Captive lion breeding damages SA’s tourism reputation

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By Melissa Reitz, Conservation Action Trust, 17 November 2020  Despite overwhelming worldwide opposition, including a parliamentary resolution to close down the captive lion breeding industry, SA’s government is ignoring red flags that the industry is damaging the country’s reputation and deliberating a 2020 annual trade quota for the export of lion bones. The …

World Wildlife Crime Report – Trafficking in Protected Species

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has issued a report, “World Wildlife Crime Report – Trafficking in Protected Species” 2020. “Lion, jaguar and leopard body parts are being increasingly sought as substitutes to tiger products by traffickers, a major UN report has found, but demand for ivory …

“Unfair Game” – Published

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“Unfair Game” – An exposé of South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry [Update] Now published on Kindle and in paperback (16 June 2020 in the UK, 7 July 2020 in the USA): UK Link – “Unfair Game“ USA Link – “Unfair Game“ By Lord Ashcroft on Wildlife – (Lord Ashcroft fb page link) …

Submission to South Africa’s High-Level Panel – elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros

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Banner Image courtesy of Mark Boulton – “Lewa Conservancy, Kenya” – Elsa Trust and Elsamere IWB’s Submission to the HLP, Dated 11 June 2020 IWB’s Response to HLP Questions Received, Dated 21 October 2020 The Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental affairs has issued a “A general notice calling for submissions, …

Living with wild animals, Part One: Cash cows or fellow beings?

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As we approach World Health Day on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 – please join the call to end wildlife markets/wildlife trade across the globe to protect human health, including re-emphasising the inherent human health risks of tuberculosis (TB) transmission from the lion bone trade. World-wide, TB has been infecting and killing …

Zoonotic Diseases of Mass Destruction

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Banner image courtesy of artist Olaf Hajek and The New York Times Sunday Review The ‘true’ cost of wildlife abuse – Coronavirus and the viruses to follow…. “If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back …

China’s ban on wildlife consumption is an overdue death knell for lion bone industry

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by Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 24 February 2020 The Chinese government has placed an immediate ban on the illegal trading of wildlife and the consumption of wild animals. This follows a link between pangolin meat and the coronavirus outbreak.  Despite international outrage, South Africa is allowing a quota of at …

Evidence of a further emerging threat to lion conservation; targeted poaching for body parts

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Banner image courtesy of Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme A recent Africa Geographic article, “Lion poaching: Escalating demand for claws and teeth,” 2 January 2020 has summarised the conclusions of a paper published towards the end of 2019: Everatt, K.T; Kokes, R. & Lopez Pereira, C., October 2019 –“Evidence of a further …

New ‘expert’ panel may be weighted to duck Parliament’s call to shut down canned hunting

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Banner image courtesy of EPA-EFE / Kim Ludbrook By Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 25th November 2019 In the matter of guarding the chicken run, there’s a big difference between giving the job to a chicken or a fox. In October the government appointed a high-level panel ‘to review policies, legislation …