UK Consultation on Hunting Trophies

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Banner image: Outside UK Houses of Parliament, 9 December 2021 – Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting and supportive Members of Parliament This week, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) finally released two important pieces of information: The proposed contents of the bill regarding the …

Scottish Wildcat Habitat Destruction, Clashindarroch Forest

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 Banner image courtesy of Wildcat Haven In the past weeks, Scotland has been hosting the CoP26 UN Climate Change Conference, with pledges ‘to protect biodiversity and the planet.’ However, it has emerged today that the Scottish government and Swedish government owned energy company, Vattenfall are seemingly hell bent (in the name …

30 Lions Euthanised After Burning in Free State Fires in Shocking Animal Cruelty Case

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Banner Image: 30 Lions Euthanised After Burning in Free State Fires. Photos suppliedOriginal article link,”30 Lions Euthanised After Burning in Free State Fires in Shocking Animal Cruelty Case,” SA People News, 3 October 2021 Thirty captive lions on a private breeding farm in the Free State, South Africa, have had …

The Tiger Mafia

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Hopefully, this chilling documentary will be on general release soon – highlighting the cruel commodification of thousands of tigers in South East Asia to profit from a gullible tourist industry, supply executed tigers for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) industry and the trade in derivative tiger body parts….. The Tiger …

Identical ‘Cecil’ Killing of Another Hwange Lion, Mopane

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A lion called Mopane was shot by a bowhunter on 5 August 2021 on a hunting concession bordering the unfenced Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He was 12 years old and a breeding pride male. Original story, “Trophy hunters kill another breeding Hwange lion – Mopane,” Africa Geographic, 13 August …

UK Ivory Act – Ivory Bearing Species Consultation

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The United Kingdom government (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)) is seeking consultation (via an on-line survey) on extending the scope of the Ivory Act 2018 to encompass five additional ivory bearing species (hippopotamus, narwhal, killer whale, sperm whale and walrus), not just elephants  – this DEFRA consultation runs …

South Africa’s Draft Policy Position – Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhinoceros

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After last year’s High-Level Panel (HLP) submission process in South Africa, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) released its HLP Report in May 2021. Among many proposals, the DFFE proposes to enhance the conservation of lion and rhino species in the wild by halting their commercially driven domestication/exploitation. …

By the Numbers – The EU’s Role in Global Trophy Hunting

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Commemorating the anniversary of Cecil’s death, a new report by Humane Society International/Europe released July 2021 in six languages, gives new insight about the demand driving the deaths of these animals. “Trophy Hunting by the Numbers – The European Union’s role in global trophy hunting” reveals that the European Union …

“We must end this barbaric practice”

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“We must end this barbaric practice” is a reported quote with regard to the ethical/moral acceptability of trophy hunting by Boris Johnson – British Prime Minister given in a 28 September 2019 tweet alongside a picture of Cecil the lion – it’s now 6 years since this iconic lion’s slaughter on 1 July 2015 for …

Convergence of wildlife crime with other forms of organised crime

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The Wildlife Justice Commission report (May 2021) restates that “Over the past two decades, wildlife crime has become a form of transnational organised crime, generating billions of dollars annually and affecting almost every country.” The report includes case studies, such as the “The Rathkeale Rovers” (page 28 – 29) prosecuted …