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SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling

SA farmers fingered in lion smuggling | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
South African lion breeders are alleged to be part of an illegal network smuggling lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock their farms.

At least five South African lion farmers have been fingered in investigations in which lionesses are killed in Botswana and their cubs smuggled to lion farms in South Africa, where a multimillion rand industry caters to the international trophy-hunting market.

 

"I don't want to say lion breeders as a whole are involved but there are definitely five or six people that I know of," said conservationist Sarel van der Merwe, chairman of the African Lion Working Group.

 

About 700 lions are killed in trophy hunts in South Africa each year, with the average price for a lion hunt being R360000, said Adri Kitshoff of the Professional Hunters' Association of SA...

 

Continue reading... (it isn't pretty)

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/05/27/sa-farmers-fingered-in-lion-smuggling

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This is why it is important to support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting.

Please consider doing so.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/campaign-against-canned-hunting?show_todos=true

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This is why we support Chris Mercer and his Campaign Against Canned Hunting

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Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People
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Trophy hunting - Wikipedia

Trophy hunting - Wikipedia | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game animals...

 

Trophy hunting has firm supporters and opponents.

 

Public debate about trophy hunting often centres on the question of the morality of sport hunting and the question of the extent to which the money paid by trophy hunters benefits the population of game animals and the local economy.

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Kelly Waetzig's curator insight, June 15, 2013 8:25 PM
http://www.kwoutdoorequipment.com/hunting.html again thank you

I am a very big fan of trophy hunting and this article is very true.  I spent 20 years in the outfitting industry and know first hand what happens when things are not properly managed.  Quality can lead to quanity

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The Entertainment capital of the world to host trophy hunting auction

The Entertainment capital of the world to host trophy hunting auction | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Those who find killing animals for their trophies to be entertaining are expected to be there in the thousands. Most of the hunts on offer are in the USA with South African hunts numbering thirty seven.
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Join the 2016 Global March for Lions

Join the 2016 Global March for Lions | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Contact us if you would like to organise your city. #bancannedhunting @GlobalMarchLion 

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Top Story of 2015! Canned Lion Hunting - Mass Commercialization in Africa

Top Story of 2015! Canned Lion Hunting - Mass Commercialization in Africa | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Canned Lion Hunting is growing to be big business in Africa. Farms mass breed lions in pens, to be slaughtered in captivity with no chance to run.
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It doesn't surprise me that this was our top story of the year 2015!

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Last Hooray of the Hunts - League Against Cruel Sports

Last Hooray of the Hunts - League Against Cruel Sports | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
When asked if fox hunting should be made legal again, 83% said no.The figure was as high in rural areas (84%) as in urban areas (82%)Opposition to legalising deer hunting (85%) and hare hunting and hare coursing (87%) is equally strong...
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More restrictions on lion trophy hunting imports

More restrictions on lion trophy hunting imports | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

No more of these! After the USA placed very strict controls on all future African lion trophy imports earlier this week, the EU Scientific Review Group announced that a decision was made to place a “negative opinion” on all future lion trophy imports from Mozambique....

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“Cruel and unnecessary industry”

“Cruel and unnecessary industry” | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Lion cub petting is a popular but controversial practice that has been condemned by many conservationists.
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New Jersey Ignores Research, Expands Trophy Hunting of Bears

New Jersey Ignores Research, Expands Trophy Hunting of Bears | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A 2015 poll conducted by Remington Research Group demonstrates that 90 percent of New Jersey voters agree that neighborhoods located near bears have a responsibility to secure garbage and other food sources.
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Why are there more game farms than wildlife sanctuaries

Why are there more game farms than wildlife sanctuaries | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Chris Mercer reveals the chilling truth about why there are thousands of game farms and so few wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa.
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Hundreds of Cecil the lions could be killed after UK blocks hunting ban

Hundreds of Cecil the lions could be killed after UK blocks hunting ban | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
British ministers blocked an attempt by Brussels to impose a ban on lion hunting in Tanzania, claiming the practice was “sustainable”.
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Lion hunter killed by a lion during an illegal hunt

Lion hunter killed by a lion during an illegal hunt | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Authorities reported a group of five men hunting without licences was attacked by the big cat at a private game farm near the Kruger....

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Go lion go!

