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New template letter to send to your MEP

Wednesday 24th September 2014

Dear (MEP name):

You will be aware that the EU Commission has proposed the implementation of an import permit for hunting trophies of a number of species including lions, rhinos and elephants. This proposed change to the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation is to be discussed by the EU Parliament and I trust that you will give it your full support.

Why is this important?

In the past, the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation followed CITES permit regulations. Hunting trophies were derogated by CITES from trade statistics and evaluations as “personal and household effects”. Hunting trophies of lions, for example, constitute a major aspect of trade, but were excluded from the impact of trade on remaining populations. The only requirement to allow entry into the EU is an export permit furnished by the country of origin.

The proposed necessity of an import permit will give EU Member States much better means of evaluating the impact of trophy hunting on remaining populations of several wildlife species. This can include calls by Member States to request the Wildlife Trade Regulation Scientific Review Group (SRG) to make independent evaluations of the conservation value of further trophy hunting in African lion, rhino and elephant range states.

For example, the SRG has already passed negative opinions on further trade in lion parts to the EU originating in Benin, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Not only are lion populations in those countries highly endangered but they are also more genetically related to lions in India than the rest of Africa.

With the requirement of import permits, those negative opinions of the SRG will also include hunting trophies. As stated above, this is the major component of trade in lion parts from those nations.

The requirement of an import permit for a diversity of animal products is a welcome development. The EU is a major global importer of plant and animal products and should have the sovereign means to determine independently whether any trade imports meet requirements of conservation benefits and sustainability.

I would therefore ask you to support the Commission proposal to implement import permits.

Sincerely yours,

(your name)

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 19:39

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Click this link to read "On being a young Maasai woman today - by Aisha Tande. Powerful words you won't want to miss.

 

In December, Care For The Wild gave us the funding to go to Kenya and continue the preparations for this all important project. Thank you Care For The Wild, we are delighted to have your support! Click here to read the campaign report we wrote about it in March this year.

 

In June 2013, we paid our first visit to the communities in Kenya and from this visit, the idea for this all important project was born! Click here to read the report of the June visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 18:04

New template letter to your UK MP

Saturday 12th April 2014

Dear …..

I am greatly concerned about the practice of “canned” lion hunting in South Africa. It is estimated that 8,000 lions are bred to supply this sordid industry that has seen the export of well over 4,000 “hunting” trophies during the five years 2007-2011.

These lions are captive raised from birth, bottle fed, petted, walked with and then finally shot (often after being drugged) in small enclosures. These lions have no fear of humans, and are shot with rifles, bow-and-arrow, and even pistols. Canned hunting has raised world-wide concern as it is immoral, cruel and unethical.

One very decisive means of putting a stop to this inhumane practice is to prohibit any further imports of lion trophies from South Africa into the European Union.

I would therefore ask you to please support Early Day Motion 1280 by Jeremy Corbin MP to request the issue be debated in Parliament (http://www.parliament.uk/edm/print/2013-14/1280).


Thank you for your interest in this matter,

Sincerely

xxx

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 13:42

Follow up letter to your UK MP

Saturday 12th April 2014

Dear …..

Thank you for your reply to my letter expressing my concern about the practice of “canned” lion hunting in South Africa. It is estimated that 8,000 lions are bred to supply this sordid industry that has seen the export of well over 4,000 “hunting” trophies during the five years 2007-2011.

As I mentioned, these lions are captive raised from birth, bottle fed, petted, walked with and then finally shot (often after being drugged) in small enclosures. These lions have no fear of humans, and are shot with rifles, bow-and-arrow, and even pistols. Canned hunting has raised world-wide concern as it is immoral, cruel and unethical.

One very decisive means of putting a stop to this inhumane practice is to prohibit any further imports of lion trophies from South Africa into the European Union.

I would therefore ask you to please support Early Day Motion 1280 by Jeremy Corbin MP to request the issue be debated in Parliament (http://www.parliament.uk/edm/print/2013-14/1280).


