The Unsustainable Excuse

Petition – “Stop South Africa’s attempts to legalize trade in rhino horn“- Global March for Elephants and Rhinos   The “sustainable use of our natural resources” – Opinion After posting the Don Pinnock article (“Rhino sale bombshell hidden in new raft regulations,” Daily Maverick, 27 February 2017) the feedback received was ‘interesting’ – explaining the South African’s right […]

Leopard Hunting – South Africa

Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere Government Gazette, Vol.  620, 8 February 2017, No. 40601 Notice 75, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Draft norms and standards for the management and monitoring of the hunting of leopard in South Africa for trophy hunting purposes “Members of the public are invited to submit […]

“New report reveals big game hunting makes minimal contribution to African economies and jobs”

Banner image – “Lions are often killed as juveniles before they can contribute to the genetic pool” – Image courtesy of David Youldon/iStockphoto “Trophy hunters’ inflated claims debunked; trophy hunting ‘insignificant’ to economy” Humane Society International (HSI) – Press Release, 1 February 2017 An economic study released on the first day of Safari Club International’s […]

The “800 skeletons” – “captive produced lion bone trade under the quota system”

Petition –  “End the export of captive-bred African lion parts from South Africa“ – Humane Society International Petition – “URGENT: Stop the Export of 800 Lion Skeletons from South Africa to Asia“ Petition – “Lions denied proper protection at CITES CoP17” – Captured in Africa Foundation During the October 2016 Conference of the Parties (CoP17) […]

Botswana Pursuing ‘Photographic Tourism’

Banner Image – “Game viewing in the Selinda Reserve, Botswana is outstanding right now…” Image courtesy of Beverly and Dereck Joubert, Great Plains Conservation There has been recent reports of Botswana being pressured by pro-hunting lobbies from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and lobbyists from the European Union seeking to persuade Botswana to relax its 2014 hunting ban; […]

Saving the animals of Taiz Zoo, Yemen – Please help!

Note: Article Updated, 14 January 2017 Since the war in Yemen* began last year, civilians have paid (and continue to pay) a heavy price – tragically, more than 6,800 people have been killed and 35,000 injured since March 2015, the majority in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition that backs the president. The fate […]

Lion Hunting Trophy Imports

Banner image – courtesy of Mwana  – Kanimambo Creations The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Service Director Dan Ashe has recently announced (20 October 2016) that the United States will no longer permit the import of lion trophies from captive hunts in South Africa. Melissa Bachman poses with the lion she ‘hunted’. Photo: […]

“Fortress Conservation”- Saving ‘Big Boy’

Banner image – A generic White rhino picture Saving ‘Big Boy’ There is a rhino, a bull White rhino around 10 years old, on a game/rhino farm somewhere in South Africa. The rhino’s nickname is ‘Big Boy’ and he’s in his prime. Big Boy’s actual location is unknown to outsiders, to ensure his whereabouts in his […]

Another Missed Opportunity by CITES

In early September 2016, the renowned body of scientists, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) passed Motion 009  – “the prohibition by the South African Government on the capture of wild lions for breeding or keeping in captivity.“ IUCN Motion 009 – “Terminating the hunting of captive-bred lions (Panthera leo) and other predators and captive breeding for commercial, […]