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Boyfriend of hunter who posed with dead giraffe is a convicted poacher

Boyfriend of hunter who posed with dead giraffe is a convicted poacher | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Aaron Neilson, who boasts of 'harvesting' lions and helping 'dozens of clients' kill more, was convicted of poaching offences, MailOnline can reveal.
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Dallas black rhino hunter sues Delta after airline refused to transport trophy

Dallas black rhino hunter sues Delta after airline refused to transport trophy | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A Dallas man whose winning bid of $350,000 allowed him to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia is suing Delta Air Lines over its refusal to ship the carcass to the United States.
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South Africa bans leopard trophy hunting for 2016

South Africa bans leopard trophy hunting for 2016 | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

To avoid putting additional pressure on leopard populations, a leopard trophy hunting ban is in place throughout 2016...

 

The research authority found that leopards:

·      Had a low reproductive rate

·      Their distribution was fragmented

·      Their abundance and population trend was uncertain

·      Illegal off-take was uncertain

·      There was little control of harvesting (especially illegal harvesting), which was high

·      Confidence in harvest management and monitoring was low

·      Incentives for conservation in the country were low; and

 

·      Only between 5% and 15% of leopard habitat was strictly protected. The trophy ban is in place throughout this year. According to the DEA statement, the scientific authority will then review the situation. It will also develop norms and standards for the management and monitoring of leopard hunting throughout the country....

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Good news for leopards!

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Time is running out for African lion trophy-hunters from the USA

Time is running out for African lion trophy-hunters from the USA | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Restriction on importing lion trophies to take effect on January 22nd, 2016...

 

The USA went ahead and declared thelions of southern and central Africa to be “threatened with extinction” and lions from other parts of Africa as “endangered." Newregulations mean that hunters wishing to bring in trophies will need to apply for special import permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Services (UFW)....

 

Applications to import any lion trophies from the canned hunting industry of South Africa are unlikely to be considered at all. South African hunters who offer canned hunting to safari clients have claimed in the past that their hunting facilities can remove pressure from wild lion populations. To date, the US has not accepted this as there's little scientific evidence to back up the claim....

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Lions, trophy hunting and the US government - the 27 facts you need to know

Lions, trophy hunting and the US government - the 27 facts you need to know | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

27 things you need to know about lion trophy imports in the US, and the impact hunting is having on lions in Africa...

 

Fact #9: Trophy hunting was included in the list of the four main threats that lions face – the others being habitat loss, loss of prey base and human-lion conflict. Other related factors include deleterious effects due to small populations and climate change, inadequate regulatory mechanisms and weak management of protected areas...


Fact #11: Where trophy hunting occurs, quotas are set by the government. Two primary concerns have been raised by the scientific community with regard to current lion quotas. These are that (1) existing quotas are set above sustainable levels, and (2) the data used for setting quotas is inconsistent and not scientifically based.


- See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/lions-trophy-hunting-and-the-us-government-the-27-facts-you-need-to-know/#sthash.3uuLYk4c.dpuf ;

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This important summary just in from Simon Espley, CEO of Africa Geographic.

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New USFW rule and its real impact on lions

New USFW rule and its real impact on lions | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Trophy Hunting and the new USFW Rule. 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...
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Chris Mercer the expert on the lion hunting issue summarizes...


Here is what you need to know about the new Rule:

* USFW has done its homework here.  This is a comprehensive and thorough analysis of the plight of the African (and Indian) lion.

* USFW accepts that African governments are generally too incompetent and corrupt to be trusted to protect their own wildlife heritage. (It uses less blunt language)

* Further, and most importantly, USFW finds overwhelming evidence that the hunting fraternity has so little regard for conservation imperatives, such as widespread abuse of quotas, that trophy hunting has become a major threat to lion conservation in Africa.(my emphasis)


* Accordingly, USFW will now require U.S hunters to obtain an import permit for their lion trophies before the hunts take place. i.e. the burden of proof is now on the hunter to prove that his proposed hunt will enhance the survival of lions.


* Specifically, the hunter will have to show that his hunt will have a beneficial effect on one or more of the three major threats, namely, loss of habitat, loss of prey base and human/animal conflict.


 SUMMARY
Alas, this all looks so impressive on paper, but it will be all too easy, with the eager cooperation of captured African conservation structures, for hunters to obtain their enhancement certificates. Big Money talks louder than USFW in Africa.

