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Grinding Rhino – Elephant Action League Investigation

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Elephant Action League (EAL) July 2017, undercover investigation report “Grinding Rhino – Operation Red Cloud” (PDF), highlights alleged, extensive authority complicity within Vietnam and China (including the Chinese Navy) to facilitate the laundering of poached rhino horns smuggled out of Africa. On the subject of any lifting of the standing, …


South Africa’s Claimed ‘Need’ for Wildlife Utilisation

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Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere So, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent Republic of South Africa’s, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) ‘thinking.’ African Lion IWB Letter to the South African High Commissioner, London, 11 July 2017 In the DEA’s 28 June 2017 media …


800 Skeletons – ‘Captive’ Lion Export Quota Approved

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Banner image: Courtesy of Africa Geographic So, the Republic of South Africa, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has decided to push on with the proposed “800 skeletons” – “captive produced lion bone trade under the quota system.” This was inevitable after  the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species …

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By Andrew Van Ginkel (first published on End Trophy Hunting, 12 June 2017) Over the last two decades wild lion population have dropped from 30,000 to 20,000. This sharp decline in wild lion population figures can be linked to conflict with people, bushmeat poaching, habitat loss, unsustainable trophy hunting, and …

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Leopard Populations in South Africa – New Study

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The Royal Society Open Science (RSOS) has issued a report (accepted 20 March 2017) that studies “Population dynamics and threats to an apex predator outside protected areas: implications for carnivore management;” in particular the African leopard (Panthera pardus) within South Africa: This report concluded: “The density of leopards in the case study declined by …

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The Unsustainable Excuse

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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’ …


Leopard Hunting – South Africa

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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 …