Blood Lions – Australian Tour
Ian Michler, lead role, conservationist and investigative journalist was in Australia to attend the screenings of Blood Lion, the first international tour. First in Fremantle, then Sydney, Melbourne and finishing at Parliament House in Canberra.
Ian attended each screening hosting Q&A / panel discussion with Donalea Patman and guests. Fremantle was proud to invite Melissa Parke MP and also attending was Katrina Love, Animal Justice Party Western Australia.
Sydney was attended by Matthew Collis, IFAW and the Hon Mark Pearson MLC, Animal Justice Party who were incredible in the Q&A with Ian Michler. Although we had technical difficulties to begin, the night was fabulous with Ace Bourke (Christian the Lion fame), Jeroen Van Kernebeek, Australian Director of FOUR PAWS, Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 and other wonderful guests.
A very cold night in Melbourne didn’t stop the crowds with Nichola Donovan, President Lawyers for Animals and Bruce Poon, Vic Convenor Animal Justice Party with Ian Michler on the panel. Also present Sean Wilmore, The Thin Green Line, Laurie Levy, Coalition Against Duck Hunting, Trix and Phil Wollen, Kindness Trust, Edward Bourke, Saving the Lion Foundation.
Parliamentary screening was hosted by Senator Lee Rhiannon and her fabulous staff and attended by Minister Greg Hunt. The screening was held in the Main Committee Room and prominent organisations attended.
Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announces an immediate ban on lion imports.
Friday 13 March Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announces immediate ban on the importation of lion trophies and body parts. This announcement is a world first as a response to the barbaric and cruel industry of canned hunting.
The announcement was celebrated at Federation Square at the Global March for Lions, with a live cross to Ian Michler in Cape Town to mark this historic moment. Ian was very emotional at the news and will be taking the news to the EU Parliament where he’ll be briefing lawmakers and politicians on Monday 16 March.
This is a positive step and welcomed incentive for the rest of the world to follow Australia’s lead.
Jason Wood MP has been fierce with this initiative and must be applauded for his tenacity. Both Greg Hunt and Jason Wood should feel very proud of this courageous and visionary step in protecting Panthera Leo.
Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 News aired this story on the announcement by Minister Hunt throughout Australia.
Jason Wood presents in Federation Chamber, February 2015.
On the 9th February, 2015 Jason Wood tables a private members business motion in Parliament where ten speakers took the floor. Nine of the ten speakers were in support of Mr Wood’s motion, only one opposed.
Hansard link for more details: Hansard 9 Feb 2015
Ian Michler, conservationist and international speaker was brought to Australia by For the Love of Wildlife in association with Regulus Vision, South Africa and assisted by IFAW. Ian briefed our Environment Minister, Greg Hunt in a meeting at Parliament on October 1 with Jason Wood MP, Donalea Patman, Roderick Campbell (Economist, Australia Institute) and attending staff. Minister Hunt was very positive about Australia’s position on the importation of trophies and body parts with a position to be made by the end of the year.
Whilst in Australia, Ian was interviewed by various media agencies (following) with fabulous coverage by Bryan Seymour, Channel 7 News.
Trophy hunters banned from bringing home rhino parts as MP Jason Wood fights ‘barbaric’ canned hunting
Environment Minister Greg Hunt to push for ban on Australians taking part in ‘canned hunts’
Berwick MP’s petition aims to stop importation of slaughtered South African animals
International Fund for Animal Welfare