Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 22 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 22 2013

The List Includes BCR as #3

 

http://youtu.be/2B0CbsavLOg

 

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A Canadian Favorite

 

Big Cat Rescue was featured in an Article about the top 14 Canadian Travel Destinations published on Flight Network’s (Canada’s #2 travel site) blog.

 

http://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/top-14-winter-destinations-canadians/

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SUBARU SHARE THE LOVE ADOPTION EVENT

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00am – 3:00pm
Mastro Subaru, 6402 W Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33634
http://humanesocietytampa.org/events
813.774.4311

Join our Mobile Adoption Center at Mastro Subaru for an afternoon of Holiday festivities! Not only will we have adorable adoptables, but you’ll enjoy a live DJ, free BBQ and an opportunity to visit with Santa Paws! And, if you bring a donation of toys, food or treats to “Stuff The HSTB Subaru” you’ll receive a free raffle ticket for some great prizes! Thank you to ASPCA and Subaru for sponsoring this event!

Event highlights:
Live DJ
“Stuff the Subaru”
Photos with Santa Paws and Mrs. Claus
Free Leashes & Collars with adoption
Free Tags
Free BBQ & Baked Goodies
Face Painting for Kids
Free Raffle with great prizes

PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00am – 1:00pm
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607

Jolly Old St. Nick will be paying a visit to our precious pets. He’ll be at our Gazebo for one day only (he IS a busy man) and would love to hear what is on your pets’ Christmas lists. We KNOW they’ve all been nothing but NICE this year ♥ Photos are $10 and provided by Photography by Norman Mark.

Event highlights:
$10 Photos with Santa for pets and children; photos printed on site

Pick From Our Giving Tree: while waiting for your own photo, pick a photo of one of our pets off the tree. Donate $1-$10 for that pet and get a special treat to share with them! Our pets will love the treats, but will be even more excited to get a quick visit from you!

Holiday decorations and festivities

Adoptions at the shelter
Marketing Coordinator

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
813.774.4313
813.774.4313
humanesocietytampa.org

 

Great American Teach In Success

 

Nice feedback from one of the schools we attended:

 

Willow,

 

I must tell you how impressed we all were with the presentation Meredith Pannino provided for the students today. Adults even came out of their offices to listen!!! She was wonderful and she did it in spite of problems with our technology. Please let her know the students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and we really appreciate your generosity in sending a volunteer to our school.

 

There is buzz going around of perhaps an end of the year field trip and we are still trying to raise funds for a donation to the program. We are not a rich demographic so it is slow in coming. Looking forward to see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Yvonne Sell

ESE Teacher Grades 7th & 7.5

Pro Ed Facilitator

 

How Can I Stop Canned Lion Hunting?

 

This is from one of our friends in South Africa:

 

I think Melissa Bachman  is one of the most destructive people I have had the displeasure to come across.

She and others like her have systematically destroyed nature at its finest and have the cheek to sit over the victim with stupid grins on their faces.  They are the worst kind of persons, thinking that they have the right to take a life for fun.  They have killed more wildlife than I have seen in my 65 years of life.  What a disgrace.

 

In March 15th – 2014 –, there will be a coordinated protest campaign in certain cities around the world to protest the failure of conservation authorities to ban canned hunting.  If the march is in your city please go. Keep watching here for details.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/601054616626186/

 

You can also go to these petition sites and sign:

https://www.causes.com/v2actions/1760085-a-petition-to-cites-secretariat

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-government-of-the-republic-of-south-africa-deny-future-entry-to-melissa-bachman

 

Lastly below is a draft letter (please make it personal if you have time) we would like you to send to the government addresses listed below.  It is time that we, as caring individuals, make ourselves heard.  Lets make them hear us.

All the best

Bev.

 

 

 

To whom it may concern.

We refer to your failure to ban the despicable practice of canned hunting.  Canned Hunting is any hunt where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter either by physical constraints such as fencing or by mental constraints such as being hand reared and habituated to humans.  It follows that any hunt of a captive bred animal is a canned hunt. It also follows that virtually all sport and trophy hunting in South Africa is canned to a greater or lesser extent.

Quite apart from the unacceptable cruelty which is the business model of the whole industry, is the threat to wild lion populations from the growing lion bone trade to Asia.

