International Lion Trophy Awareness Day(13 Aug)

Creating AWARENESS for Lions, 13 Aug 2013 - October 20, 2021

Yes, you read correctly, you can celebrate this day, every week. That should total 51 times, before the next official celebration.

Seconds till International Lion Trophy Awareness Day(13 Aug).

Today is solely dedicated to lions, males and females. How can we improve their survival and improve their animal rights?

Ever wondered how a ban would play out?

The $200 million question:

How much does trophy hunting really contribute to African communities?

Economistsat Large,2013. Link to the info

"A reduction in the number of lions hunted will, however, increase the chances of the species’ survival in the wild and maintain an important asset for future generations. There are many factors influencing the long-term sustainability of wild lion populations including hunting, habitat loss, prey depletion and agricultural expansion. One threat that the USA can directly assist with is to reduce hunting by American hunters. The ESA listing provides a chance to help lions at almost no cost to people."
"Research published by the pro-hunting International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, supported by other authors, finds that hunting companies contribute only 3% of their revenue to communities living in hunting areas."

Bred for the trophy

South Africa is the epicenter of the so-called ‘canned hunting’, which involves lions born and raised in cages or small enclosures. When they are ‘booked’ by a hunter, the fully-grown, captive-bred lion is taken from its pen to an enclosed area of at least 2,500 acres for a minimum of 96 hours. After this time the tourist is allowed to hunt down and shoot the animal dead using rifles or bows. Grown up in a pen, most of these lions don’t run and are easier targets to hit than wild lions.
Read more: -Link to the info

Pretoria, 9 December 2014 – The highest income generators in 2013 were lion (R122.3 million)

Hunting tourists spent a conservatively estimated R1.072 billion in South Africa in 2013, an increase of 32% on last year’s R811 million, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

The highest income generators in 2013 were lion (R122.3 million), buffalo (R90.9 million), kudu (R62.5 million), white rhino (R54.8 million), sable (R47.8 million), gemsbok (R33.6 million), nyala (R32.8 million), Burchell’s zebra (R30.2 million), waterbok (R27.5 million) and blue wildebeest (R26.1 million).

13 May 2015-Dallas Safari Club Admitted to the IUCN

The IUCN Council has admitted 15 new Members to IUCN , including "DSC(Dallas Safari Club)." Link to the info

31 MAY 2015 -PHASA- Let's put the lid on wild tales of canned hunting

"It is unfortunate, however, that some want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, penalising legal operators because of the illegal actions of the few." Link to the info
Cached Copy -Link to the info

Article published 1st June 2015-Zambia lifted its ban on hunting African lions (Panthera leo)

"Nine months after Zambia lifted its general trophy hunting ban—including on elephants—the country has now lifted its ban on hunting African lions (Panthera leo) and leopards (Panthera pardus). The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) lifted the ban after surveying its big cat populations and setting new regulations." Link to the info

21 July 2015 -What is canned lion hunting? Activists, industry, government disagree

From the activists' point of view if a lion is bred in highly unnatural and stressful conditions to be hunted, with no survival skills for in the wild, then it doesn't really stop being canned lion hunting just because the area it was shot in was fairly big and it wasn't under the influence of tranquilisers.

In other words, "While government appears intent on reforming and sanitising the business of breeding and hunting lions, critics want to see it dismantled altogether" according to the Conservation Action Trust. Link to the info

Very, very bad news ;(
The rights of lions in Africa, needs urgent improvement!!!

21 July 2015 -Death of Zimbabwe’s Best-Loved Lion Ignites Debate on Sport Hunting

"Zimbabwe’s most well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion, affectionately named Cecil, was killed by sport hunters just outside the nation’s premier wildlife park, Hwange." Link to the info

28 July 2015 - Petition: Justice for Cecil the iconic collared lion slaughtered by trophy hunter in Zimbabwe!

1,358,263 Signatures. Confirmed victory

250,000 signatures in 24 hours! - A quarter of a million people signed in first 24 hours. Wow, that is just incredible! Thank you everyone!

Cecil was a 13 year old lion killed by an American trophy hunter with the help of some locals in Zimbabwe. The key American suspect, Walter James Palmer, reportedly has a history of illegal hunting activity. Please sign my petition asking for full accountability and punishment for all those involved in Cecil’s death..

Confirmed victory: Link to the Petition:

28 July 2015 - PETITION TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe.

Only need 100,000 SIGNATURES BY AUGUST 27, 2015 to reach the goal of 100,000,
so ZERO(0) SIGNATURES NEEDED, as already beyond 236,961 SIGNATURES!!!

Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe's national park, and an national icon was poached and killed this week. Media reports in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere have identified American Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, MN as the poacher. He is alleged to have lured Cecil from the safety of the national park to kill him. Two of Palmer's local accomplices are already in custody. Zimbabwe authorities now actively seeking Palmer in connection with this incident....

