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 EU’s Stance on Trophy Hunting and Trophy Imports

Safari Club International European Advocacy Initiative, November 2015   Safari Club International (SCI) is worried, that the “animal rights groups’ efforts” to “ban all forms of animal use activities” (do they really mean animal ‘use,’ or animal ‘abuse’ activities I wonder?) might be gaining too much influence over EU policy makers. SCI Government Affairs Director, Chip…

Russia Introduces Dog Armor For Police Dogs

Since the death of French Police dog Diesel during the sting operation that led to Paris police nabbing the terrorist mastermind behind the November 13 Paris attacks, a Russian defence equipment company has released a line of bulletproof vests for police dogs. These bullet proof vests will protect dogs from gunfires and bullets in dangerous situations. Dogs generally do…

France BANs Imports on Lion Trophies

Great news for lion lovers as France has just announced a public ban on lion trophies. France has been known for importing around 100 lion trophies on an annual basis but this number will be dropping to 0 as authorities cease issuing permits showing their support against trophy hunting. The news has brought about joy for many European non profits…