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Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People
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How Petting that Lion Cub Supports Canned Hunting

Expose of canned lion hunting and cub petting in South Africa
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A must watch must share video.

Do you know how many lions are set up for canned hunts a year?

Did you know it all started with petting that adorable little cub?

What I didn't know is that this practice is impacting wild lion prides and accelerating their demise.... bad stuff!

Canned lion hunting must be stopped.

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Judge keeps intact ban on importation of African elephant trophies

There will be no forgetting this: A federal judge on Friday declined to lift a moratorium on the importation of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
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Hurrah for Judge Amy Berman Jackson!

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Why All Hunters Should Care About Ban on Elephant Trophies

From the Dallas Safari Club:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in April that elephants hunted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe in 2014 may not be imported to the U.S....

 

Citizens who are ignorant of the differences between legal hunting and illegal poaching, “May have cheered the ban,” said Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Executive Director Ben Carter, “given all the recent headlines about elephant poaching, wildlife trafficking and the federal government destroying its confiscated stockpile of smuggled ivory.”

 

“Even most sportsmen, who usually are offended when they’re treated like poachers, didn’t pay much attention, as if the ban would affect only those few hunters interested enough, and wealthy enough, to actually hunt an elephant,” he added.

 

But Carter said the ban sets a dangerous precedent for hunting and conservation overall.

 

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http://gametrails.org/why-all-hunters-should-care-about-ban-on-elephant-trophies/ ;

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Open Letter to WWF about Sport or Trophy Hunting

Open Letter to WWF about Sport or Trophy Hunting | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A former WWF fan Bradley Bergh tries to understand the merits of trophy hunting as wildlife conservation.
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Hunting Is a Setback to Wildlife Conservation

Nearly 40 years ago, Kenya banned trophy hunting. Within the past two years, other African countries have realized the wisdom of Kenya’s approach and instituted similar bans. Botswana and Zambia, once major destinations for pursuers of Africa’s “Big Five” – African elephant, African lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros – have also prohibited this biologically reckless activity because of the harm it causes to wildlife populations. Even the United States, home to the world’s largest number of trophy hunters, has taken steps to join the trend. In April, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) banned the import of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania over concerns that the hunts were driving down elephant populations already severely impacted by poachers....


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http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/hunting_is_a_setback_to_wildlife_conservation ;

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Texas Flight planning: Could drones be in the future for Parks and Wildlife?

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that within four years, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a. drones or unmanned aerial systems) could deliver packages from the mail-order giant to your doorstep. With Bezos’ bankroll, it may not be all that far-fetched, particularly for customers who don’t mind paying an extra fee.

 

It’s a different story for wildlife agencies on tight budgets. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has collaborated with Texas State University and Utah State University to explore applications of UAVs in fish and wildlife management....

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Against Trading Lives of Rare Desert Elephants for Votes in Namibia

Against Trading Lives of Rare Desert Elephants for Votes in Namibia | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

There are only 18 Namibian Desert Elephant Bulls left. 6 of those are due to be set up for TROPHY HUNTS to gain votes in the Namibian Election in November... You can help stop this.

 

Visit the Facebook page for information

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Against-Trading-Lives-of-Rare-Desert-Elephants-for-Votes-in-Namibia/1454210394823914?fref=ts 

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Why Human Predators Don't Fit in Nature's Way

Is hunting part of nature? Don't animals living in a natural environment hunt? If we lead lives consistent with our own nature and in harmony with our environment, isn't it natural to hunt to obtain food? So what's wrong with hunting?

 

In nature, predation is a healthy and normal relationship that some species of living organisms have with others. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact, it would be a very aberrant ecosystem that didn't provide for some sort of predatory-prey relationship among some of its species. It is as essential part of nature. ...

 

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http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/sa-perverse.html ;

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Predator and prey are nature's way.

Predators keep populations healthy as they take out the weak and the ill, strengthening gene pools. 

There's a fair chase involved in nature.

Ecosystems remain balanced for both predator and prey.

These and many more interesting facts by Peter Muller, Chair of Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.

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Huge decline in big cat numbers in past two decades

Huge decline in big cat numbers in past two decades | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

There are about 30 000 lions left in Africa, confined to ever-smaller living spaces as the human populations and expanding farmlands erode the territory once occupied by the king of the beasts.

 

Across the continent, lion numbers are thought to have crashed by at least 30 percent in the past two decades, leaving Tanzania with the largest remaining population of wild lions....

 

The report says lions are extinct in north Africa. They are disappearing fast from west and central Africa, and east and southern Africa are the last strongholds. Throughout Africa, there are only 15 game reserves or national park areas that have more than 500 lions and only nine countries which each have populations of at least 1 000 lions.

