convention in Las Vegas last month when it awarded its “professional hunter of the year” honors to a South African man who has been fined for leading hunts of endangered black rhinos.

SCI’s president, Paul Babaz, is now a member of the IWCC. Another SCI-affiliated member, Mike Ingram, was a co-founder of a short-lived nonprofit set up in 2016 by Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr. that was accused of selling access to the president. The Trump brothers themselves are well-known trophy hunters who caused a stir when photos surfaced of them in Zimbabwe with the carcasses of dead trophy animals, including a leopard and an elephant.

Don Jr. appears to be keeping tabs on the new wildlife council. When Cameron Hanes, a professional bow hunter, announced his appointment to the IWCC on Instagram in January, Don Jr. congratulated him, writing, “well done and well deserved. As I’ve spoken about numerous times @realdonaldtrump has always given opportunities to those who deserve it not just those whose turn it is.”

Other members of the council are affiliated with the gun industry, including Peter Horn, a vice president of Beretta and former president of SCI, and Erica Rhoad, the director of hunting at the National Rifle Association.

Befitting the Trump administration, the Interior Department has appointed a number of reality TV stars to the wildlife council. Among them is Ivan Carter, a safari hunting guide and regular speaker at SCI events who’s frequently identified in press accounts as having been born in “Southern Rhodesia,” the former British colony that became Zimbabwe. Carter, who bears a faint resemblance to Crocodile Dundee, has hosted the Dallas Safari Club’s Tracks Across Africa TV show on the Outdoor Channel and his own Outdoor Channel show, Carter’s W.A.R.

Another member, Denise Welker, killed an elephant in Botswana on one of Carter’s safari hunts. She received an award last year from SCI underwritten by the NRA, and her husband is the co-chair of SCI’s Africa record-keeping committee. Then there’s Olivia Nalos Opre, a former Mrs. Nebraska who judges the televised Extreme Huntress competition for female trophy hunters, hosts other hunting shows, and does trainings for the Dallas SCI. Keith Mark, also on the council, co-hosted a hunting show with former professional wrestler Shawn Michaels.

One of the only members of the council who appears to have any scientific expertise is Jenifer Chatfield, a veterinarian who specializes in zoo medicine. But she, too, is not without a business interest in the animal trade. Chatfield is the staff veterinarian and vice president of the 4J Conservation Center in Florida. The private, for-profit center is run by Chatfield’s father, John Chatfield, an exotic animal breeder whose outfit previously sold animals to Texas hunting parks known as “canned ranches,” where people pay large sums to kill endangered animals within the fenced confines of the ranch.

John Chatfield is a co-founder of the Zoological Association of America, a group that offers accreditation to roadside and other private zoos that can’t meet the animal welfare standards of the more rigorous Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal welfare advocates have criticized the ZAA for protecting shady exotic animal breeders. The 4J Conservation Center holds a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service that allows it to trade in captive-born endangered species within the United States. The Department of Agriculture has cited 4J for unsafe and unsanitary conditions that violate the Animal Welfare Act.

“It’s like a puppy mill for lemurs,” says Delcianna Winders, a vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In 2013, a red kangaroo escaped from the 4J center and had to be chased down by state wildlife officials, who shot it with tranquilizer darts. The kangaroo died two hours later. Later, an inventory showed that Chatfield had more than 60 kangaroos in pens on the compound.

The 4J center has loaned lemurs to a Tampa zoo, where Jenifer Chatfield experimented on them. In 2006, she published the results of a study in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine in which the lemurs were anesthetized and given as many as 50 shock treatments to force them to “electroejaculate” for artificial insemination collections. The procedure causes the animals to suffer from a “urethral plug” that can be fatal; these plugs were removed with forceps. Chatfield was testing a technique to prevent the blocks. Two years after the study, the zoo lost its accreditation for, among other things, trading animals with unaccredited facilities.

Reached by phone, Jenifer Chatfield referred questions about her appointment to the council to the Interior Department, which did not respond to a request for comment. John Chatfield could not be reached for comment.

