2019 Review

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Banner Image – iStock (Roger Trentham) …. and a Happy New Year   As we end 2019 and head towards 2020, the ‘line in the sand’ has been set, with increasing public awareness and empathy with the plight of wildlife. United Kingdom – Trophy Import/Exports, UK Ivory Bill and Shooting …

“Echoes of Cecil” in ‘unethical’ Botswana elephant hunt

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Banner Image – Outrage over ‘unethical’ Botswana elephant hunt, Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 11 December 2019 Botswana has recently (2018) reinstated elephant trophy hunting (after a 2014 moratorium). However, this is considered a mistake by leading experts that will not help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Let’s look at the reasons elephants have …

Trophy Hunting; Busting the myths and exposing the cruelty

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Born Free Foundation’s, July 2019 study, “Trophy Hunting; Busting the myths and exposing the cruelty” provides a compendium of information – why trophy hunting is an unethical relic and its continued existence is self-justified behind the deceit of a ‘well regulated’ (sic) industry devoted to conservation (when the reality is …

Another Hwange Lion Executed for a Trophy

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Banner Image – Pictures of Seduli courtesy of Big Cat Conservation Big Cat Conservation is reporting (14 August 2019) that another male lion (11 years old – ref Note [1] below), Seduli has been lured from the protection of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe to be executed for a hunter’s trophy needs …

Trophy Hunting and Cecil’s Anniversary

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  At the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting gathering in London on 29 June to mark the forthcoming anniversary of Cecil the lion’s untimely death, the haunting sound of Cecil’s recorded roar was played over an audio system – as speaker Peter Egan put it, the sound was a painful …

Africa is Changing: Should its Protected Areas Evolve?

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Article originally published by Africa Geographic, 8 March 2019 – “Trophy Hunting in Africa is in decline, and no longer pays its way”   In addendums to his IUCN report titled ‘Africa is changing: Should its protected areas evolve? Reconfiguring the protected areas in Africa’, wildlife vet and protected areas …

Where wild things are under threat, wildlife trade needs to be dealt with

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Banner image: “Tigers rub against a cage fence at a captive breeding centre for large predators at an undisclosed location in the Free State, South Africa, in this undated picture released in November 2005 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). (Photo: EPA)“ By Lynn Johnson, Daily Maverick, 20 …

Protecting Hunting from the Hunters

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On the 1 January 2019, a platform “Conservation Frontlines” was launched to raise the ‘virtues’ of hunting in the public consciousness (against the swathe of negative press that has been acknowledged as swaying public opinion against trophy hunting). Conservation Frontlines suggests that: “The best chance to secure social acceptance for …