United States Fish and Wildlife (USFW) has changed the rules relating to the import of lion trophies into USA.
Most animal welfare orgs have reported the news superficially e.g. "On December 23, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that lions in central and western Africa will be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, while lions in southern and eastern Africa will be classified as threatened—meaning that the importation of the heads, tails, and skins of lions like Cecil will be prohibited, except in limited circumstances. This new rule will undoubtedly reduce the number of lions shot by cruel hunters, such as Walter Palmer, who kill these sensitive, social animals just to hang their body parts on their walls."
CACH is proud to announce that it was awarded the Gold Certificate for winner of the Best Animal Welfare Initiative by World Responsible Tourism at World Travel week in London.
As always lovely news from Jade and photos from Sophie. As you will see below the cub's lives have settled into a routine and so we leave them to their new, wonderful life.
Because hunting involves cruelty, killing and adverse impacts upon biodiversity, you’d expect hunting to be heavily regulated and monitored. And you’d expect animal protection to be lightly regulated, to encourage public participation.
Game Farming and wildlife sanctuary – the telling comparison, read more...
More news of the cubs, Yame & George. They have really grown up so much since their arrival in South Africa. We thank Kevin Richardson for giving them a forever home. But a truly big thanks to Jade for the wonderful care and attention she gives the boys, and for keeping us updated every month.
Jade's report, read here...
50/50 expose on lions
This excellent 50/50 TV program exposes the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa. From cub petting to the lion bone trade, which threatens our wild lion populations.
This is not for sensitive viewers.
We would really like to thank Jade for sending us these inspiring and exciting reports on the progress of Yame & George. As always the boys sound like they are having the time of their lives. That is thanks to all those amazing people who kindly donated to their relocation from Spain to South Africa.
I cannot believe how big Yame & George have grown. Wow, what are you feeding them?
On his Minnesota land, lion hunter is tough on suspected poachers
by Jennifer Bjorhus,
How the wealthy live and have licence to kill.
Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd has this to say about the arrogance of hunting.
Press statement on the illegal hunt of a collared lion at Antionette Farm in Gwayi Conservancy, Hwange District on 1 July 2015 by Bushman Safaries professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst.
Yame & George have grown so big and we thank Jade, their carer, for her report and Kristen for sharing her photos with us.
"We, long standing hunting outfitters, wish to express our opposition to the hunting of canned and captive bred lions"
"We are further aware that there are other outfitters who, like us, condemn this practice. As hunting outfitters and professional hunters, we unanimously and unequivocally;
24 July 2015
PHASA President calls for a review of lion hunting
Hermann Meyeridricks, president of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA), is asking the hunting association to reconsider its position on lion hunting.
In a letter emailed to PHASA members today, Meyeridricks says that the campaign against trophy hunting has intensified around the canned or captive-bred lion hunting issue since its current policy on lion hunting was adopted at its AGM in November 2013.
review by Simon Bloch
The long awaited release of the film Blood Lions doesn't just blow the lid off claims made by the predator breeding and canned lion-hunting industries - it convincingly torpedoes them and debunks the myths one step at a time.
20 July, 2015
Five lies you need to stop believing about the lion cub petting industry
The harsh truth is: when you’re cuddling a lion cub or bottle feeding one, you’re directly funding the canned lion industry.
The cute cub you're cooing over will likely meet it's end at the end of a hunting rifle or bow and arrow.
28 June, 2015
Building a new wildlife sanctuary from scratch is a daunting task. We have done it before in the Kalahari, so we know what we are in for. Our story begins here with the arrival.
Connect with us today
Want a free holiday?
We're offering some really awesome perks and benefits to everyone who helps us crowdfund the Karoo Wildlife Centre.
We've put in every last cent we have to get this project off the ground. Now we need your support. In return we're offering some fantastic benefits, including free holidays, naming rights, and much more.
Choose which perk you like best, make a donation, and we'll make it happen.
Please take a look at our Events page and you will see what our representatives around the world are up to. Read the reports there for the annual Global March for Lions which took place on April 2nd 2016. Details in the meme below.
The Best animal welfare initiative category is awarded to a tourism business or organisation leading the way in their approach to the care, well being and dignity of animals.
Live Encounters Magazine
Article by Chris Mercer
The consequences of allowing wealthy foreign hunters to pervert conservation policies and move the conservation debate away from true fundamentals, will hasten the destruction of the African continent’s priceless, irreplaceable wildlife heritage. Then what?
Daily Express U.K.
26 October, 2015
Interesting article about South Africa's shame - canned lion hunting.
A legal analysis of the comoditisation and exploitation of lions in the commercial lion industry of South Africa.
By Ricci Goldstein
University of the Witwatersrand. contact email@example.com
Supervisor: Prof Tracy Humby
23 July, 2015
How can there be meaningful dialogue when Government only invite the Hunters Association and Predator Breeding association to meet.
It’s estimated that around 700 lions are shot by hunters for trophies every year in the country, but in some cases these are half-tame lions, straight from captivity. Watch the clip for the latest on the topic,
eNCALIVE the business of wildlife in SA
10 June, 2015
eNCAlive we debate the merits and dangers of wildlife businesses. How is canned hunting contributing to South African tourism? Are private game parks big enough to accommodate wild animals? Do patrons follow the rules?
Airlines around the world place embargo on tropies
25 April, 2015
We are thrilled to report that the following Airlines will no longer carry the trophies of Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Tiger.
Here is the list so far, along with key statements:
IAG Cargo (British Airways World Cargo & Iberia Cargo)
“We have recently enhanced our policy to ban any form of animal trophy, irrespective of CITES appendix.”
Lufthansa (6th largest air cargo carrier in the world):
“Lufthansa Cargo has decided not to transport any trophies of the African fauna, e.g. lions, elephants and rhinos, in or out of Africa – including legally hunted or legally acquired trophies.”
Brussels Airlines (directly serves 20 African destinations):
"Brussels Airlines has modified their Cargo policy to ban the transport of any hunting trophies across their entire network with immediate effect."
“SIA Cargo carried out a review which took into account increasing concerns around the world related to the transportation of hunting trophies. Following the review, SIA Cargo no longer accepts the carriage of hunting trophies, with effect from 19 May 2015. Thank you.”
Emirates Airlines (3rd largest air cargo carrier worldwide)
“[W]e will not accept any kind of Hunting Trophies of elephant, rhinoceros, lion and tiger for carriage on Emirates services, irrespective of CITES appendix.”
Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice-President & Chief Communications Officer, Kevin Shinkle, recently posted a response to the Italian version of my petition stating “Delta Air Lines does not engage in this activity.”
Qatar Airways Cargo
"This is to inform you that the embargo is placed for carriage of hunting trophies on Qatar Airways flights with immediate effect."
"We have had the policy not to carry wildlife trophies since we formed Jetlines."
Virgin, BA and United and American Airlines have decided to no longer carry trophies on the airlines.
8 June, 2015
By Andreas Wilson-Spath.
In an article published in the Sunday Times a week ago [May 31], Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, admonishes conservationists to “put the lid on” what she believes are unfounded claims of canned lion hunting in South Africa that are “damaging our reputation for species conservation”.
27 May, 2015
Read this very good article in Projects Abroad by Samantha Evans.
Do not become part of an industry whose whole business model is based on cruelty.
By Susan Orlean
The first time I saw one of Richardson’s videos, I was transfixed. After all, every fiber in our being tells us not to cozy up with animals as dangerous as lions. When someone defies that instinct, it seizes our attention like a tightrope walker without a net. I was puzzled by how Richardson managed it, but just as much by why. Was he a daredevil with a higher threshold for fear and danger than most people?