The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding in South Africa

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There is a planned “Colloquium” (workshop) on the 21 and 22 August 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa titled “Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa; Harming or Promoting the Conservation Image of the Country[?]” The answer seems fairly obvious, the harm is manifest: IWB’s letter to the Chairperson: …

Leopard Hunting Quota 2018 – South Africa

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On 12 August 2018, the Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) made a statement – “Minister Molewa allocates leopard hunting quota for South Africa for 2018” – this is the result of “the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018” and puts a quota of 7 …

Cuddle Me, Kill Me

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“Cuddle Me, Kill Me” by Richard Peirce is a tragic account of South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry – a rampant, toxic, greedy bonanza that finds willing hosts amongst exploitative humans: “An in-depth investigation of the large-scale captive lion breeding industry, from bottle to bullet” – ‘Cuddle Me, Kill Me’ : …

Is ‘Canned’ Damaging Brand South Africa?

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The Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) and SPOTS (Netherlands) issued an updated report today, a compendium of all the self-inflicted, international bad publicity South Africa garners from harbouring the macabre captive (‘canned’) big cat breeding industry within its territory. “Captive Lion Breeding, Canned Lion Hunting & the Lion Bone Trade: …

Trekking to Save Big Cats

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The Trek for Big Cats Mantra “Every human being has the responsibility of nurturing and protecting their environment and to hand it over unspoilt for future generations to enjoy”  On the 1st November 2018, three intrepid souls (and avid conservationists) will set out on an epic adventure “to create awareness …

The Extinction Business- South Africa’s Lion Bone Trade

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In a comprehensive report just released, “The Extinction Business, South Africa’s ‘Lion’ Bone Trade,” EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading, July 2018 the conclusion is: South Africa’s lion bone trade has “….created a situation where the legal trade in ‘lion’ bones is fuelling the illegal trade in lion and tiger …

Minister Edna Molewa establishes lion bone export quota for 2018

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Press Release: Republic of South Africa, Department of Environmental Affairs, 16 Jul 2018 Update: IWB letter to Her Excellency, South African High Commissioner to the UK, dated 31 July 2018   In accordance with advice provided by the Scientific Authority, the Department of Environmental  Affairs has determined the 2018 lion bone …

Chinese Government agency issuing permits for commercial trade in bone of hundreds of leopards

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“Leopards are Asia’s most traded big cat, with more than 4,900 leopards having been seized from illegal trade in Asia since 20002, and this figure likely represents a fraction of leopard parts being trafficked. Trade in their bones, primarily to meet demand from Chinese consumers, is a one of the …

Driving nails into the coffin of Safari Club International

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Original article and banner image (“Skye: Nadine Dreyer”) courtesy of Daily Maverick By Judy Malone, writing on behalf of Tourists Against Trophy Hunting, 28 June 2018 Trophy hunting is not about science, rights or traditions, or about personal choices. It is about right and wrong, good and evil. The self-evident truth is that …