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Changes to law will limit rhino hunts

Changes to law will limit rhino hunts | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Durban - The government is hoping recent changes to environmental laws will reduce the number of sham rhino hunts, by closing loopholes exploited by professional hunters and hunting outfitters.... Although the department did not refer to specific examples, there have been cases of several rhinos being shot by foreign “hunters” in different provinces, under the pretext of legal trophy hunting. The horns were then exported to Vietnam and other Far East nations for use in traditional medicine....
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Coastal First Nations prepare to enforce B.C. bear-hunting ban

Coastal First Nations prepare to enforce B.C. bear-hunting ban | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Agreement to ban trophy bear hunting on north and central cost was issued last year by aboriginal alliance
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Amanda Duvall's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:47 PM

Hunters arnt going to have bears to hunt in the future. Shut it down for a little bit. Yeah a few guides who take a person out to shoot a bear for tons of money. We could use a break from all this guide stuff. I understand they need money to support things but hold off for a while so there are still bears to hunt!!!

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End of the Wild: S.A. game farmers turn wildlife in to livestock

It is the end of the game for South Africa’s wildlife.


To understand how lions and rhino and all other formerly wild animals, including exotic species such as tigers, have become domestic livestock, just look at the state of government in S.A.


Decades of corruption, ineptitude and mismanagement in the public sector have brought this country to its knees. It is not only conservation services that are collapsing; most other government services have become dysfunctional....  

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US Bans Importing Canadian Polar Bear Trophies

US Bans Importing Canadian Polar Bear Trophies | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

The June 18th ruling by the United States Court of Appeals is sure to be a huge hammer to border hopping big game hunters, as polar bear pelts, paws and other taxidermy trophies can no longer be imported from Canada.

 

- See more at: http://petslady.com/articles/us_bans_importing_polar_bear_trophies_63533#sthash.0b3tZjE2.dpuf

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Trophy hunting is outmoded

Re "Museum project's stuffed animals draw ire" (Our Region, July 12): The audacity of Paul and Renee Snider to justify in any regard the killing of exotic animals and stuffing them for the public's "education" is beyond appalling.

 

That idea comes from a past world when trophy hunting was glorified. What those carcasses actually represent is people bereft of knowledge about not only endangered species, but also caring about the right of these beautiful animals to remain living and reproducing in their natural habitats,

undisturbed by high-powered rifles turning them into dust-covered statues.

 

What a wonderful example for children. How would parents explain those displays, that these are the animals they killed? Shame on them. It's actually shocking in this day and age.

 

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Michigan trophy wolf hunting opponents launch petition drive

Michigan  trophy wolf hunting opponents launch petition drive | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

An alliance supported by the Humane Society of the United States is organizing a petition drive aimed at banning trophy wolf hunting and trapping of wolves in Michigan...

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After spending a good hour with Chris Lucas with the Red Wolf Recovery Program in Columbia NC I'm even more convinced about how important it is for us to protect the wolves.

They are an important preditor to maintain healthy ecosystems.. and besides  that its simply the right thing to do.

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California: Protect Black Bears from Trophy Hunting

Approximately 2,000 black bears are killed every year in California where it remains legal to hunt bears who weigh over 50 pounds (including cubs) with packs of dogs. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has now proposed radical changes to bear hunting regulations that would allow even more bear killing.California residents: we need your help to stop this proposal....

 

http://aldf.org/blog/california-alert-protect-black-bears-from-trophy-hunting/

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Live in CA?

Care about bears?

Please consider this...

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Help protect African lions from trophy hunters | IFAW

Help protect African lions from trophy hunters | IFAW | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

IFAW is working hard to ensure the US Government lists African lions as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). African lions are threatened with extinction in the wild and we have a duty as Americans to protect this iconic species.

 

Please use the form on the right to write a personal note to Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, care of Jeff Flocken, IFAW's Regional Director for North America.

 

We will submit all letters together to the Fish and Wildlife Service. It is critical that the U.S. government receives hundreds of thousands of notes urging it to protect lions during the public comment period.

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Please consider this if you care to stop the cruel practice of canned/trophy hunting.

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Captive breeder/poacher of national bird in old city goes scot-free

Captive breeder/poacher of national bird in old city goes scot-free | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

It was just over a month since forest officials seized 12 peacocks from the old city residence of a pet shop owner and slapped cases against him. Sleuths of the anti- poaching squad could not arrest him then, for violation of the Wildlife Act, 1972, by breeding the national bird in captivity. Any action against him now appears quite unlikely...

