World Lion Day 2019

World-Lions-Day-2019 Poster

World Lion Day 2019 Today, we share a lot of good news! Unbelievable, since the last World Lion Day in 2018, a lot has happened and it looks as if the coming 365 days might provide us with a lot of turning points. So let’s start with the small steps! Small steps at a time, in another part of the world, in the Republic of Crimea Together with Crimean advocates, Captive Wildlife Watchdog fights to close down Oleg Zubkov’s Taigan Lion Park. In this part of the world, there is almost no education of visitors happening. They are hungry to touch, play, and engage in activities that create memories for them. Children are especially excited to come face to face with beasts. The Crimean High Court recently banned the Walking with Lions in Taigan Park. A win and equally important, one step closer for the many advocates lobbying the closure

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State of the Lion: Fragility of a Flagship Species

© Lions4Lions - Kalahari Lioness staring intensively

The draft report titled State of the Lion: Fragility of a Flagship Species, by Amy Dickman and Amy Hinks from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, says wild lions have vanished from 95% of their historic range. “In countries like Malawi, the approximate wild lion population is five, 30 in Nigeria, 25 in Angola, 22 in Rwanda and 20 in Niger. Countries with larger populations include Tanzania (8176), Kenya (1825), Mozambique (1295), South Africa (2070), Zimbabwe (1709) and Zambia (1095).“ Johannesburg – There are only around 22 509 wild lions left in Africa, according to a recent draft analysis on the fragility of the continent’s lion populations. There are more wild rhinos than wild lions The study notes how there are more wild rhinos than wild lions, 14 times more African elephants and wild gorillas than wild lions and nearly 350 000 people for every one

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Disgusting find at a follow-up visit by the NSPCA at Jan Steinmanns Farm

Lions found in apalling conditions

NSPCA at Jan Steinmanns Farm – Update 6. August 2019 In a yesterdays IOL article, more gruesome pictures came up. “However, Dr Caldwell believes that the cubs were taken away from their mothers too early and suffered nutritional deficiencies, which compromised their immune system.” This is a standard procedure at all Lion/Predator breeding facilities to bring the female back into oestrus to make sure she produces more cubs as soon as possible. This procedure is not only standard at the 300+ breeding-for-bone-sales-facilities but also at the hundreds of petting and walking scam roadside zoos and Scamtuaries. “Dr Ras fears that this is not an isolated case and that many other cubs may suffer the same fate on some of the 300+ lion breeding farms around the country. At least one-third of these facilities breed lions for the lion bone trade. ” We are sure that this is not an isolated

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Lions may be extinct in 2050? What can I do?

Lions may be extinct in 2050? What can I do?

Lions may be extinct in 2050? What can I do? What can we do?  1. Firstly become informed. That means reading up as much as you can about canned hunting, captive lion breeding, cub petting, lion walks and the lion bone trade. Knowledge is power. You will find most of the information you need for this on our website and up-to-date information on our Lions4Lions Facebook group. Lions are threatened all over Africa. Loss of habitat, poisoning and illegal bushmeat trade, poaching and snaring are their biggest threat in all Eastern African countries. All these factors are responsible that wild Lions may be extinct in 2050.  2. Grasp the facts! Start lobbying your local MPs, Councillors, Ministers, Senators. If you live abroad, contact the South African Embassy near you. Great strides were made in the past because one person started to do that very thing. Never think that one voice

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Cecil the Lion – Remembering Cecil who died 4 years ago, living his last 11 hours in pain and suffering

Remembering Cecil the Lion

Today, we remember CECIL the Lion! It is 4 YEARS since CECIL the lion was shot with a crossbow by the trophy hunter, Walter Palmer. His last 11 hours were lived in pain and suffering. When Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist and avid trophy hunter, killed Cecil the Lion in July 2015, the incident ignited a furor. For Oxford University biologist Andrew Loveridge, who had been studying Cecil for the past eight years, it was devastating.  An excerpt of Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil and the Future of Africa’s Iconic Cats – Andrew Loveridge – REGAN ARTS Cecil, the 12-year-old male lion, padded along the dirt track with leisurely strides, soundless except for the crystal scratch of sand under his soup plate–size feet. His coal-black mane proclaimed his status as the undisputed king of this part of the savanna. He paused only to scent-spray roadside bushes, maintaining his domain’s