Thank you for your continued interest in this matter,

Sincerely

xxx

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 13:36

Letter from Ed Miliband

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 14:11

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Please click this link to read the message of support delivered by the Hon. Narend Singh MP of the IFP at the Durban Global March for Lions on the 15th March 2014.

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 13:31

Lion marchers! We are being heard!

Thursday 20th March 2014

GML Stop Canned Hunting Now

  • In South Africa, a motion from the Inkhata Freedom Party was passed by the National Assembly to put an end to canned hunting.IFP Motion
  • In South Africa, a local council in Port Elizabeth has decided to remove their subsidies for organizations that could have connections with breeding lions for canned hunting.
  • In Europe, letters written to Members of European Parliament have been met with promises to ban the import of at least South African lion trophies to the EU.

Please keep up the pressure! The Global March for Lions on March 15th was an event heard all over the world. It is estimated that 70,000 of us marched in 62 cities. It was the biggest march ever for any species.


Why? Because we all know the plight of lions has been ignored – we know that there are fewer wild lions left on the planet than elephants, rhinos, polar bears, chimpanzees, orang-utans, lowland gorillas.


Why? Because lions are being captive bred as part of what can only be called the most sordid and cynical industry invented by blood merchants.


Enough is enough.

Keep up the pressure. Keep your letters flowing. Be the change and be proud to say to everyone you know ---“I marched on March 15, I will never stop taking action, join me in making the change”!

 

Template letter to MPs here

 

Template letter to MEPs here

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 21:04

Template letter to send to your MEP

Tuesday 18th March 2014


GML Logo

 

During the Global March Against Canned Lion Hunting in London, we asked all of you to write your MPs and MEPs to give their legislative support to prevent any more lion hunting trophies from ever entering the EU again.

GML LogoPlease take the following template letter to your local MEP as just a suggestion. Please personalize it and make your own points. You marched as individuals, it will be your vote and your voice that is important to them.

Please also note that you must identify your own MP and MEP – only letters from a member of constituency will have their letters read and acted upon. If you have not already done so, please register yourself on your local voter’s rolls.

 

Here is a template for your MEP letter:

 


Dear xxx

As your constituent, I would request your support to bring a Motion to European Parliament banning any further import of lion trophies from South Africa into the EU. Well over 8,000 lions are being bred in captivity to supply the sordid canned hunting trade. Canned hunting entails captive bred lions completely used to humans being placed in a confined area to be shot by paying “hunters” using rifles, bow and arrow, and even pistols.
The lion breeders also derive funds from EU volunteer agencies to supply them with a constant stream of innocent young people believing they are assisting lion conservation paying money to raise lion cubs that they believe will be returned to the wild. In fact they are being raised to be killed for trophies on walls.

For far too long South Africa has been allowed to continue this unethical and immoral practice.

On March 15th, people in 62 cities across the world in 21 countries marched on the streets to protest against canned hunting. In the EU, there were marches in the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and more. This was the biggest demonstration ever to raise awareness for a wildlife issue.

As your constituent I would ask you to please use your voice to speak out. On February 13th, a world summit was organized in London by Prince Charles, The Duke of Cambridge, and David Cameron to put a halt to the illegal trade in wildlife products. Proper conservation of our world wildlife heritage is becoming a more and more important issue politically.

Precedents for this type of action include the EU ban on imports of seal skins from Namibia and Canada as the industry is based on animal cruelty.

Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter,

Yours,
Xxx

 GML Stop Canned Hunting Now

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 20:12

Template letter to send to your MP

Tuesday 18th March 2014

GML Logo

During the Global March Against Canned Lion Hunting in London, we asked all of you to write your MPs and MEPs to give their legislative support to prevent any more lion hunting trophies from ever entering the EU again.

GML Trafalgar SquarePlease take the following template letter to your local MP as just a suggestion. Please personalize it and make your own points. You marched as individuals, it will be your vote and your voice that is important to them.

Please also note that you must identify your own MP – only letters from a member of constituency will have their letters read and acted upon. If you have not already done so, please register yourself on your local voter’s rolls.