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U.S. to Endangered Species Hunters: ‘Bring Your Trophies Right on In!’

U.S. to Endangered Species Hunters: ‘Bring Your Trophies Right on In!’ | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

New precedent set as U.S. grants permission for American hunter to import dead, endangered rhino from African safari....

 

The application states, "The applicant requests a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one male black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) taken from the wild in Namibia, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species."

 

Teresa Telecky, Director of the Wildlife Department at Humane Society International, finds this sort of language laughable. 

 

"I hear this argument all the time," she says. "The money trophy hunters leave in the country will improve the conservation of the species. But whenever we actually investigate how much money and where it's going, we just can't find evidence to verify this. "

 

"In fact, in this particular case, the $175,000 that this fellow left in Namibia in return for his rhino, is going into a general fund which is tapped for all sorts of things, including rural development, which might not be good for the species at all," she adds....

 

 

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If you're in the USA and disagree with trophy hunting please pay attention...

 

Trophy hunters claim their money goes to wildlife conservation... read this and you'll see it doesn't really...

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Sue Woolley's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:40 PM

SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion?

Can "Canned Lion Hunting" save the Lion? | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
Could this industry be a necessary evil to protect wild populations, asks Aletta Gardner.
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Let your voice be heard by emailing mboshoff@environment.gov.za before June 15 when new TOPS regulations regarding canned lion hunts are being considered.

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2 Black rhino up for Trophy Hunt

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has placed on tender the trophy hunting of two aged male black rhinoceros in eastern Kavango during the current hunting season which ends in November.

 

The hunting on state land began in 2009, after the practice was approved by Cabinet in 2007.  This will mark only the second time that black rhino’s will be offered for hunting since the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) approved an annual quota of five rhinos.

 

In 2012, Cabinet endorsed the killing of the two black rhinos, having already approved three black rhino concessions during the last three hunting seasons....

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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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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:51 AM

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

Please consider joining...

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

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British hunter killed by buffalo he was trying to shoot - Telegraph

British hunter killed by buffalo he was trying to shoot  - Telegraph | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A British man working as a professional hunter on a private game reserve in Zimbabwe has been killed by a wounded buffalo he was trying to shoot.
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Why South Africa Is Not Fit to Lead Africa - Huffington Post

Why South Africa Is Not Fit to Lead Africa Huffington Post South Africa's failure to successfully engage some of Africa's most troublesome conflict zones has undermined the country's credibility and cast doubt about whether South Africa should be...
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GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Vintage Poaching and Hunting - weather.com

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Vintage Poaching and Hunting - weather.com | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A glimpse into what hunting and poaching were like more than a century and a half ago—before the regulations and rules we follow today.
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Why I am so sick of hunting industry propaganda

See: a little propaganda piece by Safari Club International: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/04/why-being-hunted-is-good-for-africas-lions/#ixzz2XtDWNyoh

 

Let’s analyse some of the points made, shown in parentheses below:

 

(Animal rights orgs use emotional messaging that has nothing to do with the science of wildlife conservation.)


Does this mean that advocating protection for wildlife is emotional and unscientific, whereas killing wild animals for fun is scientific? Surely not.
Next they’ll tell us that the only way to preserve whales is to hunt them in the Antarctic.

 

(Hunters and hunting actually benefit lions).


Rebuttal: No, actually it was the irresponsible over-hunting by trophy hunters that wiped out wild lion prides and forced the industry to turn to lion farming and canned hunting in order to generate a constant supply of living targets for the trophy hunters....

 

Read on...

http://www.cannedlion.org/content/why-i-am-so-sick-hunting-industry-propaganda

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We Have to Stop the ‘Canned Hunting’ of African Wildlife

The author of ‘Soul of a Lion’ tells of her rescue work with animals in Africa and the latest fad that’s destroying them....

 

I could hear her coming before I saw her, the deep, resonating purr in rhythm with her breathing. Then the bright amber eyes appeared, followed closely by the outline of her narrow shoulders and slender body gliding through the African night. It was Pride, a cheetah, come to check out who was sleeping in her enclosure.

 

I lay quietly in my sleeping bag and waited for her to approach me. Once she caught my scent and...

