Trophy hunting in Zimbabwe’s Matetsi Safari Area is not sustainable at current levels as trophy sizes are declining, there is little scientific data supporting quota sizes and hunting management is seriously incapacitated.
The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) is to defend its position on captive-bred lion hunting and breeding in the Pretoria High Court on 22 November.
The United States government has again tightened regulations regarding the importation into the USA of lion trophies, this time focusing on trophies from captive populations in South Africa.
“The harvesting of species from the wild at rates that cannot be compensated for by reproduction or regrowth” has been recently identified as the single biggest threat to biodiversity, highlighting that proposals for sustainable utilisation need to be examined with extreme care.
Worrying images surface of lion cub petting at South Africa’s infamous Lion & Safari Park, after it had claimed that it would put a stop to these interactions.
Seven wild leopards found in a concrete shed on Walter Slippers’ farm – reportedly trapped then stored there for American hunters to shoot.
A recent study shows levels of bushmeat hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are alarmingly high.
Photos of skeletal lions on a farm in Limpopo highlight how “these breeders have no ethical conservation intent.”
An analysis by the US House Committee on Natural Resources shows that African trophy hunting fails to show consistent conservation benefits.
Promoting responsible tourism the “Born to Live Wild” pledge has been initiated to stop canned hunting.
Communities in Botswana want elephants and buffaloes to be exempted from the country’s two-year-old hunting ban, arguing that the two species are not in decline.
Is there a solution when it comes to the trophy hunting debate?
A debate for and against the motion “Hunters Conserve Wildlife”.
African safari and ecotourism companies call for an end to captive breeding and canned lion hunting.
Namibian conservancies say that if trophy hunting were to banned they would see wildlife disappear within a month.
The key to protecting leopards could be in providing high quality research on population numbers and the distribution of leopards across the African continent.
A definitive line is drawn in the sand when it comes to canned hunting and captive-breeding by a respected group of lion specialists.
Endangered Wildlife Trust has published a study on wildlife ranching, which shows that South African private wildlife numbers may be inflated threefold.
Does trophy hunting support wildlife conservation in Africa? The world’s most influential hunters’ association would like you to think so.
To avoid putting additional pressure on leopard populations, a leopard trophy hunting ban is in place throughout 2016.
27 things you need to know about lion trophy imports in the US, and the impact hunting is having on lions in Africa.
Lions in central and West Africa are to be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in order to set a higher bar for hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the United States.
Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.
What is the world’s wealthiest hunting organisation and the South African Department of Environment discussing behind closed doors?
French officials have been told to stop issuing import permits for lion hunting trophies, including heads, paws and skins, while country considers stricter controls on other species.
The nature of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum that is currently taking place in South Africa makes it difficult not to infer a conspiracy between hunters and government.
Cecil the lion was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer near Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe – we interview researcher Brent Stapelkamp
Dr Peter Oberem takes a closer look at game breeding in South Africa as well as colour morphs and says why we should support wildlife ranching.
Accused of “failing to prevent an illegal hunt” of Cecil the lion, Theo Bronkhorst’s application for his case to be referred to the constitutional court has been dismissed, and the case will be adjourned on 20th November.
Animal rights group PETA has named the hunter who killed one of Africa’s largest elephants as German businessman Rainer Schorr
A closer look at the world’s reaction to the Blood Lions documentary.
Bull elephant hunted in Zimbabwe is likely not Nkombo from the Kruger National Park.
China has issued a one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports ahead President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain this month.
An elephant with tusks estimated to weigh 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.
Zimbabwe’s environment minister said that the US dentist, Walter Palmer, could not be charged for an illegal hunt as all his “papers were in order”.
No charges have been filed against Walter Palmer for the killing of Cecil the lion and the Zimbabwean police have not supplied the required documentation for his extradition.
In light of the uproar following the death of Cecil, three prize winners weigh in on trophy hunting.
Dereck Joubert explains how the argument for hunting gets thinner each time it is tested.
The privately owned global shipping company, MSC, has banned the transportation of hunting trophies on ethical grounds.
An exploration of the reality behind the lion breeding industry and the heavy implications of taking a ‘selfie’ with an adorable lion cub.
Award winning filmmaker, Dereck Joubert, explores the viability and ethics of hunting in the hope that Cecil the lion has died for at least some cause: to rally everyone to get important legislation passed and to stop the killing of lions for fun.
The nationwide ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants in Zimbabwe has been lifted, but a ban is still in force in a limited area including on the farm where Cecil was killed and on another farm where a second lion was hunted.
The light at the end of the tunnel: Cecil’s story not only raises awareness about conservation issues, but it also sends the message that people care about the future of his offspring and his kind. Here are some fantastic photos of his cubs to ease your minds.
Following recent news that Delta Airlines has banned the transport of hunting trophies, two other American airlines – United Airlines and American Airlines – have been quick to follow suit.
Delta has announced a ban on transporting trophy kills following pressure from customers, activists and a petition with 395,245 signatures.
Legal trade, breeding programmes and other economic measures could be effective alternatives to canned hunting provided ethical boundaries are in place and local people are allowed to benefit.
