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Anybody care about the Lions? No protection under TOPS

Anybody care about the Lions? No protection under TOPS | big cats |


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....

Via Wildlife Margrit
Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, April 30, 2013 11:22 AM

"Accordingly, the Minister for the Environment had no jurisdiction to impose any restrictions on them. Lion breeders were farmers, not conservationists."

So lions can be bred like cattle in South Africa! And they are raised for canned hunts that brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars to enrich the owners.

Please, don't hunt lion!

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Breathtaking Photography Of Big Cats

Breathtaking Photography Of Big Cats | big cats |

This interesting post is a huge tribute for wild life photographers especially for big cats shooters. In wild life photography circle, the term often refers to the big cats.

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Hunting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife or feral animals, by humans for food, recreation, or trade. Animals may also hunt other animal species but this is usually called predation. In present-day use, lawful hunting is distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. The species that are hunted are referred to as game, and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.

Hunting can also involve the elimination of vermin, as a means of pest control to prevent diseases caused by overpopulation. Hunting advocates state that hunting can be a necessary component[1] of modern wildlife management, for example to help maintain a population of healthy animals within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as predators are absent.[2] In the United States, wildlife managers are frequently part of hunting regulatory and licensing bodies, where they help to set rules on the number, manner and conditions in which game may be hunted.

The pursuit, capture and release, or capture for food of fish is called fishing, which is not commonly categorised as a form of hunting. Trapping is also usually considered a separate activity. It is also not considered hunting to pursue animals without intent to kill them, as in wildlife photography or birdwatching. The practice of foraging or gathering materials from plants and mushrooms is also considered separate.

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