No Relief from Gin traps for SA wildlife

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No Relief from Gin traps for SA wildlife.

 

REPORT ON WILDLIFE FORUM MEETING IN CAPE TOWN ON 11TH JUNE, 2012

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Chris Mercer. Campaign against Canned Hunting Inc. (CACH)

 

Present were the MEC Anton Bredell, Harry Prinsloo and four other members of the farming industry, Justin O’riain, Dr Quinton Martins from Cape Leopard Trust, Annie from Cheetah Outreach, Kas Hamman, Jaco van Deventer and Ernst Baard from Cape Nature, Adri Kitshoff from PHASA, Mick D’Alton from W. Cape Hunters Association, Chris Mercer from CACH, Jenni Trethowan of Baboon Matters and Louise v.d. Merwe and Tozie Zokufa from Humane Education Trust. Notable absentee: Cape SPCA.

 

Veterinarian Marc Walton was elected Chariman and he chaired the meeting ably.

 

The farmers’ concerns were expressed at the very outset: they wanted a blanket permit for each farmer to decide for himself how to combat predation in any way he deemed fit, and without any permits.

 

It was pointed out that this would be unlawful, and Government could not support a lawless free for all.

 

The gin trap issue sparked frank and lively debate, which lasted three hours.

 

The conservationist/animal welfare contingent were deeply unhappy about the draft protocol drawn up by Cape

Notorious Tiger Poacher Nabbed

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In a daring operation involving several vehicles and a daylight chase
and ambush through the streets of Delhi NCR Gurgoan area, notorious poacher BHEEMA BAWARIA was arrested red handed with a tiger skin, tiger bones (an entire skeleton), two live turtles and ivory. This was a joint operation conducted by NGO Wildlife SOS, NTCA, Haryana Forest Department, CBI, WCCB and Haryana Police.

According to information from (NTCA) National Tiger Conservation Authority, Bheema Bawaria was earlier arrested in 2009 with a tiger skeleton in Gurgaon and has been absconding since. He is a repeat

Lion Bones Used for Phony Aphrodisiacs

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A new ad campaign is underway in South Africa to stop the country’s lion bone trade. Lions are killed so their bones can be used to make fake aphrodisiacs and traditional medicines. The demand for the bones is growing in Asia as tigers become scarce.
  • Listen to De Capua report on lion bone trade

The campaign’s been launched by Avaaz – a group describing itself as a global web movement, whose name means “voice” in several languages.

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Fish and Game commissioner who killed cougar loses position

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Fish and Game Commissioner Daniel Richards

Daniel W. Richards was replaced as president of the California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, seven months after he sparked a storm of controversy by killing a mountain lion during a hunt in Idaho.

 

Although the kill was legal in Idaho, California has outlawed the hunting of mountain lions for decades. More than 40 state legislators called for Richards to resign in March, saying he showed poor judgment in killing the cougar when the practice is opposed by most Californians. (more…)

Trading in Tigers is Part of Much Bigger Trafficking Problems

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Vietnam’s tiger farms are called trafficking hubs

 

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    July 4, 2012: A tailless tiger named Ami looks out from a cage at a tiger farm in southern Binh Duong province, Vietnam. Conservationists allege that Vietnam’s 11 registered tiger farms are merely fronts for a thriving illegal market in tiger parts. (AP Photo/Mike Ives)

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Lion Cub Petting in Africa

Lion Cub Petting in Africa

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Want to pet a lion cub?

 

In case you ever thought it would be cool to pet a lion cub, here is an authoritative article about it:

 

http://www.panthera.org/blog/press-release-new-report-finds-captive-lion-reintroduction-programs-africa-operate-under-conser

 

Be sure to download the full PDF at their site too.

 http://www.panthera.org/sites/default/files/HUNTER-2012-WalkingWithLions-ORYX.PDF (more…)