We ask you to take meaningful steps to bring this sordid industry to an end before it wrecks our legitimate tourism industry, and causes regional extinction of wild lion populations.

Canned hunting is an out-dated, cruel blood sport that lacks ethical sportsmanship and does not foster conservation of endangered species in the wild. It most definitely reflects poorly on our culture and should be considered a crime against society, humanity and nature. To shoot a confined, tame animal and call it recreational hunting and conservation is simply ludicrous; this is not science, this is not conservation, this is not species survival.  It is wanton destruction.

 

Kind regards

Name:

 

 

Send to:

These are all the emails from below so you can copy and paste for your convenience.  I have left the list so you can see who your emails are going to.

okumalo@environment.gov.za;;mtjiane@environment.gov.za;permits@kznwildlife.comsharronh@kznncs.org.zajan@mtpa.co.za;nel@dteea.fs.gov.zaboing@dteea.fs.gov.za;lydia.onsongo@gauteng.gov.zacscholtz@half.ncape.gov.za;cites@ledet.gov.zanoluthando.bam@deaet.ecape.gov.za;bdiole@nwpg.gov.zaj.donaldson@sanbi.org.za;smeintjes@environment.gov.zapmosana@environment.gov.za;okumalo@environment.gov.zajohn.scanlon@cites.org;marceil.yeater@cites.orgben.jvanrensburg@cites.org;david.morgan@cites.org;

Management Authorities / Autoridades Administrativas / Organes de gestion

1a)

Ms Olga Kumalo
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email: okumalo@environment.gov.za

1b)

Mr Mpho Tjiane
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email: mtjiane@environment.gov.za

Scientific Authorities / Autoridades Científicas / Autorités scientifiques

1

The Chief Executive: CapeNature
Fauna, Flora, CITES & Hunting

NO CANNED HUNTING TAKES PLACE IN THE W.C. PROVINCE
Web: http://www.capenature.co.za

2

The Chief Executive Officer
KwaZulu Natal Wildlife
Email: permits@kznwildlife.com; sharronh@kznncs.org.za

3

The Chief Executive Officer
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
Email: jan@mtpa.co.za;

4

The Head of Department
Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Email: nel@dteea.fs.gov.za; boing@dteea.fs.gov.za

5

The Head of Department
Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Email: lydia.onsongo@gauteng.gov.za

6

The Head of Department
Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Email: cscholtz@half.ncape.gov.za; dpaulse@half.ncape.gov.za

7

The Head of Department
Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
Email: cites@ledet.gov.za

8

The Head of Department
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism
Email: noluthando.bam@deaet.ecape.gov.za

9

The Head of Department
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Email: bdiole@nwpg.gov.za;

All correspondence to the Scientific Authority should be addressed to

10

Department of Environmental Affairs
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11

Chair of the Scientific Authority
Mr John Donaldson
Email: j.donaldson@sanbi.org.za

Enforcement Authorities / Autoridades de observancia / Autorités de lutte contre la fraude

1

Ms Sonja Meintjes
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email: smeintjes@environment.gov.za

2

Mr Phillemon Mosana
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email: pmosana@environment.gov.za

 

CITES  INTERNATIONAL.

CITES Secretary General – John Scanlon –(The Big Boss)

Email:  john.scanlon@cites.org

 

Chief, Legal Affairs & Trade Policy – Marceil Yeater –

Email:  marceil.yeater@cites.org

 

Chief, Enforcement Support – Ben Janse van Rensburg –(Hmmm, South African???)

Email:   ben.jvanrensburg@cites.org

 

Chief, Scientific Services – David Morgan –

Email:  david.morgan@cites.org

 

Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO
www.cannedlion.org
Co-authors of:
Kalahari Dream www.kalahari-dream.com
For the love of Wildlife www.fortheloveofwildlife.com

Clouded Leopards for Sale in Africa

 

Clouded Leopard Cubs For SaleWhile walking along the main road I noticed a Styrofoam box which was covered by a white rice sack and there was movement under the sack, I lifted it and found two baby clouded leopards. I took them out and played with them and we managed to film this setting for a few minutes before the owner appeared grabbed the cubs and threw them back in the box covered them up and carried the box away.

While filming, our guide/translator was approached by a lorry driver who had his vehicle parked nearby and had watched the scene. He came to tell us that if we were interested in wild cats and small cubs he knew a place where two small tigers were for sale.  Read the rest of this disturbing tale…

Updated 8/21/15:  This link no longer appears to go to the rest of the story though. It was an article that talked about how these endangered cats were openly traded in Africa.

