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,…

‘Canned’ Hunting – The ‘End Game’

Banner image: courtesy of Campaign Against Canned Hunting article ‘Canned’ Phase Out We have seen the acknowledged damage being done to South Africa’s reputation from its continued harbouring of ‘canned’ practices. The ‘canned’ industry is in steep decline (with a reported 70% drop in the ‘appetite’ for ‘canned’ executions of bred stock). Figure 1 – “Sir David Scholey and his…

World Lion Day, the African Lion and CITES

On the 10 August, it will be World Lion Day……so what events can we look forward to that gives us hope that this iconic species can survive in the wild for future generations to see and enjoy? In September this year, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), will…

“Lion Crisis”

We have seen the neglect at Walter Slippers’ lion breeding facility in Limpopo Province. The South African Predator Breeder Association (SAPA) has moved in to offer immediate relief, with SAPA Members funding emergency food provision for the neglected lions (which is a welcomed, short term solution). However, the SAPA’s vitriol and abuse in the accompanying (the…

‘Canned’ Duplicity and Decline

Petition – Stop the “Canned Hunting” of South Africa’s Lions The breeding of lion (and other animal ‘product’) has been going on for some 25 years plus in South Africa. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) own candid definition of “canned lion hunting” clearly enlightens one to the morally reprehensible “artificial” nature of…

“Volunteering with lions: discovering the truth behind the sham!”

Petition – “South African Government: Please Ban the Cruel Breeding of Blood Lions!“ Foreword by Malena Persson, Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH), UK “I often look at social media pages from various lion farms and shake my head in sadness, desperately wishing that the young volunteers, surrounded by lion cubs, would wake up to see…