Wildlife conservation and animal welfare groups and more than 60 scientists and economists have written to the Fish and Wildlife Service to protest the council and its membership. They argue that the way it was created violates federal law because of the lack of a balance of perspectives, its potential for capture by special interests, and the absence of public benefits. PETA’s Winders says the council’s creation is “openly defiant of the Federal Advisory Act, which requires a host of things, one of which is balanced representation, and this reads like a who’s who of hunting interests. I think we will see some legal challenges to this committee before long.” Indeed, on Wednesday, the wildlife conservation group Born Free sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for refusing to release documents related to the council’s creation.

Correction: An earlier version of the photo caption in this story stated that Cecil the lion was killed in an illegal hunt. In fact, the hunt has not been found to have broken any laws.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/reality-stars-trophy-hunters-and-gun-boosters-meet-the-trump-administrations-wildlife-conservation-council/

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Petition: It’s Cecil the Lion all over again! “Big Tusker” the elephant killed by hunters in Zimbabwe.

by: Care2 Team
target: Government of Zimbabwe

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Every animal lover will remember the day they learned about the death of Cecil. Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, who was lured out of his reserve by an American hunter and shot. The animal was left to suffer in agony for hours before it finally died. What made the news even worse was that Cecil was being studied by scientists to learn more about lion habits.

Now, a similar story has emerged but this time the victim was an extremely rare type of elephant known as a “Big-Tusker.” Big-Tuskers are elephants with tusks so long they reach the ground. According to the latest study, there are only around 30 left on Earth.

Make that 29, unfortunately, one was murdered last month by a Russian trophy hunter on a Safari Club affiliated hunt.

To make matters worse — like Cecil — the pachyderm was collared and was being studied by researchers. The hunters claim not to have seen the collar but even if that were the case, there are currently no laws in Zimbabwe that prohibit hunters from killing collared animals!

It is unbelievable that Zimbabwe allows the murder of animals so important they are being specifically studied by scientists. It must stop.

It is time to have your voice heard and demand that Zimbabwe stop these senseless killings. Help to make sure this never happens again. Ask Zimbabwe to ban the killing of ALL collared animals — and save the last of the “Big Tusker” elephants!

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Petition · Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter: Stop The Execution Of One Grizzly Bear! · Change.org

On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. Ohio’s Fish and Game Commission voted for a hunt that would allow for the glory killing of one male grizzly bear. This is totally senseless and unjustified action on behalf of an agency that prides itself on conservation and touts the grizzly bears’ recovery as a success.

When the Yellowstone grizzly bears lost their federal protections the grizzly bears’ future landed in the hands of three neighboring states Montana, Wyoming, Idaho. Montana voted against a grizzly bear hunting season. Wyoming is moving forward with plans to slaughter 24 grizzly bears this fall and Idaho has set its sights on one male grizzly bear.

Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area are challenged with ever-growing threats such as habitat loss, human cause fatalities, lost a vital food sources, and now trophy hunting.

The fact is that this hunt has nothing to do with necessity or science, but rather an agency catering to special interest groups and offering them an opportunity to “bag” their trophy.

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All trophy hunters would  “BURN IN HELL”  come Judgement Day!

Heartbreaking News! A Big-Tusker That Was Collared For Research Killed By Russian Hunter In Zimbabwe – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 27, 2018

Pictured is the dead elephant alongside hunt leader Martin Pieters. Photo sourced from social media as per Africa Geographic
Tragically, a Big-Tusker bull elephant that was collared for research purposes was killed earlier this month by a Russian trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.
The unnamed hunter was among a group of seven that included a government ranger and two trackers from the community with detailed knowledge of the area; all of who claim, at the time, to have not noticed that the elephant was collared.
As per Africa Geographic, the 14-day “legal” hunt was reportedly under the direction of professional hunter Martin Pieters of Martin Pieters Safaris, a member of Safari Club International, and took place in the community-run conservancy Naivasha which borders on the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
“There is no law that protects a collared animal from being hunted in Zimbabwe, but there is a general acceptance that the ethical position is that a hunter will avoid shooting an animal with a collar,” noted The Frankfurt Zoological Society, which collared this and other elephants for research purposes, in a statement. “The data from this bull has been captured and will help us with our ongoing efforts to find solutions, together with our local and international partners, to conservation questions in a world where the challenges to find space for wildlife and their habitats are becoming ever more complicated.”
Sadly, there are less than 30 big tuskers left in Africa.
Unfathomably, the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association called this senseless loss “a genuine mistake due to a lack of communication.”
But Make No Mistake About This; Hunting Wild Animals For So-Called “Trophies” Should Never Happen Let Alone Be Permitted!

