Two women thought they were helping by hand-rearing cubs, until they learned some sinister truths. Now they run a sanctuary for big cats born victim to an exploitative industry.
Author Conservation Action Trust
Will the South African government and its high-level panel finally accept the overwhelming evidence that captive lion breeding should be stopped?
The carcasses of more than 400 elephants have been discovered in Botswana and nobody yet knows what’s killing them. The government appears to be dragging its heels in pursuit of answers.
Sustainable use has ensured the international commercialization of biodiversity, and determined that price and trade be the arbiter of what value each species holds.
COVID-19 has forced the world to reconsider its relationship with wild animals, but South African legislation is increasingly pointing in the wrong direction. It urgently needs a rethink.
Irked by opposition to its decision to reopen elephant trophy hunting, the Botswanan government has become increasingly strident and populist in defense of its actions.
The notion that Earth is here for our use and pleasure is deeply embedded in our collective assumption. We have to rebalance our relationship with the natural world. COVID-19 is a warning of what happens when we don’t.
China’s recent ban on wildlife consumption will hopefully stop the flow of lion bones from South Africa, which may be contaminated with tuberculosis and tranquilizers.
Botswana’s government has again demonstrated to the world that it either does not understand or does not care that elephants play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecological systems.
The evidence suggests that ethical, economic and ecological problems with trophy hunting warrant a trophy import ban.
South Africa is facilitating illegal trade in lion bones, enabling the activities of notorious international crime syndicates, and threatening the survival of tigers and lions in the wild.
For a Western hunter to pay to kill an African animal and expatriate their parts is a form of objectification, dehumanizing and therefore morally reprehensible. It may entrench a Western narrative of supremacy underpinned by chauvinistic, colonialist and crudely utilitarian anthropocentric attitudes.