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 […]

How hunting is improving the lives of the poor in Namibia

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 […]

New threats of eviction for Maasai people

New threats of eviction for Maasai people

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 […]

EU acts quickly over Sweden wolf hunt

EU acts quickly over Sweden wolf hunt

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.