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Petition update · One Year Ago the US-Senate Voted to Kill Wolf Pups and Hibernating Bears. The Law is still in effect · Change.org

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One Year Ago the US-Senate Voted to Kill Wolf Pups and Hibernating Bears. The Law is still in effect
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Mar 21, 2018 — One year ago today, the US-Senate passed S.J. RES. 18 by a vote of 51 to 47 to allow the Killing of Denning Wolves and their Pups, Hibernating Bears, and other Predators on National Refuges Land in Alaska. Trump signed it into law without hesitation.
THIS LAW IS STILL IN EFFECT!
All 51 Republicans and one Independent voted in favor, all 47 Nays were Democrats and 1 Independent.

Vote them out of office coming November.
Breaking – Senate Votes to Allow Killing of Wolves on National Refuge Lands in Alaska
Breaking – Senate Votes to Allow Killing of Wolves on National Refuge Lands in Alaska
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Botswana’s President Ian Khama Blasts Trump For “Encouraging Elephant Trophy Hunting” – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
March 19, 2018

The decision by Trump to reverse a ban on the imports of animal “trophies” into the United States continues to cause a rippling effect across the globe.
Most recently, on Friday, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, who is stepping down from his office in two weeks, called out Trump while speaking at the anti-poaching Giant’s Club Summit in Kasane, a town in the northeastern corner of the South African country near the borders of Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Khama stated, as per africanews.com, that he wanted “to take this moment to condemn in the strongest possible terms” the March 1st decision made by the Trump administration to immediately begin considering issuing “trophy” importation permits on a “case by case” basis.
“I think that this administration is undermining our efforts and also encouraging poaching in the process because they are well aware of our laws that prohibit hunting in Botswana,” said Khama.
The controversial decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior allows when approved, for tusks and skins of elephants killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be legally imported into the United States.
Botswana is reportedly one of 32 African countries at the conference calling on the European Union to end its ivory trade.
According to the Daily Nation, Kenya, Uganda, and Gabon were also among the countries urging European countries to follow the likes of China and Hong Kong and ban the trade.

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Petition: End Trophy Hunting Where Cecil the Lion Was Brutally Murdered

In July of 2015, American dentist Walter Palmer pay $50,000 to murder a beloved lion by the name of Cecil.

It turns out that not only did it this arrogant man paid to lull a human habituated wild animal to his death, but he allowed him to suffer for over 12 hours with a chest wound. This is just the most public and horrifying example of a tragedy.

A new book is about to come out by a research studying Cecil for over 8 years when he was murdered by Palmer. In the book, you can read about some of the ways that Walter acted badly and that Zimbabwe government look the other way.

You can also read about his torture last hours. The details around the case were reported many different ways and this book should set the record straight. Sign the petition to And trophy hunting in and around Hwange National Park.

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Petition · the Federal Ministry of the Environment and Conservation: Germany, Stop the Import of Hunting Trophies of Protected Animals · Change.org

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Boycott the film “Trophy”

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Tomorrow, CNN broadcasts the film “Trophy”, a pro-trophy hunting film.

The film was initially presented to CWI as a balanced look at trophy hunting. For that reason, we gave an interview for the film. Executive Director Carrie LeBlanc appears in Trophy, as one of only two primary dissenting voices against trophy hunting.