 

Here is a template for your local MP letter:

 

Dear xxx

As your constituent, I would request your support to bring a Motion to Parliament banning any further import of lion trophies from South Africa into the UK and the EU. Well over 8,000 lions are being bred in captivity to supply the sordid canned hunting trade. Canned hunting of lions was first revealed by Roger Cook of the award winning Cook Report – it entails captive bred lions completely used to humans being placed in a confined area to be shot by paying “hunters” using rifles, bow and arrow, and even pistols.
The lion breeders also derive funds from UK volunteer agencies to supply them with a constant stream of innocent young people believing they are assisting lion conservation paying money to raise lion cubs that they believe will be returned to the wild. In fact they are being raised to be killed for trophies on walls.

For far too long South Africa has been allowed to continue this unethical and immoral practice.

On March 15th, people in 62 cities across the world in 21 countries marched on the streets to protest against canned hunting. In London alone, well over 1,000 people from all over the UK demonstrated to put an end to canned lion hunting. This was the biggest demonstration ever to raise awareness for a wildlife issue.

As your constituent I would ask you to please use your voice to speak out. On February 13th, a world summit was organized in London by Prince Charles, The Duke of Cambridge, and David Cameron to put a halt to the illegal trade in wildlife products. Proper conservation of our world wildlife heritage is becoming a more and more important issue politically.

Precedents for this type of action include the EU ban on imports of seal skins from Namibia and Canada as the industry is based on animal cruelty.

Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter,

Yours,

Xxx

 

GML Houses of ParliamentGML On Westminster Bridge

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 20:03

 

 If you have followed our news blogs, many of you will know that LionAid is proposing to conduct an innovative predator/livestock damage mitigation project in Kenya.

We are pleased to present to you today this short video which explains a little more about this work and below we will explain why it is so important.

Over 100 lions a year are killed in Kenya as a result of retaliatory killings by rural communities,

Dead lion cubsparticularly in areas where community land adjoins protected areas like National Parks and National Wildlife Reserves.

These communities are now suffering from debilitating losses of their valuable livestock to predation incidents.

Predation incident Look at the photographs in the video above and just imagine how you would feel if you woke up in the morning to find your livestock destroyed and your cattle enclosures trashed. Maybe difficult to imagine? For you and I,this would be like waking up to find our bank accounts plundered overnight - but with little recourse to compensation.

 

Believe it or not, these wildlife retaliatory killings represent the last resort of people who feelAnother predation incident theyhave nowhere else to turn to protect their livelihoods. In Kenya, 70% of wildlife occurs outside protected areas – on community land.

To add to this, the spectre of wildlife crime is now rearing its ugly head. What better recruiting ground for the criminal syndicates who need foot soldiers than disaffected communities?

This vicious circle needs to be broken. Not only to safeguard the community, but also to ensure that healthy populations of wildlife can co-exist with livestock on community land.

Livestock & wildlifeHere the big benefit of such peaceful co-existence comes into play. It paves the way for additional future sustainable employment for the communities themselves from eco-tourism and conservancy ventures.

We need a sustainable scheme that compensates the communities reliably, fully and promptly for any livestock losses to predation whilst, at the same time, ensuring that their livestock enclosures (bomas) are adequately protected.

The scheme highlighted in the video above is the concept of the Maasai communities themselves and has their full support. They will run the scheme themselves

andMaasai Elders will decide the rules of their constitution. Their council of Elders, crucially, will decide case by case if any reported predation incidents are genuine.

Once bomas are adequately protected with flashing lights,experience has shown that predation incidents drop by a margin of at least 70%.

This means that the insurance herd (see video for details) has the potential to breed and provide a profit to the communities. These profits can be distributed back to community members at the discretion of the Council of Elders.

 

We are delighted to say that this scheme has met with the full approval of the Kenya Government

Governor Kajiado provincethrough the County Governor of Kajiado in Kenya( pictured right with LionAid), who has welcomed the interventions we are putting in place “to ensure that …conflict is mitigated in an environmentally sustainable way”.

 

Please DONATE if you can and help us put together this scheme which can be replicated all over Africa – wherever predator/livestock conflict occurs.

 

          

Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 19:19