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Export Quota on Lion Bones and Parts – DEA calls for Public Comment

EXPORT QUOTA FOR LION BONES C Natucate Jabula

Export quota for Lion bones and parts Members of the public are invited to submit concise written scientific information or data in order to be considered by the Scientific Authority. The information must be submitted on or before 15 June 2019, to Ms Malepo Phoshoko. On 16th May 2019, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) sent a public request. Information is needed to be considered for determination of the 2019 export quota for Lion bones and parts for cross-border trade in the lion parts from SA captive breeding operations. NEMBA, the Scientific Authority is required to advise the Minister of the Department of Environmental Affairs on the 2019 export quota for Lion bones, bone pieces, skeletons etc. of captive Lions for commercial purposes.  Help us to stop the export quota for Lion’s bones and end the captive Lion breeding and send commenting EMAILS to MSPhoshoko@environment.gov.za To point out, in 2017,

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Animal cruelty charges laid against lion farmer by NSPCA

NSPCA at Jan Steinmanns Farm previous visit

Animal cruelty charges laid Animal cruelty charges were laid by NSPCA against Jan Steinman, a lion farmer in North West. The NSPCA found several contraventions of the Animal Protection Act after 108 lions, caracal, tigers and leopards were found in filthy and parasitic conditions. Inspectors of the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) found 27 lions with severe mange, two lion cubs unable to walk, obese caracal unable to groom themselves, overcrowded and filthy enclosures, inadequate shelter, lack of water, and parasitic conditions. Steinman, who owns the lion farm near Lichtenburg in the North West Province, is listed as a Council member of the South African Predator Association (SAPA). “It is deplorable that any animal would be forced to live in such conditions, with such medical ailments. The fact that these are wild animals that are already living unnatural lives in confinement for the purposes of trade, just makes it more

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24 Lions relocated to Mocambique – Update May 2019

24 Lions relocated to Mocambique - Update May 2019

24 Lions relocated to Mocambique – UPDATE May 2019 – 24 Lions relocated to Mocambique in 2018 to a 2.5 million-acre habitat in the Zambeze Delta area. After years of civil war in Mozambique, Lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. The introduction of  Lions from South Africa in 2018 will grow the population to as many as 500 within 15 years. It was the largest move of Lions across an international boundary in history. The environment was once decimated by civil war and poaching in Mocambique. It has only benefited as a result of a 24-year effort led by Zambeze Delta Safaris. However, in spite of these efforts, the lion population has struggled to recover. Lions have are extinct in 26 African countries. Twenty Four Lions is determined to make sure that Mozambique doesn’t join that list. There was very little wildlife in the Coutada 11

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Successful Lion Awareness Day in Brackenfell, Cape Town

Captive Lions Awareness Day in Brackenfell

Captive Lion Awareness Day The 8th December 2019 saw 30+ Lions and Leos from the Brackenfell Lions Club – South Africa and Brackenfell Leos jailing the District 410A Governor and a mystery guest at the Pick n Pay Hyper in Brackenfell. This was our first ever Captive Lion awareness day. District 410A will hold more awareness days once a month or bi-monthly in 2019.  Lions District 410-A is looking to raise R1000 per Lion that is held captive within the borders of South Africa on behalf of the Project Lions4Lions. There are currently 10 000+ Lions being held captive in mostly inhumane facilities in South Africa. Undoubtedly, we as Lions have a big responsibility to save our symbol animal. We are very thankful that our district has started this long-term project. Thank you, Rocky Wright and all other helpers from Table View Lions Club, Merriman Lions Club, Athlone Lions Club and Malmesbury Lions Klub. Also