When we saw the completed film last fall, we were horrified. As it turns out, the films director manipulated and used an anti-trophy hunting protest we held in Las Vegas to their own ends and put a trophy hunter amongst our protesters to provoke response.

Trophy attempts, poorly, to make trophy hunters seem like sympathetic figures, instead of the killers they are.

While we are unhappy to be featured in a pro-trophy hunting film, we…

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The Big Game killing field: Sickening bloodlust of trophy hunters who kill endangered animals for sport exposed – Mirror Online

Philip Glass shows No Remorse and even boast. “God says we have dominan over the animals.” That means we can do what we choose with them.

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Petition: Bring Hossein Soudy Golabchi, the US Snow Leopard POACHER to justice

111531-1508806255-wide(3).jpgNowhere in the entire Western Hemisphere (and the rest of the world) that allows anyone to go to Central Asia to poach A.K.A. “trophy hunt” a snow leopard.

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Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island

Sunday, Oct 15 2017

‘The 3am stop at a remote station miles from home is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life.’
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Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island
By The Siberian Times reporter
04 August 2017


Macabre remains of six slaughtered polar bears, ‘beheaded with their skins removed’, now under criminal investigation.

The skulls of the polar bears had been removed in a way that is consistent with trophy hunters. Picture: Russian Centre for Arctic Exploration


The gruesome evidence of illegal hunting was found on uninhabited Vilkitsky Island in the Kara Sea.

The carcasses and used gun cartridges were found by members of an ecological clean-up team sent to the remote territory.

Summer thawing meant the polar bear remains became visible.


There are claims that local police initially sought to cover up the crime – possibly suggesting an elite hunting group was involved in the bloody massacre. But the prosecutor’s office subsequently opened a criminal probe.

Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island
Polar bear rugs are highly sought after in black market sales, where they can fetch around $17,000 each. Picture: Russian Centre for Arctic Exploration

Andrey Baryshnikov, head of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, said: ‘When they spotted the carcasses they immediately got in touch with me via satellite connection because this is a very serious case.

‘We passed the information to the police.’

A case was opened once law enforcement received the gruesome pictures of the polar bear remains.

‘For now we cannot say exactly how old the bears were, or whether they were were male, female or cubs; nor is it clear how long the carcasses were there.’


Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island
Audacious hunters even left messages to each other scrawled on the island’s lighthousehe. Picture: Russian Centre for Arctic Exploration

Deputy governor of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region Alexander Mazharov said: ‘There were many polar bears at Vilkitsky island and unfortunately poachers came to hunt them.

‘Our guys have already found several dead bodies of the animals.

‘Now we are gathering information. We won’t let them get away with it.’

The skulls of the polar bears had been removed in a way that is consistent with trophy hunters.
Polar bear rugs are highly sought after in black market sales, where they can fetch around $17,000 each.

The slaughter of Red Book polar bears is illegal under international and Russian laws.

Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island

Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island
One missive from Stepan to another hunter read: ‘I was here, killed 5 bears, good luck to you.’ Pictures: Russian Centre for Arctic Exploration

In April 2017 there was an expedition by Russian Geographic Society to Vilkitsky,’ said Baryshnikov.

‘They found a skin of a freshly killed polar bear. The offenders were caught very quickly and as I heard they were sentenced already.

‘These bears were not spotted then because they were under the snow obviously.’

There are prolific numbers of bears on Vilkitsky Island ‘and poachers obviously know that’, he said.

‘The investigation is ongoing.’

Yet there are also now reports that there are now no bears left on the isolated island.


Massacre of polar bears by ‘trophy hunters’ on remote Arctic island
The expedition sent to the island in July 2017 to remove Soviet-era waste. Picture: Russian Centre for Arctic Exploration

Audacious hunters even left messages to each other scrawled on the island’s lighthouse.

One missive from Stepan to another hunter read: ‘I was here, killed 5 bears, good luck to you.’

The expedition was sent to the island to remove Soviet-era waste as part of the Green Arctic project.

The island is nine kilometres wide and about 18 km long, or 40 km including Vostochnaya Spit.