Read more: Link to the Petition: Closed

Pretoria 24 July 2015 - Hermann Meyeridricks PHASA President

28 July 2015 - The hunter hunted: American dentist who paid $55,000 to kill Africa's most famous lion goes into hiding

Police in Zimbabwe have said they urgently want to speak to the American dentist who killed one of Africa's most famous lions with a bow and arrow earlier this month.
Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Dr. Walter Palmer is wanted for the death of Cecil the lion but that his whereabouts were unknown.
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said 'we are looking for Palmer' who allegedly paid $55,000 (£35,000) for a big game permit and traveled from his home town of Minneapolis to Africa to kill a lion.
Read more: Link to the info

29 July 2015 - Hundreds of bloodthirsty Brits exposed as safari killers who pay £29k to shoot lions and elephants

Hundreds of Brits kill prized lions and zebras as part of a multi-million pound trophy hunting industry.
Amid worldwide outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by US hunter Walter Palmer, who allegedly paid £35,000 to do it, British enthusiasts are also fueling Africa’s £130million-a-year big game hunting industry.

Read more: Link to the info

29 July 2015 - Professional hunter charged with failure to prevent death of Cecil the lion

In the United States, more than 100,000 people have signed a petition over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. The petition seeks to have the American hunter extradited to Africa to face charges. In Zimbabwe a professional hunter has been charged in the case. CCTV’s Farai Mwakutuya filed this reports from Harare.
Read more: Link to the info

30 July 2015 - IOL News: Men in court for lion hunt

National Parks said Cecil was poached because there was no permit to hunt him. “In this case, the professional hunter and land owner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt,” National Parks said..

Read more: Link to the info

30 July 2015 - US Wildlife Service Begins Probe of Killing of Cecil the Lion

A source close to the case told the Reuters news service that the Fish and Wildlife Service was investigating the killing under the Lacey Act, a U.S. law that bars the trading of wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported or sold. The investigation is focused on whether Palmer was involved in a conspiracy to violate the law, according to the source. Meanwhile, the White House said it would review a public petition to extradite Palmer. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the petition had exceeded the required 100,000 signatures...

Read more: Link to the info

31 July 2015 - IOL News: Lion uproar grows

The NSPCA has welcomed a decision by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (Phasa) to review its policy on canned hunting..

Chris Mercer, director of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (Cach), said a total ban without any exception was necessary.

He said hunting should be stopped immediately. Mercer said the conversation was “collapsing” like Eskom and said hunting was a threat to conservation.

“We’ve been warning about widespread public disgust at canned hunting for 16 years. For 16 years Phasa has been putting out propaganda that canned hunting was acceptable, and that the disgust was restricted to a ‘small group of animal rightists’.

“Suddenly Phasa feels that canned hunting is a clear threat to the survival of the hunting industry. So, Phasa suddenly discovers morality, and decides that canned hunting is no longer tenable. What a sordid commercial propaganda machine Phasa is,” Mercer said.
Read more: Link to the info

31 July 2015 - CelebTV: Stars React To Cecil the Lion's Death

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Hollywood is outraged of the killing of Zimbabwe’s famous lion, Cecil. Cecil was killed by a Minnesota dentist that reportedly paid fifty-five thousand dollars to hunt a lion with a crossbow and arrow. Stars took to social media and reacted to the sad, unnecessary killing of the animal including Cara Delevingne, Anna Paquin, outspoken animal rights advocate Ricky Gervais, Debra Messing and Sharon Osbourne. Even Piers Morgan chimed in. See what they are saying here...

In July 2015 the killing of the iconic and much loved Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe sparked global attention and outrage leading to renewed public calls for an end to trophy hunting.
Born Free USA calls for urgent action needed to introduce an EU wide lion hunting trophy import ban from both canned hunting and wild sources
This information reinforces Born Free’s call for wildlife viewing photographic safaris and other non-consumptive use to be the focus for tourist activities, activities that make a greater contribution to conservation and the African economy without killing lions.

9 Aug 2015 - Zim lifts ban on lion hunts

Published on 9 Aug 2015

Zim lifts ban on lion hunts - "The ban was imposed on August 2 in the wake of global outrage over the killing of Cecil by a US dentist on an illegal hunt just outside Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe....A statement from the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association, leaked this weekend, reads: "We are pleased to inform you that, following some useful discussions between operators and the relevant Zimbabwean authorities, the suspension has now been uplifted throughout the country", though there are some exceptions...."I think anyone who crosses the line now will be nailed," the conservationist added."
Link to info

10 Aug 2015 - Zimbabwe lifts nationwide trophy hunting ban

Published on 10 Aug 2015

Zimbabwe lifted its ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants less than 10 days after news of the killing of Cecil the lion caused an international outcry, media reports said. Zimbabwe officials announced the ban in areas outside of Hwange at the beginning of August after the big cat was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer in the Hwange National Park a month before. South African website News 24 and other media said the nationwide ban was lifted Monday, but a ban is still in force in a limited area including on the farm where Cecil was killed and on another farm where a second lion was hunted.
Link to info

Special Assignment
Published on Aug 5, 2013
"In this episode we investigate the so-called "green con", where volunteers are paying exorbitant amounts to come to South Africa to hand raise lion cubs under the impression that they are doing it for conservation. Activists allege that most of these cubs end up in a "canned" hunt or as breeding robots for farms."

