The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding in South Africa

Stephen Wiggins Article, Studies 3 Comments

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: …

The ‘Canned’ Killing Game – Dead, or Alive?

Stephen Wiggins Article 1 Comment

Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere Safari Club International (SCI) has pulled its support of an industry that has blighted the world for over 20 years – “Dying to be Free” was a rally cry from the 90s to end the ‘canned’ slaughter. Has it really …

Open letter to Secretary Zinke: The African Lion Conservation Community’s Response

Stephen Wiggins Article 2 Comments

Open letter to Secretary Zinke: The African Lion Conservation Community’s response to the South African Predator Association’s letter 29 November 2017 Attention Secretary Ryan Zinke Secretary of the Interior Department of the Interior 1849 C Street. N.W. Washington D.C 21240 United States of America OPEN LETTER TO SECRETARY ZINKE THE …

ARE THE LIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA SAFE?

Stephen Wiggins Article, Speaking Out 1 Comment

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 …

‘Canned’ Hunting – The ‘End Game’

Stephen Wiggins Article, Video 7 Comments

Banner image: courtesy of Campaign Against Canned Hunting article ‘Canned’ Phase Out We have seen the acknowledged damage being done to South Africa’s reputation from its continued harbouring of ‘canned’ practices. The ‘canned’ industry is in steep decline (with a reported 70% drop in the ‘appetite’ for ‘canned’ executions of bred stock). Figure 1 – …

“Lion Crisis”

Stephen Wiggins Article 4 Comments

We have seen the neglect at Walter Slippers’ lion breeding facility in Limpopo Province. The South African Predator Breeder Association (SAPA) has moved in to offer immediate relief, with SAPA Members funding emergency food provision for the neglected lions (which is a welcomed, short term solution). However, the SAPA’s vitriol and …

Debating Hunting

Stephen Wiggins Article, Petition 4 Comments

On the 4th May we had the intelligence2 debate; do “Hunters Conserve Wildlife” – to repeat the actual motion was: “In 2014, a permit to hunt a single endangered black rhino was sold for $350,000… as part of a program to support its conservation in Namibia. Counterintutive? Through funds raised …

Feeding the Hunters’ Addiction in South Africa

Stephen Wiggins Article, Video 4 Comments

The attached video is from a 2015 documentary (“Safari, Paying to Kill”) published onto YouTube in March 2016: It’s a very interesting 45 minutes, with the interviewer, Olivia Mokiejewski clearly exposing the deceit of the ‘canned’/captive-breeding industry in South Africa. Olivia describes ‘canned’ hunting as South Africa’s “nasty little secret” …

“9 Myths About Captive-bred Lions”

Stephen Wiggins Article, Event, Petition 18 Comments

Banner: courtesy of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting Petition – Stop Cruel and Cowardly “Canned” Hunts Next Saturday, 2nd April there will be the Global March for Lions across many cities. In the build up to next Saturday (and then a follow up March to Stop Lion Trophy Hunting  on …