 

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http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/07/01/canned-hunting-must-end-Africa-US?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2013-07-06-rhino

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Residents clash over Wisconsin’s new wolf hunting quota

Residents clash over Wisconsin’s new wolf hunting quota | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

WAUSAU — The state Natural Resources Board unanimously approved a 37 percent increase in thequota for wolf hunting Wednesday, despite opposition from speakers who questioned everything from board members’ research to their consciences.

 

“Each and every one of you has your consciences and you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem,” Pickett resident Alice Miller told the board. “It’s a shame that Wisconsin residents have to come up and defend our wildlife. That’s what the DNR’s supposed to do.”...

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The Lion Trophy Hunting Debate

The Lion Trophy Hunting Debate | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

South Africa's multimillion-rand lion hunting industry - and, it is claimed, the existence of wild lions - is threatened by proposed legislation in the US that would make it illegal for US hunters to take lion trophies home.

The US Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently considering a petition - drawn up by five wildlife organisations - calling for it to put lions on the US's endangered species list.

 

South African experts fear a further reduction in the lion's habitat.

"Habitat loss is by far the biggest threat to wildlife in general and if you stop [lion] hunting on these farms you could have a further decrease in suitable habitat," said Dr Paul Funston, of the big cat conservation group Panthera....

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Come on! Lion farming has little to do with preserving lion habitat wouldn't you agree?

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New Report: Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored byEconomists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

 

"The suggestion that trophy hunting plays a significant role in African economic development is misguided," said economist Rod Campbell, lead author of the study.  "Revenues constitute only a fraction of a percent of GDP and almost none of that ever reaches rural communities...

 

http://news.yahoo.com/report-economics-trophy-hunting-africa-overrated-overstated-142400282.html

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An important report... unlike the trophy hunters would like us believe... trophy hunting does NOT play a significant role in the economic development of African communities.

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White lion breeding at UK wildlife parks linked to 'canned hunting'

White lion breeding at UK wildlife parks linked to 'canned hunting' | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it

Two parks have been accused of unethical breeding practices, as white lions are inbred and suffer from severe health issues.

 

They are a rare and beautiful variant of an ordinary lion, a big cat with a recessive gene that gives it striking white fur. But two British wildlife parks have been accused of unethical practices for breeding white lions taken from a farm linked to "canned hunting" in South Africa and allowing cubs to be petted for £250 a time.

 

Despite zoo associations in Europe and America ordering zoos not to breed white lions because they are already inbred and suffer severe health problems, Paradise wildlife park in Hertfordshire and its sister zoo, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent produced five white cubs in 2013.

 

Paradise wildlife park initially charged £999 to cuddle its latest cub before amending its offer to £250...

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'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter

'Canned hunting': Lions bred for petting and slaughter | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
In South Africa, there has been a disturbing rise in the practice of breeding lions and tigers in captivity only for trophy-hunters to shoot them dead.
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Farmed for Profit! 

Ripped from their mothers lion cubs are put on display for photos and petting

Once too large to make money like this they're offered up for canned trophy hunting

After the hunter has gotten the prized lionhead to hang on the wall the rest of the bodyparts may well end up in the wildlife crime network for an additional profit. 

Nothing is wasted!

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Federal Agencies Work Together to Bring Indictment of New Mexico Trophy Hunter

The Humane Society of the United States’ Chief Program and Policy Officer Michael Markarian released the following statement praising the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the federal indictment of Charles Kokesh, who is alleged to have violated the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act by selling two African elephant tusks and for making false accounts of wildlife related to that sale.

 

 “We commend the U.S. Department of Justice for filing criminal charges in this case, as well as the investigation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives working together to unravel the allegations in this case. Unfortunately, while trophy hunting is legal in many countries, the importation of sport-hunted trophies into the United States can serve to fuel an already unsustainable demand for ivory.

 

Bringing these cases to light and pursuing vigorous prosecutions should help to prevent the illegal sale of elephant tusks from becoming part of a much larger problem.”

 

According to the court documents, in 2006 Kokesh imported two African elephant tusks from Namibia into the United States legally as a hunting trophy. He then sold them for $8,100 in cash and firearms. Kokesh has been charged with three counts, one under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and two under the Lacey Act. Kokesh faces a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison for violations of the Lacey Act, and an additional $25,000 fine and up to six months in jail for the ESA violation.

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South Africa lion advert 'censored'

South Africa lion advert 'censored' | Trophy Hunting: It's Impact on Wildlife and People | Scoop.it
A campaign group takes court action in South Africa over the removal of an advertisement urging President Jacob Zuma to ban the trade in lion bones.
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