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 …

Is ‘celebrity power’ undermining global conservation efforts?

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Are celebrities (and by association the public) misguided in their support of trophy hunting import/export bans? This is the question posed by Alex Morss, in a 15 January 2021 article published in The Guardian – “Celebrity power undermining global conservation efforts, [some] scientists warn”  – ie. the accusation being that …

2020 Review

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 “Scotland to ban mass culling of mountain hares” (The Guardian 18 June 2020) – Image courtesy of Robert Harding   Well, 2020 has been a year to remember and forget at the same time…..and as we head into 2021, the legacy of 2020 will be coming with us for the foreseeable……hopefully, …

NGO Appeal for Closure of Captive Lion Breeding Industry and Associated Activities

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PDF version of letter – NGO Appeal for Closure of Captive Lion Breeding Industry and Associated Activities, 2 December 2020   Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Environment House, 473 Steve Biko, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa For attention Faroze Shaik, Chief of Staff [email protected]

Safari Club International’s Plan to Colonize Africa’s Hunting Grounds

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By Jared Kukura, Wild Things Initiative, 27 October 2020 – Article given in Conservation Action Trust In 1996, Safari Club International and their African Chapter held a series of visits and meetings around the African continent. The result was a report called the SCI African Chapter Strategic Plan for Africa. It detailed …

Informing The Debate on Trophy Hunting

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On the 30 June 2020, Dr Dilys Roe, Chair – IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) [and Board Member of advocacy group, Resource Africa UK] and Dr Amy Dickman, Director – Ruaha Carnivore Project, University of Oxford, presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Shooting and Conservation, Chaired by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (‘Benefit …

Call on UK Government – Hunting Trophy Import/Export Ban

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5th Anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion TROPHY HUNTING: CONSERVATION & ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO SET OUT ITS PLANS A coalition of Britain’s leading conservation and animal welfare groups are calling on the government to publish a timetable for banning trophy hunting imports [the UK public …