Sunday, 31 May 2015

Here we go round the Mulberry bush....

So here we have Minister Molewa denying the existence of canned hunting...

But in the article below, there are 2 clear references to the hunting of captive-bred lions...

http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/iphone/homepage.aspx?isBookmark=true&locationHash=%23_article44eb4ae3-3964-431c-a6bb-5c4048751cb2%2Fwaarticle44eb4ae3-3964-431c-a6bb-5c4048751cb2%2FEDSF4UEH7IW#_article44eb4ae3-3964-431c-a6bb-5c4048751cb2

"...Others are bred for hunting..."

and

"...allowing the hunting of captive-bred lions takes pressure off the hunting of the wild lion population..."

SO IN THE MINISTER'S OWN WORDS:

THERE ARE LIONS BRED FOR THE BULLET

and

HUNTING OF CAPTIVE-BRED LIONS HAPPENS!


Again...  I don't think it matters whether the lion is captive-bred or not...

WE SHOULD NOT BE KILLING ANIMALS FOR FUN!

According to SAPA (the South African Predator's Association)  captive-bred lions have no conservation value...


So again.... INSTEAD OF BREEDING LIONS FOR THE BULLET  (AS THE MINISTER HERSELF ADMITS IS HAPPENING)  ...

Shouldn't that land be put to better use such as growing food for our burgeoning and hungry population...  

If we outlawed the breeding of lions (except for AUTHENTIC research and conservation purposes)  and put the focus on eco-tourism for our wild lions...

Lastly, there are just soooooooooo many people that refuse to visit countries that allow trophy hunting.  And its the poorest people relying on tourism, and its spin-offs that suffer... !
What is going to happen when they find out how trophy hunting is affecting their livelihoods... its not the wanna-be macho killers in their camo outfits that support the arts and crafts in remote areas...
hunting income generally only benefits a few!

I CALL FOR A COMPLETE BAN ON TROPHY HUNTING!  

If our intention is set to protect and nourish all life here in South Africa, and our moral obligation acknowledged to defend those that cannot vote for a fairer system...  if we listened to our hearts, and not just our heads...   if we had true wisdom instead of the cold logic of "economics" always looking out for me, me, me! ... if the Fat Cats stopped pilfering the cream and started playing fair...

This country could be heaven.  Just think of all that land turned to growing organic produce using renewable energy instead of breeding lions for the bullet!

It doesn't make sense the way that this country is run...  we have all the resources... we have endless potential for solar power - but we want to allow dangerous fracking...

Something is seriously wrong!

#CutThecANCer !


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Why is killing lions for fun even legal in the first place?



This Lion was an African... one of us...
   created by something greater than Mankind...
        just as Earth was...
          just as we humans were...

He was part of Nature
 just as we are
   but because of the form of His Consciousness
he was sold to be slaughtered for fun

Dear Minister Molewa,

I appreciate your tweet inviting us to submit proof that canned hunting happens in South Africa.

Firstly, we in the activism world do not have access to the data that your Ministry has.
Therefore it is extremely difficult to prove where canned hunting takes place because, as I am sure you are aware, the lions are normally transported from the breeding “farms”  (where they have become tamed to humans) to the killing site where they are presented to the hunter as wild-born (and are often drugged for an easy kill). 

I am confident that you as Minister, charged with the protection of our national heritage and natural world, could, with the resources and data (eg Lion Register, hunting licence logs etc) at your disposal, undertake to investigate each breeding facility which number approx 170, to see where all of these lions are going to if you are really determined to stamp out any unethical practices.

Secondly, thankyou for the link to TOPS.  As far as I am concerned, it doesn't matter if the lion is captive-bred or wild-born:- 

Is it ethical to be shooting lions for fun?

Is it ethical to be breeding lions that are going to be shot for fun?
(if the breeding farms' captive-lions are not shot - then where do they go to?)

This is the core of this whole issue - WHY ARE LIONS BEING SHOT FOR FUN IN THE FIRST PLACE?

More and more people in South Africa, as well as in the international community, are seeing trophy hunting for what it really is...  a bloodthirsty past-time.  That is all that it is - KILLING INNOCENT ANIMALS FOR FUN.

What kind of country encourages this?

We are calling for new laws that are not influenced by hunters, breeders, or anyone else that stands to gain from the exploitation of our lions, and other animals - thereby avoiding this total conflict of interest. 

We should be protecting the animals BECAUSE they are dependent on us - to display integrity and compassion.

Yes, the hunting fraternity is wealthy and powerful - does this mean that the bullies with guns should win?

If you would open your heart and listen to people around the world - begging you to save the animals...   we are many more in number than the wealthy killers.
If a survey were done throughout our land on attitudes towards trophy-hunting, I am confident that the majority would vote to protect the animals.  The land could surely be put to much better use eg growing food, than breeding lions to slaughter for fun.  Again - there is no conservation value in this abhorrent cycle of abuse.

Let us not talk about "harvesting" lions - they aren't crops.  They are living, breathing Africans!  Please don't hide behind existing laws - they aren't worth the paper they are written on!  WE WANT NEW LAWS THAT TAKE THE LIONS' RIGHT TO LIFE INTO ACCOUNT!

Minister - you are a Woman of Africa... 

Ultimately my question to you is this - during your precious time on this dying Earth...  carrying the power that you carry... are you going to be the heroine or the villain?

Lastly, these articles say it all:

Biggest con in conservation:


Hunting is a threat to our national interests: 


and

Hunting does NOT contribute as much to the economy as the hunters would have you believe:


From a ranger’s point of view:


Thankyou and kind regards,

Christine Jordaan