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Countries where Trophy Hunting is Banned

Trophy hunting is currently banned in 12 range countries: Angola, Botswana, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Rwanda (CITES 2014, p. 14; Meena 2014, p. 26; Lindsey et al. 2013a, entire; Lindsey 2013, pers. comm.; Jackson 2013, pp. 7-8). In 1977, Kenya banned all sport hunting (Elliot and Mwangi 1998, p. 3). Botswana banned lion hunting between 2001 and 2004, and then again from 2008 to the present (Davison et al. 2011, p. 114). Benin imposed a 2-year moratorium, and CAR a 3-year moratorium, in the early 2000s (Lindsey et al. 2013a, p. 4). In January of 2013, Zambia placed a moratorium on sport hunting in 19 game management areas. While a few other game management areas and private game ranches in Zambia remain open for sport hunting for other species, the nationwide moratorium on sport hunting of cats remains in place (White 2015, pers. comm.; ABC News 2014, unpaginated; Flocken 2013, unpaginated). Trophy hunting is restricted to problem or dangerous animals in Ethiopia and Uganda (Lindsey 2008, p. 42). In our proposed rule, we had conflicting information regarding whether Cameroon had or has a lion hunting moratorium (CITES 2014, p. 14; Lindsey 2013, pers. comm.; Jackson 2013, p. 8). During the public comment period, a peer reviewer confirmed that Cameroon has not put a moratorium in place for lions, either in the past or present (Bauer 2015, pers. comm.). Additionally, Zimbabwe has suspended trophy hunting in the Gonarezhou area (Conservation Force 2015, pers. comm.).
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Delta Rebuffs Hunter's Big-Game Trophies Suit

Delta Rebuffs Hunter's Big-Game Trophies Suit | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

DALLAS (CN) - Delta Airlines is standing by its ban on transporting big-game trophies after the highly publicized killing of Cecil the lion and is asking a federal judge to toss a hunter's lawsuit.


Dallas resident Corey Knowlton sued the airline in October, joined by the Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, Conservation Force, the Campfire Association and the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association.


Knowlton made headlines in 2014 when his $350,000 bid to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia was accepted. Knowlton killed the rhino in May. Two months later, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer grabbed headlines of his own when he killed Cecil with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe.


Delta banned the shipping of big game trophies a few days later...

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Way to go Delta Airlines! Stick to your ban and show the world it is totally fine to take a stand on the side of what's right for wildlife.

#CecilTheLion #BlackRhino

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VICTORY! African Lion receives real protections under US Endangered Species Act

VICTORY! African Lion receives real protections under US Endangered Species Act | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown no longer.

The US Fish and Wildlife announced today that African lions will be afforded meaningful protections under the US Endangered Species Act.
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Such GREAT NEWS! Congrats to all who worked hard to make this happen!

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Justice for Cecil? Government looks to ban lion trophy hunting imports from entering UK

Justice for Cecil? Government looks to ban lion trophy hunting imports from entering UK | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Four months after the brutal killing of Cecil the lion by an American trophy hunter at a nature reserve in Zimbabwe, the British government is considering a total ban on lion trophy hunting imports.
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Cougars in the crosshairs in Oregon

Something about cougars elicits a strong reflex among Oregon wildlife managers. Two decades after voters approved an initiative banning the use of hounds to hunt cougars and bears, and prohibiting bear-hunting with bait, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife continues its efforts to find ways around the law — but only in the case of cougars. Bears have been left alone, with no discernible ill effects.
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Lion Heads Arrive in Record Numbers as U.S. Considers Crackdown

Lion Heads Arrive in Record Numbers as U.S. Considers Crackdown | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Big-game hunters are killing African lions in record numbers as U.S. regulators threaten to curtail one of world’s most exclusive, expensive and controversial pursuits.
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Enough already!

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The aftermath of Cecil - interview with lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp

The aftermath of Cecil - interview with lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

The hunting of Cecil the lion on the eastern border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has triggered hysteria from the public, and it’s been difficult to sift fact from fiction.

 

While I was recently in the 14 650 square kilometre park, I interviewed lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp, who has worked for nine years on the Hwange Lion Research Project, which was started in 1996 by Dr. Andy Loveridge as part of an Oxford University study on the dynamics of hunting on lion populations....

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Finally the facts about what happened that night to #CecilTheLion!

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The Dark World of Canned Lion Trophy Hunting #Bloodlions

The Dark World of Canned Lion Trophy Hunting #Bloodlions | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
BLOOD LIONS takes viewers into the world of lion breeding farms that stock legal hunting safaris.
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First Cecil the lion, now biggest elephant in Africa slain by Western hunter

First Cecil the lion, now biggest elephant in Africa slain by Western hunter | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
The hunter reportedly paid £39,000 for a hunting permit to shoot the bull elephant at a park in Zimbabwe
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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, October 16, 2015 8:59 AM

Trophy hunting is about ego... not conservation!

In case you still thought otherwise...

#elephant #CeciltheLion