Discovered in 1874, it was named after Lieutenant General Andrei Vilkitsky (1858-1913).
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Ban Trophy Hunting

 

Trophy hunters are threatening to demolish what remains of South African wildlife, claiming that their callous hobby is important to the continent’s economy. Not only are they selfishly seeking justification for killing innocent animals, they are incorrect. Sign this petition to demand a full ban of trophy hunting in South Africa.

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Petition update · Country Singer and Trophy Hunter Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash Sep 8, 2017 · Change.org

 

Under Armour: Stop Promoting the Slaughter of Wildlife!

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Country Singer and Trophy Hunter Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash Sep 8, 2017
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Sep 11, 2017 — Among a lifetime of killing countless animals for trophies, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was convicted in 2004 of killing a tame bear (video) in a canned hunt and bragged about it publicly calling it a hunt in the wild. He was found out and forced to give up his trophy as well as apologize publicly.
Now he is dead, at 50.

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Petition update · Canada is the Only Nation that Still Allows the Killing of Polar Bears by Trophy Hunters · Change.org

Sep 6, 2017 — If you’d like to put an end to that please contact the office of the Canadian Prime Minister:

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Petition · Remove Aryanna Gourdin’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook · Change.org


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Ban trophy hunting – save the lions! – Rainforest Rescue


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Oh Karma… Trophy Hunting Italian Vet Meets His Demise While Hunting Wild Birds | One Green Planet

Oh Karma… Trophy Hunting Italian Vet Meets His Demise While Hunting Wild Birds

Michelle Neff
December 15, 2016

A veterinarian who posed next to a lion he had killed recently died after falling off a 100-foot ravine while shooting birds. For a story like this, one would probably assume that we would take some sort of almost celebratory stance in the face of a hunter facing karma, but we’re kinda not going to go there. A man is dead, lions are being hunted for trinkets and the entire thing is pretty much awful.
Luciano Ponzetto is a veterinarian who received massive backlash after posting this photo.

After posting the photo of him with the lion, Ponzetto was forced to step down as medical director of a kennel business, even though he felt he “did nothing wrong.” Sadly, this is a fallacy that many trophy hunters believe, but it doesn’t change the fact that African lions are highly endangered in the wild. According to a report in National Geographic, “Approximately 600 lions are killed every year on trophy hunts, including lions in populations that are already declining from other threats.” It is easy for trophy hunters to see their kill as “just one animal,” but that fails to recognize that these animals exist in an ecosystem. Adult male lions are the favorite of hunters because of their prowess, but males play a very important role in stabilizing the pride. Reportedly, the death of a male lion, “can lead to more lion deaths as outside males compete to take over the pride.”
Further, the practice of “canned” hunting has gained traction in the past few decades. Here, lions are bred in captivity for the sole purpose of being auctioned off to trophy hunters who gun them down within the safety of an enclosure that animals have no hope of escaping from. According to Born Free USA’s Adam Roberts, despite the fact that lions have experienced a rate of decline of 50 percent in the past three generations, the trade in lions continues to rise — from 5,418 declared exports of lion specimens from 2003-2007 to 9,400 from 2008-2013 — elevating the threat that international trade represents for the species. With this in mind, it is never okay to glorify the killing of a lion for the sake of our entertainment.

While we can definitely understand the sentiments of those who regard Ponzetto, and those like him, with fury, we don’t celebrate anyone’s death (human or animal) and see the entire situation as utterly senseless. Ponzetto passed away after falling down a 100-foot ravine while shooting birds. Yes, it might seem karma-tic, but the fact is, he should have never been in that situation in the first place. We have to ask ourselves if the “thrill of the hunt” is really worth risking your own life – while deliberately taking that of another.

Here’s a novel concept that can keep this situation from happening in the future. Let’s leave the wildlife alone. Instead of going to shoot big game, why not take a trip to simply appreciate these animals in their natural state? You can also support organizations like the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the World Wildlife Fund who are working towards conservation – without killing.

