Global March for Lions was a roaring success.
What will you do for our lions on World Animal Day?
THE FIRST GLOBAL MARCH FOR LIONS EVER
South African wildlife activists initiated a Global March for Lions that was held in 62 cities throughout the world to highlight the plight of lions caught up in the canned hunting industry.
The march was held on Saturday 15th March 2014.
Hover your cursor over the Home button above to see all the Global March pages, including the list of cities, details of the organisers, the Facebook page links etc.
ORGANISERS REPORTS, PICTURES AND VIDEOS
We have posted the organisers' reports here http://www.cannedlion.org/organisers-and-marches.html
Please read how 62 cities around the world marched to end canned hunting. Wonderful stories and experiences from around the world. Every report has its own stories and videos. Every report is worth reading, it will tell you how the world feels about the canned hunting industry.
All the relevant email addresses can be found here http://www.cannedlion.org/global-march.html
along with information which you can use in your emails.
To listen to the popular podcast on Urban Jungles Radio in New York, with host Danny Mendez, explaining canned hunting, click here
What is Canned Hunting?
There is no legal definition, but the absence of fair chase is key.
Canned hunting is where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or by mental constraints (tame, habituated to humans.)
There are fewer than 4000 lions left in the ’wild’ in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons.
The on-going capture of wild lions to introduce fresh blood into captive breeding, and the growth of the lion bone trade to Asia will impact severely on wild lions from poaching.
This toxic and cruel industry needs to be closed down.
What we do
Formed by Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan for reasons related in their book Kalahari Dream, www.kalahari-dream.com CACH is an animal advocacy organisation.
What is animal advocacy? Essentially, it comprises raising awareness, using all media to expose the evils and the cruelty.
Canned hunting only exists because of a failure of government policy, and then it is ferociously defended by wealthy vested interests. Canned hunting can only be abolished by a sustained campaign to raise awareness, and to change policy. Then, an informed public must persuade US and EU governments to ban the import of lion/predator trophies.
Only that way can the supply of dollars be cut off, and the industry closed down.
All sources of income need to be challenged, especially cub petting, whereby lion farmers are able to externalise the costs of rearing their living targets.
Also the extortionate fees charged to volunteers, who pay to work at lion farms in the naïve belief that they are assisting conservation.
CACH is grateful to the Protea Hotel group who have graciously offered us sponsored accommodation when we have to visit Cape Town. Thank you.
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Hunting - a threat to our national interests
Which national interests are threatened?
1. Our economy.
2. Our land use.
3. Our unemployment problem.
4. Our wildlife heritage.
5. Our foreign currency reserves.
6. Our Fiscus – tax receipts.
7. Our agricultural industry.
8. Our tourism industry, and the jobs that come with it.
9. Our efforts to stop corruption.
10. Our efforts to transition to a more caring society from a violent one.
11. Our environment.
THE LIFE OF A CAPTIVE BRED LION IN SOUTH AFRICA.
From Cub Petting to the last day for a captive bred lion. Please educate yourself about the captive lion breeding business so that you can do the right thing.
Did You Know?
Did you know that there are an estimated 55,000 Jaguars left in the Central American jungles?
And that lion numbers have collapsed to the point that there are only an estimated 25,000 lions left alive on the whole African continent now - and declining fast!
Yet Jaguars and all other big cats are all listed on CITES Appendix 1 - except for lions, which can still be freely hunted because they are only CITES App 11.
Now why is it, that although there are twice as many Jaguars as lions left in the wild, that Jaguars are specially protected against hunters, but lions are not? Surely, logic dictates that it should be the other way around.
My own suspicion, knowing that conservation is controlled by the hunting industry is that Big Hunting was happy to have Jaguars put on CITES App 1 because who wants to go to a central american jungle and get bitten by leeches and mosquitoes?
But, Big Hunting loves to hunt lions in pampered 5-star luxury safari lodges in the pleasant African savannah, so forget the numbers in the wild and screw the conservationists, Big Hunting will not allow lions to be raised to App 1.
Am I being unduly cynical?