 

Prepared by Dr Samuel Kasiki, deputy director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Elly Hamunyela, the deputy director of Namibia’s Natural Resources Department, the report said it was difficult to estimate accurately the number of free-ranging lions. But based on the best available data, the population of wild African lions was thought to be somewhere between 23 000 and 39 000....

 

About 870 lions were shot for trophies in Zimbabwe and at least 168 in Namibia over the same period.

 

Nevertheless, the writers conclude that the loss of habitat and retaliatory killing from human-lion conflict are the major threats to Africa’s lions – not legal trophy-hunting or trade in lion parts....

 

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http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/huge-decline-in-big-cat-numbers-1.1681774#.U2FftvldWSo

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

This is where the hunters would say, "See!" However, farming lions to increase their numbers so they can be shot is not the same as preserving lions in the wilds/reserves.... and protecting some of nature to maintain the necessary ecosystems to sustain required habitats. 

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Former PHASA President Ronnie Rowland on PHASA Lion Policy

Rowland criticises PHASA for adopting the SA predator breeders’ stand on “hunting of captive bred lions”. He calls it shooting or executing lions contradicting the standards of Fair Chase and the traditions of hunting.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Divisions in the leadership and ranks of the South African hunting community... good!

 

They have this "standards of Fair Chase" policy that some think some how can apply to canned hunting... hmm! That's a stretch don't you think? Much of today's sport/trophy/canned hunting seems to be anything but a 'Fair Chase'.

 

In the US I'm heard of hunters putting up deer feeders outside their kitchen window and "popping them off" over breakfast.

 

In Africa I'm told leopard and lion are sometimes drugged and released awaiting their death from the "great white hunter" from the  USA.

 

Hmm! Then hunters like to say they are about conservation... some how it seems to me more like playing a video game to them.

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Ban will ‘open the gates to poachers’

Ban will ‘open the gates to poachers’ | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

The US conservation authorities have put a temporary ban on sport hunters taking elephant trophies back to the US.

 

The ban applies to trophies of elephants hunted in Tanzania or Zimbabwe this year.

 

Local hunting companies have slammed the move, and say if hunting outfitters have to close up shop, it will “open the gates to poachers” and take income away from poor communities.

 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it suspended the imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from these countries due to “questionable management practices, a lack of effective law enforcement and weak governance” which had resulted in “uncontrolled poaching and catastrophic population declines in Tanzania”....

 

“For the US to impose a ban with absolutely zero information on the ground is absolutely ridiculous. This has been stirred up by the animal rights NGOs, who want to close down all wildlife trade from Africa. If they continue with this, it will close down elephant hunting. They will be opening up poaching in these prime reserves. The presence of professional hunters is the biggest deterrent to poaching. The local people will become impoverished. The US has got gall to feel they can dictate to Africa what they should do,” Thomson said....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Ron Thomson, former Hwange Game Reserve warden in Zimbabwe says, "The presence of professional hunters is the biggest deterrent to poaching"....

What? How pray tell?

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US bans imports of sport-hunted Zim elephant tusks

US bans imports of sport-hunted Zim elephant tusks | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has suspended imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania
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Planned Crocodile Safari Hunting in Australia Rejected

Planned Crocodile Safari Hunting in Australia Rejected | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Plans for crocodile safari hunting in the Northern Territory have been rejected by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

 

The Territory Government wanted to trial trophy hunting of large saltwater crocodiles.

 

The Federal Environment Department has been consulting with traditional landowners, environmental groups, industry stakeholders and animal rights groups about the proposal.

 

Today Mr Hunt said the plan would not be allowed to go ahead.

"My view is that there was a risk of cruel and inhumane treatment. That was in my view, inappropriate," Mr Hunt said....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Way to go Minister Greg Hunt!

He said that the planned crocodile hunts were "at risk for being cruel and inhumane".

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Bear-human conflicts won't be solved by trophy hunting

In response to several recent conflicts between bears and humans in Central Florida, some legislators have suggested that the Sunshine State needs to implement a trophy hunt on the rare Florida black bear — a subspecies of the American black bear.

 

It's tempting to think that reducing our black-bear population will somehow control these incidents, but it's simply not true. These animals are naturally shy and avoid humans, but as suburban neighborhoods push into their territory, some are drawn to a smorgasbord of easy meals in unsecured garbage cans, pet food and other food that has been left outside...

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Raising Awareness About Canned Hunting

Raising Awareness About Canned Hunting | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

There is a global effort to raise awareness about a sport that is reducing the global population of many species to the brink of extinction, especially the lions and tigers. Canned hunting or trophy hunting facilities offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic and native animals trapped within enclosures. Although many hunters and hunting groups are opposed to canned hunting or trophy hunting, there are no international laws prohibiting it. Many people have no idea that these heinous acts are taking place....