Lions Threatened or Protected Species

Lions Threatened or Protected Species

Lions Need Your Voice Now!

 

We have until 15th June 2013 to give input on the proposed new TOPS regulations.

If you wish to give input, and you’d like us to help lions, please send a quick and easy letter here:  http://catlaws.com

 

CANNED LION HUNTING AND THE NEW TOPS REGULATIONS

 

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The Department of the Environment has published amendments to the Threatened or Protected Species( TOPS) regulations (and given the public 60 days to file comment. 60 days ending 15th June 2013.) Campaign Against Canned Hunting, the NGO that has spent more than a decade exposing the abuses of lion farming and canned lion hunting, has extracted from the 101 page document those provisions that affect lions and comments upon them below.

Main Criticism:-

If the TOPS regulations are intended to protect biodiversity, then they can accurately be described as cosmetic, misdirected and irrelevant. Canned lion hunting is an industry whose whole business model violates the Animals Protection Act of 1962. Imagine the public outcry if livestock farmers allowed hunters to come on to their land and use their sheep or cattle for target practice. There would be a public boycott of S.A. meat and meat products. Consumers would be up in arms. Yet the TOPS regulations wrongly assume that canned hunting (the use of livestock for target practice) is not illegal – and then provides some cosmetic restrictions, when it ought to be banning the whole lion farming industry.

2. Proposed amendments to the TOPS regulations seek to stop the current abuses of shooting arrows into elephant and rhino – but bow hunters may continue to shoot their arrows into lions, leopards, and buffalo.

3. Lion farms will no longer be permitted to let hunters shoot tame lions in their enclosures, or even in an ‘adjacent’ camp, but so long as the target animal is moved out of its enclosure and in to the next-but-one camp, hunters are free to shoot as many arrows or bullets as they wish in to their living target. See how cosmetic this is: how is biodiversity affected whether the tame lion is shot in this camp or that? Who cares?

4. There are other meaningless restrictions listed in the TOPS regulations. For example, hunters may only set a pack of dogs on to a tame lion if it has been wounded first.

It is quite possible that even these feeble and inadequate ‘protections’ are invalid and unenforceable. The Supreme Court of Appeal has already determined that lion farming is ‘a closed circuit’ which has nothing to do with conservation. The industry therefore falls outside the jurisdiction of the department of the Environment, and in the purview of the department of Agriculture.

So, just as Minister van Schalkwyk’s attempt to impose a 24- month wilding rule upon lion farmers was held to be outside his powers, so even the pretence of protective conditions described above can be struck down by the courts. I have posted a blog explaining why I think that the Supreme Court judgment is wrong, and that lion farming very much threatens conservation of wild lions.

http://www.cannedlion.org/content/mero-motu-and-extinction-lions-southern-africa

 

In any event, collapsing provincial conservation structures do not have the capacity to monitor compliance.

 

The TOPS regulations ought to be about protecting biodiversity. But when it comes to lion farming, there is only one provision that is remotely related to biodiversity; one which seeks to ban the current practice of capturing wild lions. (Lion breeders need to introduce fresh blood into captive lion populations to combat captivity depression and inbreeding.)

 

By facilitating lion farming and canned hunting, the TOPS regulations show how irrelevant government has become. Government has become background noise and change will have to come from civil society. The TOPS regulations are not worth the paper they are printed on.

 

Conservationists must come together to get the USA and Europe to ban the import of lion trophies, and to persuade the public not to indulge in cub-petting or to volunteer at lion farms posing as ‘wildlife sanctuaries.’

Only when the flow of dollars has been cut off will this evil industry finally be brought to an end.

 

*For a more detailed look at the relevant sections of the TOPS regulations, go to http://www.cannedlion.org/content/tops-regulations-proposed-amendments-affect-lions

 

We get so many requests for our presentation on canned lion breeding in South Africa that we have posted a copy to Dropbox. Anyone can watch it and download it from here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e2pwtrq6hrwmiso/CACH%20presentation%205%20min.avi

 

Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan

Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO

www.cannedlion.org

Co-authors of:

Kalahari Dream www.kalahari-dream.com

For the love of Wildlife www.fortheloveofwildlife.com