It’s been a long time since I had this white-hot rage with its accompanying blinding headache building up behind my eyes. I am outraged to the point of nausea. This journey of the Sad Lions has taken me on a rollercoaster of emotions from absolute despair to hatred to horror … but now I feel as if my blood has turned to pure molten lava.
For once I was actually trying to relax, and researching the link between ancient Egypt and lions… (ancient and classical times being an interest of mine I don’t get to indulge often enough) and I ended up at the Valley of the Kings. Which inadvertently led me onto another website for a totally different, more sinister Valley of the Kings right here in sadly South Africa - a collection of private game and nature reserves.
I saw their lion breeding program (they breed other species too)… and then wondered whether they were part of the atrocious canned hunting industry. Please refer to my earlier post:
I can only demonstrate below that firstly they breed lions, secondly that the cubs are habituated to humans. And lastly, that hunting takes place on their reserves.
It’s amazing how quickly pictures and links disappear off websites once they come to the public’s attention. So all the pictures I have inserted below, are backed up by screenshots of the actual site underneath… and please note that according to their website:
"All pictures were taken on location"
A. Let us look at the lion breeding part of the operation - described on their website....
Below are images of their lions from their Facebook album "Lions"...
|Credits above: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.387454997954150.92547.137193332980319&type=3|
Q: Why are they breeding these lions? For Conservation purposes?
According to South African Predator Breeders Association:
"Captive bred lions have nothing to do with the survival of lions in the wild. They were not and are not responsible for the decline of the free roaming lion populations and they cannot contribute to the survival of the lion as a species in the wild".
So we are quite clear on that point...
"THEY CANNOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE LION AS A SPECIES IN THE WILD."
Lets talk about the cubs. Pics below are off their Facebook page...
Q. Is this really how "wild" animals should be treated - tamed to Man?
(Screenshot of their FB page )
Q: So do they hunt on the same reserves where they breed and where these adorable little cubs are handled by humans?
Yes, according to their website, they do.
“Valley of the Kings has appointed Hunting Legends International as the exclusive hunting outfitter for the Valley of the Kings reserves."
Note the "Safari" tab in yellow... "Hunting Safaris" right next to "Breeding Programmes" How Apt! It seems to be - We breed, you can come kill!
Apparently the hunting is "great"...
Note who is tweeting this by the way....Phillip J Mostert, Hunting Legends (keep his name in mind for later on)
See how it is all interlinked… humans handling the cute little cubs… the trophies on the killers’ walls…
Here is the breeding farm...at Valley of the Kings Thaba Motswere, Thabazimbi
|Pic credit: their FB page|
And below... you can hunt at...
Valley of the Kings Thabazimbi - which is apparently "the Crown Jewel in African Bow Hunting" and
"The home of Hunting Legends is the Valley of the Kings Thaba Motswere"
Below they show breeding lions at Valley of the Kings Groot Marico....
and guess what folks...
"Great Marico... is a unique Big 5 Private Reserve offering you world class hunting and trophy qualities in a superb reserve."
By the way, Valley of the Kings' FB page positions their Thabazimbi and Great Marico Lodges as Wildlife Sanctuaries...
I find this branding to be terribly misleading and rather repulsive.
By definition “sanctuary” indicates:
"refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger."
VOK – please could you rather indicate in your company mission statement that you breed animals, and you allow killing of animals on your lands. This whole sanctuary business makes it sound like you save animals.
One man, Philip J Mostert, seems to be making a killing (no pun intended) out of Africa’s animals being killed… remember we bumped into him a bit earlier with his Tweet.
Check him out...
Linked-in Profile: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/phillip-j-mostert/89/78b/595
Ain't he cute..... ? Breeder... AND President of the Hunting Company that has the concession on .... wait for it.... that's right you guessed it - Valley of the Kings. But it gets better...
So our dear Mr Mostert is (amongst other roles)
*President & Founder of Game-Breeders
*President & Founder of Hunting Legends
*President & Founder of Valley of the Kings
Here he is on a lion hunt on one of the VOK ranches:
Here he is on a lion hunt on one of the VOK ranches:
He makes money on the entire supply chain of the lions' lives.
See how intertwined and self-serving it all is… one bloodied hand feeding the other… he breeds them, he pimps them out to be executed… a multimillion dollar industry built on killing for fun. Because again and again I remind you… this is what it is all about – KILLING FOR FUN!
Under the Hunting Legends description on the image above they even offer you honesty and integrity. Oh how wonderful to know that when you are off on a serial-kill mission, your pimps are going to be honest and full of integrity. That surely must be a great comfort to you as you aim and fire at a grazing elephant, or gentle giraffe, or a magnificent lion (one of those cute little cubs perhaps? I don’t know, can't say).
I mused briefly on the nature of this deal...
And then I saw blood-red…
"Africa is God's country
God bless you!"
Am I going nuts? Hunting and living in the same sentence as God... Come to Africa - God's country - kill our animals (which we breed just for you by the way) and oh yes God bless you.
If God created the animals - I don't believe he did so for humans to kill for fun. I don't even believe he created them for us to eat or wear... BUT MOST DEFINITELY NOT TO KILL FOR FUN!
So they justify slaughter of innocent animals for fun and millions of dollars by using religion and God?
NO wonder the world is so messed up! All this killing in the name of God.
They go on to say on that same page...
"Indeed, the only way to be truly happy is to live with excellence and integrity."
And referring to the animal activists obviously heartfelt criticism...
"We are certain that God does not want us as fellow human beings to fight and to abuse each other in such disrespectful manners."
So they don't think God wants us to swear at each other, but it's ok to go shoot up his animal creations for fun and money. How warped! Vomit!
SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY’S CHALLENGING WORLD
If your answer is “no” please can you join us… just thinking how gutwrenchingly awful this is, is not going to change anything. The animals cannot walk into parliament and demand fairer laws. They need us to fight for them to have legal, enforceable rights across the world… and a representative on the United Nations.
We do not own them, any more than children born to slavers were owned by the slave-owners. It is utter arrogance to impose human values on other species. Neither do we need animals for anything, we have evolved past that long ago.
We are technologically advanced enough now to live in perfect harmony with each other and nature on Earth.
These people like Philip Mostert… remind me of the ancient near eastern despots enslaving everyone and imposing absolute rule.
Imagine life from the animals’ perspective.
Please try it just for 5 minutes. You will either throw up, or sob uncontrollably for days, or want to smash something.
STOP BLOCKING THEIR SCREAMS OUT OF YOUR HEARTS.
Being here on Earth carries responsibilities – you’re part of the human race, you must take responsibility for the state of the planet, and all of its inhabitants that are living under our reign of terror and greed.
If we as a species are ever to evolve we all need to take responsibility for our collective shadow. Its difficult I know – I look at these hunters and want to get sick – how can I even be part of the same species I wonder…
But we have to stop them and end this barbarianism.
We need to honor all of Earth’s creatures equally… they all have just as much right to life and resources as we do.
Will you help them?