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 […]
Lions are majestic animals, the alpha predators of the African bush. We think of them as roaming wild and free across the plains. But this is far from the reality. South Africa has a population of about 2750 lions in national and private game reserves – and almost twice that number caged in pens. Since 2007 […]
The United States continues with its never-ending task of holding back wildlife crime and poaching of endangered animals by charging the owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris with a host of violations. Charges include breaches of the Lacey Act, money laundering, fraud and trafficking of rhino horn. Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman […]
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 […]
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 […]
Concerns have been heightened by the Namibian Ministy of Environment and Tourism’s (MET) decision to issue additional hunting permits for some of the most unique elephants in the world. The Ministry had previously stated that only two hunting licences had been issued and seems unconcerned with the revelation of advertisements for the permits of up […]
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 […]
There are growing fears that Namibia is about to sell off hunting rights to a third of the remaining adult bull desert elephants in the country. With an estimated population of just over 100 elephants and just 18 of those being adult males the loss of a third of the breeding males would be devastating […]
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. […]
One of the last game hunters to be able to shoot an elephant in Botswana before the hunting ban came into effect was the head of environmental protection of German state, Thuringia. Udo Wedekind sent photos of himself posing with the dead elephant to colleagues at work and said the shooting ‘was a challenge’. Wildlife […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
For a lot of people in Africa life is tough. When you’re part of a rural community in Namibia that has traditionally been at the bottom of society then things are really tough. Extreme poverty and hunger becomes part of life. Sustainable hunting in community managed lands are turning the lives of the San group […]
The Maasai community in Loliondo, Ngorongoro are under threat of being evicted from their community lands by the Tanzanian government. Claims are being made that the Maasai are having a negative impact on wildlife and habitats on their community lands. Maasai warned of evictions. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Ezekiel Maige, has […]
The European Commission (EU) has used the first opportunity available to it to launch formal infringement action against Sweden who went ahead with a cull of 20 wolves by over 6,000 hunters on January 15th. The cull went ahead despite a call by the EU’s Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik not to go ahead with it.