Ian Michler in Australia

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Ian Michler briefed Minister Hunt on October 1 to discuss the cruel and barbaric industry of captive bred and canned hunting and how Australia is directly involved. Ian had recently returned from Switzerland and Finland where he had briefed lawmakers, NGO’s, media, politicians and the public about the same issues.

Also attending the meeting Jason Wood MP, Stephen Hartney, Roderick Campbell (Economist, Australia Institute), our Founder, Donalea Patman and Minister Hunt’s staff. The meeting was very intense and fast with Ian sharing the statistics of captive breeding and the “spin” hunters are using to con in the name of conservation. Roderick Campbell then briefed everyone with the economics around hunting and the true revenue, stating the Govt’s position is focussed and effective and a positive decision moving forward.

The Govt was also advised of how Australian volunteers and gap year students are being lured into these unscrupulous businesses believing they are participating in conservation work, learning little from the experience other than baby lions are cute to handle! Once lions have been habituated there is never an opportunity for them to be released into the wild, and if they’ve been bred in these death camps, they are usually genetically impaired which again proves there is absolutely no conservation value. Breeding wild at heart animals to live a life in captivity is cruel, often the environments so appalling and overcrowded. Ian also used the analogy that if there was true conservation work being done then why aren’t they breeding the rare Wild Dog or Ethiopian Wolf who’s numbers are critical? These reserves are breeding purely for the bullet.

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One of the surprising results from the Govt’s investigations is that approximately 144 lion trophies and body parts have been brought into Australia since 2010.

Minister Hunt has pledged to have a result on the banning of lion by the end of the year, delighted at the response from stakeholders around the world in the recent call for submissions.

 

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We need your help

Dear friends…we need your help.

We are bringing Ian Michler (conservationist and renowned wildlife journalist and author) to Australia to consult the Govt about the plight of wildlife in Africa and whilst he’s here, we’re hosting a fundraiser to assist with funding an upcoming investigative documentary. Friends in Africa are producing this with Ian, which follows his 15-year long journey to uncover the truth behind the breeding farms and the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa.

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In South Africa, there are approximately 8,000 predators in captivity with lions making up the vast majority. Most live in appalling conditions, with inadequate protocols in place to protect them or regulate their welfare, or the genetic integrity of their blood lines. The breeders of these animals state that they’re breeding lions to preserve the species, to protect them for conservation purposes. However, the bloody truth is that almost all the male lions become victims of the “canned” (captive) hunting industry, a sport where hand reared, tame lions become targets in the sites of lazy hunters, who pay thousands of dollars for the dubious privilege of shooting the king of beasts, in circumstances which are anything but sporting. Cubs are ripped away from their mothers just days after birth to force the lionesses into rapidly repetitive reproductive cycle…. they are simply used as breeding machines, after which their bones are shipped to the Far East to supplement the “tiger wine” industry. This investigative documentary follows the story of Ian Michler, a renowned wildlife journalist, and his 15-year long journey to uncover the truth behindthe breeding farms and the canned lion hunting in South Africa. In his brave and tenacious attempts to show the exploitation and the horrors of these industries he will be confronted with aggressive operators, indifferent government officials and complicit hunters. It’s an emotional ride, but ultimately one that will make a difference. This film will be pivotal in spreading the awareness about the deceit by exposing what really goes on in the cages and behind the fences of over 150 breeding farms in South Africa. In this way, it hopes to bring about change to ensure that canned hunting is CANNED forever. 

If anyone feels inspired to assist with the event, or more importantly, organise donations or feels inspired to donate items that can be raffled or auctioned on the night, it would be so gratefully received.

Event details to be released soon!

Please email fortheloveofwildlife@gmail.com or call Donalea Patman 0417 939 042

 

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A lion called Christian

Today is Christian the lion’s birthday. We don’t know a single person who hasn’t heard the story of how two outrageous guys in the 60’s bought a lion from Harrods. In the day when buying an exotic pet was like buying a handbag…thank god you can no longer buy animals from Harrods.

This is a story of love…it’s the love of Christian that took Ace and John through an incredible journey with this beautiful soul.

 

Christian

Ace Bourke and his very dear friend John Rendall arrived in London, fresh from Australia and on the spur of the moment, impulsively bought Christian. It was soon apparent that Christian was growing into a very large sub adult male. quickly outgrowing their Chelsea apartment.