Stop Trump Family’s Slaughter of Elephants and Leopards – #StopTrumpTrophies

 

Donald Trump’s sons are proud “big game” hunters who pose with the dead exotic animals after they’ve murdered them. Donald Trump defends the practice saying “My sons love to hunt.” Demand the Trump family stop slaughtering innocent and majestic creatures.

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Petition · Under Armour: Trophy Hunting Is Inhumane! · Change.org


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Protect Endangered Leopards from Trophy Hunting

 

Leopards are being murdered by trophy hunters for sport, threatening the species’ survival. Urge authorities to protect leopards and ensure the import of their body parts is stopped by classifying the species as endangered.

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Cecil the Lion killer Walter Palmer looks relaxed 1 year after murdering Zimbabwe icon | Daily Mail Online


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petition: Stop Namibia From Inviting Rich Hunters to Kill Endangered Black Rhinos!

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Ban Hunting Trophy Imports to Stop Slaughter of Endangered Animals

 

Americans were responsible for half of all lions killed during the last decade and have slaughtered countless endangered animals, according to a recent report. Despite these facts, it is still legal for hunters to bring their kills home. Demand a ban on animal “trophy” imports in order to dissuade future hunters and protect wildlife.

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OCEANCARE | Trophy hunting

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South Africa bans leopard hunt

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The leopard is one of five game most desired by hunters along with lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant [Themba Hadebe/AP]

It costs up to $20,000 to shoot a leopard and foreign hunters will be refunded deposits with the cats’ numbers unclear.

South Africa has banned the leopard hunt for the 2016 season – the first time in decades hunters with deep pockets cannot target the so-called “Big 5” game animals in the country.

The temporary ban comes in the wake of a global uproar last year over the killing ofCecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by a US dentist.

The decision to ban the leopard hunt, however, was driven by science, not emotion.

South African Environment Minister Edna Molewa is a vocal advocate of the hunting industry, which the government estimates contributes $410m annually to Africa’s most advanced economy.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute, a government research organisation…

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petition: Urgent: Stop the Las Vegas Trophy Hunting Auction!

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/774/929/935/#

Don’t Let Hunter Ship Tusks of Murdered Elephant

One of the largest elephants on the planet was killed by a German businessman hunting in Zimbabwe. Ask the Berlin international airport to ban the import of hunting trophies to help fight barbaric big game hunting.

Source: Don’t Let Hunter Ship Tusks of Murdered Elephant

RAINER SCHORR HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAN WHO WAS BORN WITHOUT A PENIS

The Monsters Among Us

**ELEPHANT KILLER IDENTIFIED**

Zimbabwe elephant hunter identified as German property mogul RAINER SCHORR  , this penisless guy murdered the largest elephant in Africa.
Most interesting this guy was born without a penis.

Route de Moncor 10 1752 Villars-sur-Glâne One of  Rainer Schorr’s many homes this one in Switzerland, 1752 Villars-sur-Glâne

His work address is RSB – 19, Europa Center, Tauentzienstraße 9, 10789 Berlin, Germany

+49 30 886267421

Tauentzienstraße 9-12, 10789 Berlin, Germany Tauentzienstraße 9-12, 10789 Berlin, Germany

2D739AC500000578-0-The_elephant_had_tusks_which_weighed_122_pounds_and_is_thought_t-m-3_1445357823911 Rainer Schorr MURDERED THIS ELEPHANT TO COMPENSATE FOR BEING BORN WITHOUT A PENIS

2D739ACD00000578-0-The_identity_of_the_elephant_remains_unknown_but_it_is_thought_t-m-4_1445357835992 THE ELEPHANT Rainer Schorr MURDERED

Rainer Schorr is 53 and is from Berlin

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THIS PENISLESS MONSTER WITH THE FOLLOWING CONTACT INFORMATION:

This is his business profile RSB – MANAGMENT
…. is the founder, sole shareholder and CEO of RSB.

He has 35 years of experience in real estate and management. His key activities to date:

ESTAVIS AG (2006-2009)

  • foundation as sole shareholder, 2006
  • successful IPO in 2007 at the Prime…

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