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Captive Lions Awareness Day 

Captive Lions Awareness Day

District 410A – Captive Lions Awareness Day Join us on our Captive Lions Awareness Day on Saturday, 8 December 2018, at the Brackenfell PicknPay from 11:00 to 13:00. More than 10 000 Lions are held in captivity in South Africa. At the same time, less than 20 000 Lions still exist in the wild in the whole of Africa. South Africa, one of only 7 hotspots with more than 1000 Lions, counts less than 2 000. As members of Lions Clubs International, we have the responsibility to save our iconic Lion species. District 410A is looking to raise R1000 per Lion on behalf of the Project Lions4Lions.  The Brackenfell Lions & Leo’s will be taking and jailing the District 410 A Governor on the 8th of December at Pick n Pay Hyper Brackenfell at 11 am. They will only release him on a minimum bail of R10 000. Raising the awareness of the

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The possible end for Captive Lion Breeding

Captive Lion Breeding Colloquium

STATEMENT about the report on the colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding Parliament, Monday, 12 November 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs adopted the Report of a two-day colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding. The colloquium on Captive Breeding of Lions for Hunting and Lion Bone Trade was held from 21 – 22 August 2018. The practice of captive lion breeding both for hunting and lion bone trade has caused much uproar against South Africa’s Captive Lion Breeding Industry. Certain members of the cruel Lions Breeding Industry are now excluded by international pro-hunting organisations. Amongst these organisations are the SAFARI International, the Dallas Safari Club and the European International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had also raised concerns about captive lion breeding for hunting.  The DEA should put an end to this practice The Report contains voices of representatives of local pro-hunting

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The Parliamentary Colloquium on lion farming in SA by ​Chris Mercer.

Colloquium on lion farming

The Parliamentary Colloquium on lion farming in SA by Chris Mercer. Chris Mercer has been re-reading the transcript of the submissions made to the Portfolio Committee of Parliament, 6 months after the Colloquium on lion farming in Cape Town recently. The arguments advanced on behalf of the hunting industry make one wonder if they were written by a five-year-old child. In fact, they were made by senior officeholders of hunting associations. Tragically, unbelievably, these puerile arguments are accepted as gospel by conservation structures in South Africa. At least, they’re childish – you make up your own mind. Read more about the Colloquium on lion farming A letter sent to minister Edna Molewa by CACH UK before the meeting   The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs hosted a two-day colloquium on captive lion breeding. The colloquium titled “Harming or Promoting the Conservation Image of the Country” took place on 21 and 22 August 2018.

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You didn’t think that selling parts and bones from captive Lions boost poaching?

captive Lions boost poaching

Lion poaching: the brutal new threat to Africa’s Lion prides You didn’t expect that selling parts and bones from captive Lions boost poaching? Think AGAIN! The big cats are horribly easy to kill with poisoned meat, allowing poachers to hack off their faces and paws – but rangers are now on their trail

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Are wild Lions losing the fight against extinction?

Are wild Lions losing the fight against extinction?

Are wild Lions losing the fight? Lions in South Africa are treated like livestock. They are classified as farm animals. Ca. 8.000 to 12.000 Lions live in captivity in most incredibly bad conditions.  The Lion farmers have ONE GOAL, to make money out of their livestock. This circuit starts at the volunteer projects. Volunteers pay to be able to raise young cubs, that are taken away from their mother a few days after birth. When they are too old to be fed, the animals are exploited on Lion walks. Once they’ve grown up, the end as cannon fodder for hunts and bone sales. Sadly, lions are often traded between the breeding facilities, the volunteer projects as well as the Canned Hunting farms.  They breed Lions to be sold as targets in Canned Hunts, where the animal is brought into a confined area, often just hours before the hunter arrives and often drugged,

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How the captive Lion bone trade is killing Africas and Asias big cats

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Original Article August 2, 2018 – by John R. Platt – Article adapted for better readability Angry headlines around the world decried the news that the Trump administration had issued trophy-import permits for 38 lions killed by 33 hunters — including many high-rolling Republican donors — between 2016 and 2018. But the captive Lion bone trade is much worse. Experts worry this booming trade could doom the big cats in the wild. The Lion species has experienced massive population drops over the past two decades. In 2016, the big cats got some protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama-era regulations still allowed some hunting. Imports of trophies were legal, as long as the host countries could prove that their hunts were sustainable. The Trump administration lifted that requirement last year and instead allowed imports on a “case-by-case basis.” Those 38 dead lions represent the Trump administration’s shift on hunting