Christian and TV

They spent many years and a lot of money getting Christian back to his ancestral homeland in Kenya. Two documentaries were made about his life in London and his return to the wild and with the help of George Adamson, who created a pride of lions to assist in Christian’s rehabilitation.

Recently the youtube clip of this adventure has gone viral and reignited the popularity of interspecies relationship.

A lion called Christian – full documentary

We’re in contact with Ace Bourke who currently resides in Sydney. He’s raising awareness about the plight of lions throughout the world and how important it is to do what we can to ensure their existence. Ace spends his time writing, speaking and blogging on the importance of this apex predator and how the world will suffer in their demise. He’s as outraged as most about the cruel and horrific industry of canned hunting and how this iconic and unbelievably beautiful beast has been reduced to a mere commodity and factory farmed to be exploited by tourists and end it’s life being hunted.

 

Happy birthday Christian…you’ve captured the hearts of so many, we’ve all fallen in love with you and your beloved pride. We vow that your life meant so much to us and we’ll continue the campaign to stop the horrific industry that reduces your kind to a mere commodity. That we’ll keep waking and shaking the world into action in doing what we can to stop the trade in trophies and lion bones. That we’ll never stop asking governments around the world to stop the trafficking, the exploitation, the harm.

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Thank you Ace and John, and thank you Christian. Sharing your story has opened our hearts and makes us think about how precious you are and how you’re existence meant so much to so many.

Christian and George

 

Stay up to date on Ace Bourke’s website.

Ace Bourke Website

Canned Hunting

The act of hunting a confined animal that has been raised in captivity and humanised.

The horrid industry of canned hunting is where an animal has been bred specifically for hunting and is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or mental (tame, habituated to humans).

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There are fewer than 4,000 lions left in the wild in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. These animals are destined to be trophies, therefore it is imperative that the head to kept in perfect condition. A quick kill by a head shot now becomes a body shot, taking up to a dozen bullets to kill a lion or a slow death by arrow, either way piercing a major organ can never be guaranteed.

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Lion farming and poaching are serious threats to wild lion prides for a number of reasons:

  • The ongoing capture of wild lions for the purpose of introducing fresh blood into captive breeding negatively affects the wild population.
  • The canned hunting industry attracts high fee paying clients for the opportunity to kill captured, drugged, confined and humanized animals.
  • The explosive growth of the Asian lion bone trade through poaching.
  • Volunteers inadvertently support the industry by being deceptively conned in the name of conservation. They are led to believe that they are helping orphaned cubs that are being raised to return to the wild… animals that have been humanized can never return to the wild.
  • Volunteers do not work at these reserves for free – the fee is high and it makes this industry very lucrative.
  • Poverty – the local Africans are too easily persuaded by money to poach animals for the lion farming or international trade in parts.

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In Australia, Jason Wood MP has tabled the issue of canned hunting and wildlife trafficking in Parliament. No matter your political persuasion, it’s imperative that this is strongly supported so our wildlife has a chance. Please take the time to sign this petition.

Jason Wood Speech

http://jasonwood.com.au/issues/canned-hunting/stopcannedhuntingnow/

For more detailed information about canned hunting please visit Campaign Against Canned Hunting, South Africa.

http://www.cannedlion.org/

Interspecies Communication

Anna Breytenbach is interviewed on O World Project where she talks about how humans are suffering from a separation sickness from Nature and all life on earth. Her amazing clarity of communication and how she expresses the quantum capacity we all have to reconnect if only we would take the time to sit and truly listen. Insightful and simple in connecting with animals and nature as we all have the capacity it’s just that we’ve become too busy of mind.

 

This pic below was taken whilst a group was finishing a meditation and in circle had been toning. In the middle of the afternoon a shy sea otter came out of the waves to see what was going on believing that it was something behind, as this was not normal human behaviour.

 

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There are so many ways you can have a relationship with animals. In this video Anna shows us, that with quiet connection to the animals, we all have the ability to communicate. If we are to live harmoniously on the earth together, we need to access other ways of being. In our hurried, technological world we don’t take time to be and feel our feet on the earth.

Anna talks to Spirit, the black leopard.

The home of Campaign Against Canned Hunting

Chris Mercer

Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan have spent many years campaigning against this cruel and barbaric industry. They are the stakeholders and creators of Global March for Lions that initiated a global movement to save Africa’s wildlife. So many people have been inspired by their work and groups have formed around the world, due to their ability to connect and collaborate with so many others.

Visit their website for the full story on canned hunting.

Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Headquarters, South Africa

Chris Mercer on canned hunting.