Campaigns & Initiatives

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Rhino Campaign

 

Two separate Campaigns that will target areas that contribute directly to the ongoing slaughter of our Rhino.

1. Chinese and Vietnamese Government (All countries that continue to exploit wildlife is the most despicable manner): To dispel the myth and prosecute those that trade in/ distribute illegal Rhino horn. Despite being a CITES signatory Chinese pharmaceutical companies continue to manufacture so-called “medicines” derived from illegal rhino horn. 

2. Exposing South African Rhino Syndicates consisting of Private game farm owners/ Vets/ Professional hunters that are exploiting the Rhino.

Campaigns/Media/Activism to put pressure on China to assist in solving the poaching crisis and educating people that Rhino horn has no medicinal value. 

We know that it is going to be much more challenging to bring The Peoples Republic of China to the party as they are South Africa’s biggest trading partner, but as they have the largest market for illegal Rhino horn it is imperative that they acknowledge and discuss solutions to this crisis. We strongly believe that the only way that we are going to get China to enter into any discussion is by vigorous and continuous campaigning at their Embassy and Consulates. If we keep the pressure on, it becomes an issue they cannot ignore.

Rhino Protest Chinese Embassy

Exploitation of Lions

 

Lion Bones are being used as a substitute for Tiger Bones in China.

South Africa continues to breed Lions in Captivity for the canned lion hunting industry, and entertainment .PLEASE DO NOT PET THE LION CUBS AND DO NOT SUPPORT THESE FACILITIES-For many years lion breeders and tourist attractions have justified the cruel practice of lion cub petting, firstly by claiming that the lion cubs are 'orphans' and secondly, that they were eventually 'rehabilitated on game reserves'.

It is common knowledge that lion cubs are stolen from their mothers at birth to speed up the breeding cycle and hand reared so that they can be used for petting opportunities.

When people go as far as to question what happens to the lion cubs they pet when they grow too big for this practice, the standard line fed to them is that 'the cubs are rehabilitated'.

Interesting and damning evidence from court documents* indicate that even the lion breeders own experts acknowledge the myth of lion rehabilitation in South Africa, exposing the lie that tourists have been fed for many years by facilities that claim their 'lions are rehabilitated'.

The Minister and his expert witnesses conceded that there was no scientific basis for the assumption that a captive-bred lion could be rendered self-sufficient within any certain period or indeed at all. Such examples of apparent self-sustainability as he offered were shown by the respondent in reply to be in the highest degree unreliable.

The appellants (lion breeders), having adopted the stance that a captive-bred lion could not successfully be rehabilitated at all.

It is doubtful whether the term “rehabilitated after being released” should be used in the context of captive-bred lions. The human imprint on these animals is very strong.

It is immaterial how long the captive bred lion is allowed to run free before it is hunted, it can never be regarded as being rehabilitated.

Thus there was no material disagreement between the experts on the question of the prospect of rehabilitating a captive-bred lion. At worst a successful outcome was speculative, at best, very unlikely.

So the lie has been exposed and it is now up to South African citizens and tourists alike to face the hard reality that captive breeding of lions in SA has no real conservation value, the lion breeders themselves have admitted that 'a captive bred lion could not be successfully rehabilitated at all'! The reality is that captive bred lions in SA more than likely either end up on canned hunting farms or are used to breed more victims for canned hunts.

South African citizens, tour operators and tourists supporting these facilities that breed lions in captivity are all indirectly supporting canned lion hunting.

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