Allow me to connect the dots to explain how the decision of the S.A. Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the canned hunting case could contribute to the extinction of wild lions in S.A.
To recap, the Minister for the Environment (at that time Van Schalkwyk) tried to impose a 24- month wilding rule on the captive lion breeders in the TOPS regulations (TOPS = Threatened Or Protected Species Regs).
The Predator Breeders (lion farmers who supply the canned hunting industry) objected and sued the Minister. They lost in the High Court but on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (S.C.A.) they succeeded, and the 24- month wilding rule, which sought to restrict the hunting of tame lions to those who had been released into a large camp with a natural prey base for a minimum period of 24 months, was set aside.
So currently there is no protection for lions under the TOPS regulations, the number of captive lions has increased to 8,000 and canned lion hunting is a booming industry....
On March 17, the new Director of Wildlife of Tanzania posted an Opinion Piece in the New York Timesentitled “Saving Lions by Killing Them”.
Describing himself as “Tanzania’s highest ranking wildlife official”, Alexander Songorwa sought to appeal via this message to the US Fish and Wildlife Service NOT to list lions on the US Endangered Species Act. Mr Songorwa indicated that this action would be “disastrous” to “conservation” efforts by depriving Tanzania of much-needed income needed to support game reserves and community wildlife areas.
Mr Songorwa seems sadly out of touch with the status of Tanzania’s wildlife...
The continent's lion population has shrunk by 75% in the past two decades, according to wildlife experts. They are currently "vulnerable" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's list of threatened species. In west and central Africa lions are classified as "endangered".
Needless killing of endangered species for trophies is inherently unsustainable, economically short-sighted, ecologically unsound, and morally wrong. The sooner it ends for lions and other imperiled animals, the better.
Botswana and Zambia, two premier wildlife destinations, recently banned all trophy hunting within a few months of each other. This move heralds a major shift in thinking about how Africa’s wildlife resources will be managed in the future.
David K. Reinke says he’s committed to saving the endangered black rhinoceros.
So the Madison businessman traveled to Namibia where he contributed about $200,000 to a trust fund there — and shot and killed a black rhino.
Reinke said killing the rhino, a 34-year-old sterile male that he shot with a .375 H&H Magnum rifle, actually helped the species, of which only about 4,000 are left in the wild, by reducing fighting injuries and deaths among male rhinos and encouraging rhino reproduction....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Here we go again.... Killing Rhino 'A' to save Rhino 'B'
For the first time in more than 30 years an American hunter has been allowed to import a trophy from a black rhino he shot in Africa back into the country. Animal-rights groups argue that this is a precedent-setting setback for efforts to preserve the endangered species. Hunters, on the other hand, argue that this is actually a victory for conservation....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Trophy hunting is NOT wildlife conservation. Sure it supposedly brings in money. Its like spanking your son so that your daughter will behave herself!
A recent article in the New York Times has drawn attention to the plight of the lion population in Tanzania, and the part that American hunters have in saving the species. The article, penned by Tanzanian Wildlife Director Alexander N.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
What a mess we humans have made and how crazy a situation we've gotten the lion (and other wildlife species) into if peoples' existence depend on killing.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Activists say Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off their land near the country's most famous wildlife park to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to use the land for hunting.
Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism announced last week it is shrinking the size of the Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.
Sarah Gilbertz of Survival International said the land is leased to the Ortello Business Corporation of the United Arab Emirates to use for trophy hunting.
Will Davies, spokesman for the activist group Avaaz, said up to 68,000 Maasai villagers could be driven off their land. Avaaz posted a petition on its website to help the Maasai. It had more than 1.1 million signatures Friday.
Nikon produce a riflescope specifically designed for killing ‘large game’ – the Monarch African. They boast: “Africa has long been a continent of dreams and for hunters around the world. For those seeking their dangerous game adventure on the Dark Continent.”
Trophy hunters have contributed to a massive 50 per cent decline in lion populations in the past three decades and lions may soon be declared an endangered species.
Please consider signing the petition and sending NIKON a personal email.
I have only just realised that trophy hunting of white rhino, elephant and lion (along with other species) is done in the Timbavati. Here I am donating to Kruger National Parks anti-poaching cause to fight the scourge of poaching and rhino hunts...
The Republic of Zambia in south Africa has announced that it is banning the hunting of lions and other endangered big cats, including leopards. Currently, Zambia makes about $3 million from tourists who come to hunt but the appeal of killing endangered speeches for sport is fading. As Sylvia Masebo, Zambia’s tourism minister, said last week: “Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry.”