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This photo... horrible!

We absolutely must stop trophy hunters from the USA and elsewhere paying to shoot these lions.

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Namibia: If We Ban All Hunting

THE poaching of rhino and elephant for horn and ivory is having horrendous impacts for both species across Africa.

 

Local and international conservation organisations and the general public are mobilising time, energy and resources to combat commercial poaching and wildlife crime - in Africa, and across the world.

 

At the same time, trophy hunting continues to be practised widely in Africa, and includes the legal hunting of rare and endangered species - even rhino and elephant. In America, the Dallas Safari Club has recently auctioned a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia - to raise funds for rhino conservation. In light of the current poaching crisis, this has led to a storm of international outcries and condemnation - including death threats against the hunter who bought the permit.

 

The outrage is centred on the questions 'how can rhino hunting be legal?' and 'should not all hunting be banned?'....

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Hunting for a way to save wildlife

Hunting for a way to save wildlife | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

More conservationists say hunting is a useful wildlife management tool and poaching is inevitable until rural people benefit from the wildlife around them.

 

The protectionist lobby would like to ban all hunting. Its strategy regarding rhino poachers is simple – shoot the bastards.

It is a strategy that has developed into a lethal bush war that conservationists – and the rhinos – are losing...

 

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http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/hunting-for-a-way-to-save-wildlife-1.1697440#.U4-FcPldWSo ;

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 When ever I read about how trophy hunting saves wildlife I am reminded of a study done by the IUCN that showed that photo safaris were economically more viable.

Here's the report translated by Dr. Pieter Kat with LionAid

http://www.nikela.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Trophy-Hunting-and-Wildlife-Conservation-Highlights-of-IUCN-2009-Report-by-Pieter-Kats.pdf ;

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Elk-killing Colorado cop guilty of illegal trophy hunting

Elk-killing Colorado cop guilty of illegal trophy hunting | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A former police officer who killed a trophy elk last year was convicted Tuesday of nine charges including illegal hunting.
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Stop the Trophy Hunting of Six of Last Desert Elephants in Namibia

Stop the Trophy Hunting of Six of Last Desert Elephants in Namibia | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

In North-West Namibia lies a rare and hauntingly beautiful stretch of land, known as the Kunene Region. Nature is bold here, sharp, clean-cut and pure; with fiery days shimmering in heat-waves and an endless expanse of glittering diamonds in the jet-black night sky. This is the home of the legendary Namibian Desert Elephant....

 

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Grizzly Bear Advocates Invite Trophy Hunters to Shoot Bears With Cameras Not Guns

Grizzly Bear Advocates Invite Trophy Hunters to Shoot Bears With Cameras Not Guns | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
British Columbia's Coastal First Nations (CFN) have a new program that's inviting trophy hunters to come to the Great Bear Rainforest and shoot pictures of them.
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That's a novel thought!

Wonder what will happen?

Wonder if it might change some hearts?

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Letter to US Fish and Wildlife Regarding Elephant Trophies

Letter to US Fish and Wildlife Regarding Elephant Trophies | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Chris Mercer speaks out on the impact of elephant and rhino trophy hunting on wildlife conservation in Africa.
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There are stories that need to be shared.

If you care about elephants and oppose trophy hunting...

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Hunters train dogs by killing pet sheep in UK

Hunters train dogs by killing pet sheep in UK | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

A FARMER has blasted ‘evil’ poachers after they set their dogs on his pet sheep to train them to kill deer....

 

The ewe, called Dolly, was chased until it was exhausted, then held down by poachers as lurchers bit and clawed it in what is believed to be a new illegal hunting practice.

 

It died ‘in agony’ 24 hours later....

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Namibia: Africa's conservation success story

Namibia: Africa's conservation success story | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
More than 40 percent of Namibia is under conservation management, and it was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution.
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Help me out.... although this is great news... sort of, isn't Namibia a big supporter of trophy hunting?

And I forget, WWF supports that as wildlife conservation... hmm!

>>>   Save 'em, Shoot 'em, $$$   <<<

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U.S. Bans Zimbabwe Elephant Trophies

The United States has suspended imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe citing questionable management practices and a lack of effective law enforcement.

 

The ban follows a massive ecological disaster at Hwange National Park last year which saw hundreds of elephants being killed through cyanide poisoning by poachers.

 

In a statement on its website, the US wildlife department said: "Given the current situation on the ground in both Tanzania and Zimbabwe, the Service is unable to make positive findings required under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act to allow import of elephant trophies from these countries....

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Liberals not listening about grizzly hunt

Re: “B.C. spring grizzly hunt opens,” April 2. The only appropriate word is outrage. They just don’t listen to the electorate. Once again, the B.C. Liberals have condoned the mass slaughter of . . .
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