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.
Abstract The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), states “that well-managed trophy hunting can provide both revenue and incentives for people to conserve and restore wild populations, maintain areas of land for conservation, and protect wildlife from poaching.” According to a much touted study by Lindsey et al (2006), trophyRead More
KUTV The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has come under fire for a decision made last December. The DWR approved a wildlife conservation group, Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife, to run a state hunting expo that takes place in Salt Lake City every year.I
BOSTON - An amendment tacked on to a Senate anti-poaching bill Thursday would allow hunters to carry an unloaded gun on a recreational vehicle, making the process of transporting themselves and their game out of the woods far simpler.The bill (S 2069) to tighten penalties for illegal hunting and to bring Massachusetts into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, a multi-state agreement that facilitates cross-state-lines license suspensions, passed the Senate unanimously."Poaching is the
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....
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....
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.
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...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
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.
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.).
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...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
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.
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.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
You know of anyone who is protesting at this event?
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...
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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