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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

SAPA’s Cynical PR Exercise Using Sylvester the Lion

The clumsy attempt by the South African Predator Association (SAPA) to try to gain some good ‘Public Relations’ regarding Sylvester, a lion that recently escaped Karoo National Park with an offer of “Relocation of Karoo lion and replacement with another lion” (see the SAPA’s offer statement in full below). The SAPA’s Statement “Relocation of Karoo lion […]

New Auction of ‘Canned’ Lions/Big Cats in South Africa

“‘Canned’ Industry, Deceit, Intimidation and Threats,” IWB, 20 February 2016 “Olivia 2016 Lion Auction” Video, Vleissentraal (Auctioneers), 3 February 2016 “61 Canned Lions Auctioned,” Campaign Against Canned Hunting, 22 February 2016   Vleissentraal Auction Results, 17 February 2016 PDF of Auction Results: “Statistieke Olive Private Game Reserve Leeuveiling 2016“ 21 male lions (including two 6 week old cubs), […]

Commoditisation of Rhino Horn Trade ‘Self-Approved’ in South Africa

On 26 November 2015, South Africa’s, Pretoria High Court ‘approved’ a challenge by two rhino farmers (John Hume and Johan Kruger) to sell their stockpiles of ‘harvested’ rhino horn, overturning a 2009 moratorium on such trade. Note: For those not familiar with John Hume’s rhino harvesting approach, this has been previously summarised and attached at Appendix 1 […]

“The End of ‘Canned Hunting’ Looks Imminent”

Update: African Lion Working Group (ALWG) ‘finally’ joins the Professional Hunters Association, South Africa (PHASA) in condemning  “captive-bred (‘canned’) lion hunting.” ______________________________________________________________________________ “The turning tide: Blood Lions v lion breeding and canned hunting,” Daily Maverick, 13 December 2015 “But now comes the real test……” “From now PHASA will be judged not on their statement but their […]