optig

Lion Conservation in South Africa

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/250-starving-lions-found-in-raid-on-trophy-hunting-farm-bcqdn2d0c

 

This is a truly shocking story ,especially since the current government of South Africa has allowed the trading of lion skeletons. This was the decision of Edna Molewa the current Minister of Environmental Ministers. 

 

It's ironic since the USFWS banned all lion trophies coming from canned hunting in South Africa. Can anyone allowing  lions to die of starvation call it conservation? One can only surmise that these lions are allowed to starve to death, so that the owners don't have to go to an expense of feeding them and can later be used for the bone trade and exported to China. 

 

However this is inhumane and totally unacceptable.  I'd love to know how the wildlife ranchers in South Africa are reacting. 

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Hunters will blame the USFWS for this. As they see it, because Americans can't import the trophies the animals have lost their value so the owner isn't receiving the money he needs to take care of the animals. 

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The Sunday Times article is dated July 8 2016.

 

It would be interesting to learn the result of the inspectors' investigations and whether any prosecutions were brought and if so the outcome.

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@Caracal, Unfortunately, as you are probably well aware the current government in South Africa has a dreadful record in prosecuting those who are guilty of poaching or any other abuses of wildlife. @Forwildlife I couldn't agree with you more that according to professional hunters if wildlife has no value then they have no responsibility for it. 

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this industry is not the best and the regulations are very weak

 

the Chinese just use it as a cover for the tiger parts trade , please see the EIA report THE LIONS SHARE  https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Lions-Share-FINAL.pdf

 

the bones cannot be identified from each other without forensic testing

lion  is being passed of as tiger 

 

there is no long established practice of lion use

 

the tiger trade continues as well

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Lions as well as jaguars where they are literally exterminated in Bolivia nowadays...

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