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Drakenstein Lion Park – We need YOUR HELP

The Drakenstein Lion Park needs a roaring help  The Drakenstein Lion Park is one of only two real sanctuaries in the Western Cape (and only a hand full in South Africa!). It was established by Paul Hart in 1998. The park provides lions in distress a safe location, where they could live in safety. Where they can roam free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved. When we posted on our Facebook group, that the Drakenstein Lion Park was looking for donations for a fence upgrade, Wellington Lions Club member Benny Smith and his company Kraaifontein Construction & Fencing immediately jumped into action. He could arrange the necessary razor wire at an incredibly discounted suppliers quote. This brought the cost for the fencing down from R 65.000 to R 32.000. Kraaifontein Construction & Fencing also installed the razor wire free of charge, donating the

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NSPCA – URGENT LEGAL APPEAL FOR LIONS

The Lion Slaughterhouse in Free State

APPEAL FOR LIONS – South Africa must end the breeding of big cats in captivity, Lion slaughterhouses and cruelty against our wildlife  MEDIA STATEMENT by NSPCA ISSUED ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NSPCA LAUNCHES URGENT LEGAL APPEAL FOR LIONS The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has lodged an urgent interdict against the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to suspend DEA’s authorisation of lion bone exports. The NSPCA has long been actively involved in addressing the cruelty in the captive lion industry; starting with lion cubs for petting to ‘canned lion’ hunting or slaughter for lion bone, with pending cruelty cases. The NSPCA has been frustrated in its efforts to prevent this cruelty by the lack of regulation within the industry. Not only are there regulatory loopholes, but there is also generally a lack of cooperation and communication from both national and provincial authorities. Following decisions were taken at CITES

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The Ongoing Disgrace of South Africa’s Captive Lions

Jabula the Lion at Wag N Bietje Farm waiting to be shot

The Ongoing Disgrace of South Africa’s Captive Lions An estimated 7,000 to 14,000 (numbers vary) captive lions are held at over 300 Lion breeding facilities in South Africa. Increasingly, the animals are slaughtered for their bones and other body parts, many of which are sold in Asia for their purported — and scientifically discredited — health benefits. Original article by Adam Welz • September 18, 2018 • Yale Environment 360 •  Shortened for better readability – Comments in (brackets)  The incident at the Lion Slaughterhouse in Bloemfontein, Free State Reinet Meyer is the senior inspector at the SPCA in the provincial city of Bloemfontein. She had received a tip. Two adult captive lions had been held 2 days without food or water in tiny transport crates on a farm called Wag ‘n Bietjie. She went to the farm, found the lions, and discovered that they’d been trucked about 250 miles. They came from Predators Pride, a “safari

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Raising awareness about the Lion Species Fate – Lions4Lions in the press

Raising awareness about the Lion Species Fate - Lions4Lions in the press

The Lion species survival is in our hands! In January 2018 Lions4Lions was explicitly started to raise awareness about the Lion species fate. Today, at the end of September 2018, our Facebook group has 4700 members. Every single day, we meet people, that didn’t know what is happening to the most iconic species on Earth. We hear from shocked people. They shiver when they hear what is going on in South Africa’s captive breeding scene.

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UPDATE – 24 Lions – a future for Lions in Mocambique

© Lions4Lions - Lioness /Mocambique Project 24 Lions

😈👿👿 Update about the project – one lion lost to a poacher Twenty Four Lions bring hope to Mocambique! Twenty Four Lions were reintroduced to a 2.5 million-acre habitat in the Zambeze Delta of Mozambique on August 5, in the largest move of lions across an international boundary in history. Today, fewer than 20,000 Lions run wild. Twenty Four Lions will be the seed population that will reverse this trend in the Zambeze Delta, an ecosystem of over 2 million acres. The environment, once decimated by civil war and poaching, has benefited as a result of a 24-year effort led by Zambeze Delta Safaris and dedicated to sound conservation practices. However, in spite of these efforts, the lion population has struggled to recover. Lions have become extinct in 26 African countries. Twenty Four Lions is determined to make sure that Mozambique doesn’t join that list. The Cabela Family Foundation, in

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