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US to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe

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Campaigners fear move by Trump administration will damage global efforts to end the ivory trade Donald Trumps administration plans to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe into the US a move campaigners fear could damage global momentum on ending the ivory trade. In 2014, US big game hunters killing elephants in Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reverse the ban, which will also apply to trophies from Zambia, follows moves in favour of the US hunting sector that are worrying some observers. Last week US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, International Wildlife Conservation Council It has a clear focus, the […]

Kenya to burn biggest ever stockpile of ivory

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Tusks from over 6,000 illegally killed elephants will be set alight in Nairobi national park to highlight the poaching crisis Tusks from more than 6,000 illegally killed elephants will be burned in Kenya on Saturday, the biggest ever destruction of an ivory stockpile and the most striking symbol yet of the plight of one of natures last great beasts. The ceremonial burning in Nairobi national park at noon will be attended by Kenyas president, Uhuru Kenyatta, heads of state including Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, high-ranking United Nations and US officials, and charities. A wide […]

Giraffes must be listed as endangered, conservationists formally tell US

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Five environmental groups point to trophy hunting largely by Americans who travel to Africa among key threats to animals Conservationists have lodged a formal request for the US government to list giraffes as endangered in a bid to prevent what they call the silent extinction of the worlds tallest land animal. A legal petition filed by five environmental groups has demanded that the US Fish and Wildlife Service provide endangered species protections to the giraffe, which has suffered a precipitous decline in numbers in recent years. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, slaughter of Cecil the […]

Lion King Artist Paints Majestic Tribute To Cecil The Lion

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“I am a HUGE animal lover and it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason,” Blaise writes on his blog. “As some of you may also know I was one of the animators on “The Lion King” – When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It’s not much but hopefully it will make people think.” The image was accompanied by a fascinating speed-drawing video as well.

US plans to extend endangered species status to lions in Africa

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US Fish and Wildlife Services new restrictions will make importing lion trophies more difficult, five months after US dentist killed famous Zimbabwean lion, Cecil The US plans to extend its endangered species protection to lions in Africa, five months after an American dentist caused an international furore by killing US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will classify lions in southern and eastern Africa as threatened, with those in the central and western regions covered by full endangered status. The move will place tighter restrictions on the import of lion trophies, such as paws or heads. While the US cannot regulate […]

‘There’s no sport in that’: trophy hunters and the masters of the universe

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Two years after Cecil the Lion was killed by a hunter, his son Xanda has suffered the same fate. Oliver Milman talks to hunters in the US and finds that the community is increasingly divided over what hunting really means Theyre known as canned hunts; captive mammal hunting ranches in the US which offer the chance to shoot a zebra or antelope or even a lion for several thousand dollars. The animals are fenced in and often unafraid of humans so the kills are easy, to the extent that some venues even provide the option of shooting them via the […]
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