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Bulgarian Tourism ministry promotes shooting protected species

Follow the advice of the Bulgarian Tourism Ministry and your hunting holiday in the country could be a lot longer than anticipated. On brochures handed out at the  Green Days Festival in Sophia the ministry highlighted shooting bears and deer as an option. The problem is bears are protected and sentences of up to 3 years […]


Hunt lobby set to fight CITES over Mozambique trade ban

The hunt lobby is set to fight the CITES Secretariat over a trade ban on hippo trophies put in place in 2012 against Mozambique and Cameroon. The trade ban was introduced following years of warnings to the countries to ensure their hunting of hippos was sustainable. The hunt lobby are claiming that the ban was imposed […]


Who is the world’s wildlife favourite airline?

Until recently there was little to choose between the biggest airlines when it came to wildlife protection. But in just a few weeks that has all changed. For the eco-tourist looking to spend their green pound in an ethical fashion or company buyers looking to meet their sustainability policies things have changed- there is now […]

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Zambia begins hunting of big cats again

On Friday, Tourism and Arts Minister, Jean Kapata announced that the ban on hunting of lions and leopards is to be lifted in the country. The ban has been in place since 2013. Lion can be hunted again from next year and leopards can be hunted and killed from later this year. The ban on lion […]


Emirates SkyCargo bans transport of hunt trophies

Momentum is building  in ending the wildlife trade and protecting endangered species from both poachers and unsustainable hunting of wildlife as a second major international airline bans the transport of hunt trophies. Emirates SkyCargo one of the biggest international cargo carriers and part of the world’s biggest airline has said that from Friday 15th May […]


South African Airways bans transport of hunting trophies

As South African Airways (SAA) pushes ahead to be one of the most sustainable airlines in the world the company has announced an immediate ban on the transport of hunting trophies on its passenger and cargo planes. The decision was made last week and formally announced yesterday. In January this year SAA was only the second […]


Australia bans import of lion trophies

In a major win against the canned lion hunts of Africa the Australian government has announced a ban on permits for the import of lion trophies and parts. The ban is to take place immediately. Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt,  made the announcement during the Global March for Lions. The ban was announced following a […]


Australia plans to ban import of Lion trophies from South Africa

A permanent ban on the importation of lion parts, including trophies is planned by Australia. This was announced after South African conservationist. Ian Michler met with Australian Environment Minister, Greg  Hunt and other MPs in Canberra earlier this month. Canned lion hunting, or ‘captive’ hunting as the breeders and hunters refer to it, is a […]

Court orders police investigation into bird charity

Intense lobbying by a hunting group in Malta has led to the magistrates court ordering police to investigate international wild bird charity Birdlife. The case involves Birdlife volunteers who handled protected species after rescuing them. Police had previously investigated the case and dropped the investigation quickly. In October 2012 6 volunteers from Birdlife were photographed […]

Controversy grows as first desert elephant shot

With the world still reeling from the tragic poaching death of Satao, the iconic Kenyan tusker, news that Namibia has just followed through on killing the first of the Namibian Desert Elephants on Saturday, is causing another outcry. The Namibian Government, seemingly unfazed by the recent international outrage and negative publicity surrounding the issuing of […]

United States bans elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Friday announced a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe during the 2014 hunting season. The USFAWS has questioned whether there is sufficient monitoring of the big-game hunt and whether the number of elephant hunting permits is sustainable in the current poaching crisis. […]

Could canned hunting be on the way to Kenya?

Could canned hunting be on the way to Kenya?

The new Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill 2013 currently being proposed in Kenya could in a worse case scenario introduce canned hunts similar to the canned lion hunts of South Africa. This studio debate looks at the options of game farming under the new bill. (34:12).  

As poaching hits all time record WWF head goes elephant hunting

As elephants herds across Africa get decimated for the ivory trade and conservation groups call for tougher action the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund Spain – King Juan Carlos I – has gone on an elephant hunt in Botswana. His trip has caused fury across Spain mainly because of the cost at a time of extreme austerity but as head of […]

To hunt or not to hunt? the finances of lions

Big game hunting has many supporters and just as many opponents. Many would be happy to see an end to trophy hunting especially the hunting and killing of big cats such as lions. In reality though the trophy hunters bring in big money to conservation and can make the difference between an area of land remaining […]