Wildlife abuse is out of control in South Africa
Not for sensitive viewers.
What most tourists never get to see or understand is that many of these 'nature destinations' are in some way or other caught up in the new and growing trend in South Africa -- breeding wild animals for the gun!
Global March for lions 2015
20 March, 2015
Johannesburg team share their protest experience with us.
CACH protesters know that they are there to protest the canned lion hunting industry. Lion Park protesters, when asked, did not know why they were there.
Terrific overview of the world marching to ban canned lion hunting
21 March, 2015
Christine Jordaan shares this amazing collection of march events around the world.
People everywhere are making it abundantly clear that canned hunting has no place in the 21st century.
Save and protect our treasures
In Africa hundreds of lion cubs are bred for one reason only: to be petted by tourists and volunteers. This is their story. We thank SPOTS in the Netherlands for their commitment to the lions in Africa.
Prince Buthelezi, leader of IFP, talks about canned lion hunting
The IFP again stands up for our lions, asking government to take responsibility for the cruelty to this iconic animal.
Member's statement by The Hon SJ Nkomo MP - Inkatha Freedom Party
12 March, 2015
One year ago, in this House, the Inkatha Freedom Party tabled a Motion Without Notice decrying the barbaric practice of canned lion hunting.
Walk with Yame and George
Join Kevin Richardson on a walk with the two Spanish lion cubs
6 March, 2015
Walks like these enrich the lives of the growing cubs and broaden their education.
This is an account by two young ladies who volunteered, thinking they would make a difference
2 March, 2015
Beth & Sarah
We booked our trip in February 2014 and spent the following 12 months paying off the balance of the trip, excessively online shopping for any supplies we imagined we would need and mentally preparing ourselves for the trip of a lifetime. When the time finally came for us to leave rainy England and jet off to South Africa to take part in ‘animal conservation’ the excitement was not only too much to handle, but also phenomenally short lived.
Read more of this tragic story...
Shocking Failure of conservation: Regulatory Capture and the 2015 Hunting Notice for the Western Cape Province, South Africa
02 March, 2015
South African 'conservation' services have completely lost their way.
Lion filming techniques
Kevin Richardson explains how he gets those amazing close-up video clips of his lions
27 Feb, 2015
Here lion whisperer Kevin shows us the different Go-Pro camera techniques he uses.
Oh! how we have grown up. New adventures and photos of Yame & George
I hope this finds you well. Its that time again, for a little update on the adventures of George and Yame.
Memorable quotes from the debate on canned lion hunting in the Australian Parliament
9 Feb, 2015
Reported in Hansard - the official record of Parliamentary debate.
Jason Wood MP:
I spoke in this place in May last year about the appalling practice of canned hunting and today I rise with the knowledge that my words back then are resonating increasingly in our community, in our parliament and around the world. People see this practice, as I do, as cruel and barbaric.
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23 March, 2015
Daily tourism update
Animal activists outside the Lion Park protests against canned lion hunting. What do people think about cub petting and establishments like the Lion Park?
Read more here...
Two thirds of Africa's lions have been lost on 35 years, and would-be hunters are increasingly shooting captive, farmed and often tame lions in 'canned hunts'. Claims are that this helps to preserve wild lion populations - but Dominic Dyer fears the reverse is the case.
20 March, 2015
Mail & Guardian
That foreign governments need to legislate to combat South Africa’s unscrupulous practices is eerily reminiscent of the past. As Terri Stander, DA deputy spokesperson for environmental affairs, asks: “How is it possible that the international community cares more about our wildlife than we do?”
South Africa’s lion hunting industry has little to do with conservation and everything to do with profit but it seems only foreign governments care.
20 March, 2015
SA People News
“Petted for Money, Killed for Profit.”
Visitors to petting zoos and breeding facilities, and who make physical contact with lion cubs, are inadvertently contributing to the death by bullet of that same animal when he or she is an adult.
Jhb North West Branch.
Rhino poaching has been a major problem in South Africa with hundreds of rhinos being killed for their horns in the past few years.
But recently, there has been another, equally frightening, issue that has become more prevalent in SA. This is canned lion hunting.
17 March, 2015
Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for the Environment
"It is a practice that never had a time, but it is a practice whose time has surely come to pass.”
13 March 2015,
Acting Assistant Secretary
Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch
Department of the Environment
The Australian Government introduced a measure to treat specimens of African lion as though they are listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
This measure affects Australian import and export of lion specimens, and bans trade in African lion hunting trophies.
4 March, 2015
Big Johns’ story and subsequent death are very relevant to the hotly debated topic of trophy hunting.
While estimates of wild lion populations vary, it is safe to assume the number to be in the region of 20 000. With 7 billion people on the planet and rising, the lion population is in dire straits.
We thank 60 Minutes team of CBS News for their absorbing expose of the links between cub petting and canned hunting.
Fifteen minutes of entertaining footage of Kevin Richardson with his lions followed by some profound exposure of the lies that lion farmers use to conceal their sordid, commercial activities.
Watch here... http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-lion-whisperer/
Despite what you have read about the EU ‘cracking down’ on lion trophy imports, in fact this is just a meaningless layer of bureaucracy. Full report...