Debate, drama and decisions in the wake of the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s iconic lion.
An American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said that he wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”
A Minnesota father of two is discovered to be the hunter who shot dead Cecil – one of Zimbabwe’s most loved lions.
Zimbabwe authorities are trying to track down the Spaniard that allegedly paid €50,000 to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions.
After viewing the new film Blood Lions, Hermann Meyeridricks is asking the hunting association to reconsider its position on lion hunting.
South African Airways have lifted with immediate effect the embargo that was placed on elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies.
A well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion affectionately named Cecil was killed by sport hunters just outside Hwange in Zimbabwe last week.
We interview wildlife campaigner Ian Michler, and filmmaker Nick Chevallier about their new film, Blood Lions.
A female elephant was accidentally killed instead of an allegedly ‘damage causing’ bull elephant when a hunting permit was suspiciously issued at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.
Dwindling elephant populations in Tanzania and Zimbabwe justify the USA ban on the importation of elephant trophies from the two countries.
Lions could be in trouble in Namibia’s north-west if nothing is done to reduce human-predator conflict.
Lufthansa airline changes its policy on transporting hunting trophies.
Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting to attract tourists.
How lions in South Africa are destined to end up being traded to China.
Reports claim that South African Airways (SAA) Cargo has placed an embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies.
Are South African conservation authorities intent on shipping some of our wild rhinos to live out their lives “safely” on hunting and horn cropping farms?
The NSPCA speaks out on why selective breeding for colour morphs has absolutely no benefit to the individual animal, the species, biodiversity or conservation as a whole.
Russel Gammon discusses what every conservationist should be fighting for – both hunters and non-hunters alike.
A response from well-known conservationist Gail Potgieter on the hunting debate.
The thing about hunting is that the topic is so polarising that it prevents meaningful discourse between people who probably have more in common than they care to admit. And, while the protagonists battle it out, the grim reapers continue to harvest Africa’s wildlife and other natural resources. We humans tend to silo information to …
All about buffalos, their increasing value to the hunting community and the size of their horns.
Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40 000 Maasai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.
The Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia said it will cancel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.
A commentary on the rising popularity of hunting among young women.
Ken joins a traditional hunt with a tribe of Hadzabe bushmen.
Motherboard has gotten its hands on some horrifying video footage of hunting and wild animal abuse in Tanzania with a company known as Green Mile Safari.
AN ANALYSIS OF
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Belgium teenager, Axelle Despiegelaere, loses modeling contract with L’Oreal, a cosmetic giant that: “no longer tests on animals,” after controversial hunting photograph, of her with a dead oryx, emerges during the World Cup.
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn gives her thoughts on the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.
Namibian John K Kasaona gives a local’s view on the Namibian hunting debate.
Concerns have been heightened by the Namibian Ministy of Environment and Tourism’s decision to issue additional hunting permits for desert elephants.
Meet Kendall Jones, a happy huntress, with good looks, a large weapon and her very own dead lion she seems to be the next Melissa Bachman.
Award-winning conservationist sets the record straight about the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.
This video by Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) clarifies the connection between the canned lion hunting and cub petting industries in South Africa.
The Namibian government response to NGOs, on hunting ‘desert elephants’.
The sickening footage of the shocking moment a sleeping elephant in Zimbabwe was woken up by American trophy hunters and shot.
A Kenyan grassroots initiative, Walk With Rangers, has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, Mr. Corey Knowlton, cough up a staggering US$350 000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.
Kevin Richardson discusses the reality of lion cub petting and how this relates back to canned lion hunts and the likes of Melissa Bachman.
A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino has sold for US$350 000 at a closely watched auction that’s been criticised by wildlife and animal rights groups.
Botswana’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian de Graaff, is under fire after he exported a large shipment of lions to a canned hunting outfit in South Africa last month.
Melissa Bachman has sparked international outrage after posting a picture on social media, boasting publicly about killing a magnificent male lion in the Maroi Conservancy in South Africa.
A thought-provoking blog post about how a well-managed trophy hunting operation has a positive effect on both wildlife and communities.
The trophy hunting industry has been caught using loopholes to traffic rhino horns into the illegal rhino horn market
Loliondo the Maasai community concession and wildlife destinations is in the spotlight as locals clash with trophy hunmting companies
On 9 January 2013, the Zambian Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo – responsible through its board for the parastatal the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) – called a meeting at very short notice in Lusaka of all the hunting-safari stakeholders. Vice-President Scott attended. Rolf Shenton, the former MP for Mkushi whose father Barry brought the first …
On Wednesday the Zambian government held a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka in an attempt to thrash out some of the issues surrounding the crisis within the local trophy hunting industry. Chaired by the Vice-President (VP), Dr Guy Scott, those in attendance included a cross-section of hunters, wildlife managers, eco-tourism consultants, outside observers, government personnel and …
Towards the end of last week Zambian wildlife authorities suspended the tender process for hunting concessions and cancelled all hunting licences for the foreseeable future. According to sources and local news reports, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has based her decision on corruption and malpractices between the hunting companies and various government departments. …