The Con in Conservation - part1

The Con in Conservation - part2

After the airing of the Special Assignment Investigation footage, the follow was posted by Safari Club International(SCI)

SCI Doubles Grant to Help Save Hunting in South Africa
Monday, July 29, 2013 - SCI Doubles Grant to Help Save Hunting in South Africa
TUCSON, AZ -- At its most recent conference call meeting, the SCI Executive Committee approved another $10,000, doubling the grant to PHASA (Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa) to help that organization with its comprehensive public relations campaign to educate the general public and to combat the efforts of anti-hunters on that continent. The combined $20,000 SCI grant represents a significant portion of the total amount needed for the professional PR campaign.

Dallas Safari Club Donates More than $1 Million Cached Copy -Link to the PHASA info

Jimmy Kimmel on the Killing of Cecil the Lion

Jimmy shares his thoughts on the Minnesota dentist who illegally killed a lion who was a local favorite in Zimbabwe.

After Cecil, US protects lions under endangered species act

Published on 22 Dec 2015
Lions in Africa are to be placed under the protection of the US Endangered Species Act. That means it will be much harder for hunters to bring trophies back to the US. Wildlife groups have been lobbying for the change, which gained momentum after an American dentist shot and killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.

Adam Roberts on big game hunting

Adam Roberts joined CCTV America from Vancouver to provide his insight on the business of big game hunting. He is the CEO of wildlife NGO Born Free.

More information will be updated soon...

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A Lion Expert Who Isn’t Inclined to Turn Tail

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Hunt Elephants to Save Them? Some Countries See No Other Choice

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Effects of Trophy Hunting on Lion and Leopard Populations in Tanzania

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U.S. Lifts Ban on Some Elephant and Lion Trophies, March 7 - 2018

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Article by Abigail Geer

We Don't Need Hunting to Manage Our Ecosystems

Regardless of what anyone claims, nature doesn't need to be managed or regulated by anyone. Without human interference, Mother Nature and the animal kingdom would flourish, according to the ideals of nature, not of us. Despite this, unsupportable claims are thrown around left, right and center in a bid to justify these cruel and unnecessary practices. The most obvious being that hunters help maintain an ecosystem.

The main problem with this argument is that hunters do not cull the weaker animals from the herd, rather they strive to kill the animal they would like to hang over their fireplace. Therefore, they are not replicating what nature does. Hunters usually go after the largest, most robust animals and in turn remove a healthy, breeding animal that is needed to keep the gene pool strong. By going after superior specimens, hunters actually drive natural selection in reverse.

Another rationale that hunting advocates use to support their hobby is that hunting is a necessary means of population and disease control, and they are doing everybody, the animal included, a big favor. This claim couldn't be further from the truth. Hunters cannot manage nature better than she can manage herself. Hunters do not seek out the animals most likely to die from starvation; conversely they do quite the opposite. Pro hunting groups would like us to believe that hunting helps to maintain healthy animal populations and that lower population levels prevents disease transmission. But hunters don't target sick animals. Furthermore, the natural order ensures that when there are not enough predators to control the prey nature adjusts, purposely producing diseases that will leave 'enough' of any given species.

Combine that with the facts that animals follow certain inborn rules that cause them to become too plentiful - yes, the universal balance actually allows for creatures to reproduce to the point of overpopulation - and that Mother Nature corrects these problems as she sees fit, and the need for hunting as conservation control is diminished.

Natural carnivores are the real ecosystem managers. Regardless of the claims that hunting manages and benefits our ecosystems, it is natural predators such as wolves, bears and mountain lions, that are really to thank for keeping our ecosystems in check. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park saw a boost in biodiversity, causing incredible ripple effects throughout the ecosystem allowing natural habitat and stream recovery along with flourishing of beaver, bird and plant species.

Compassion for the Natural World is the New Order

No amount of hunting propaganda can wash over the fact that the popularity of hunting is on the decline. Today's modern families do not embrace hunting as a pleasurable pastime. Despite claims that hunting is a heritage activity that plays a vital role in economic, cultural and ecological wealth, interest in hunting has almost halved in the past 20 years. Young people have so much to choose from when it comes to entertainment these days that killing animals doesn't have much appeal. Appreciation and intrigue for the natural world in the form of wildlife watching is in and hunting is out.

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