Category: Hunting

England: I like to ‘shoot’ animals – with a camera, not a gun. Fox Fan, and Proud of It !

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I like to shoot animals – with a camera, not a gun.

Just imagine the benefit to all there could be if the shooting was only allowed through the lens of a camera by the governments of many nations where gun (trophy) hunting is currently the norm of the day. Money for governments; money for endangered species conservation; and above all, nations who wish to show that they still have decent people amongst them.

Here are a few shots I have recently taken of ‘my foxes’ who come to the house each day. What a pleasure to see and welcome them. They are safe !

At the last elections in England, ‘Vinny the Fox’ stood for Parliament.  Sadly he was not elected; but we are sure that he would have put animal welfare even higher up the agenda – and in the UK it is pretty good anyway:

 

Regards Mark

 

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Fox Fan – and proud of it !

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I have seen the blood junkies ‘out for fun’ side of it, and it makes me puke, always has.

Below – The result of a fox hunt that I personally took back in Southern England – the early 90’s.

Don’t let anyone tell you Fox Hunting is a ‘quick bite by the hounds at the back of the neck’.

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What do the blood junkies get out of this ????

 

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Zimbabwe: Trophy Hunter Who’s Killed 5000 Elephants Says It Gives Him ‘A Thrill’

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Trophy Hunter Who’s Killed 5000 Elephants Says It Gives Him ‘A Thrill’

By : Charlie Cocksedge On : 09 Apr 2019 12:45

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https://www.unilad.co.uk/animals/trophy-hunter-whos-killed-5000-elephants-says-it-gives-him-a-thrill/

 

A trophy hunter who claims to have killed more than 5,000 elephants and 50 hippos says he has no regrets, and is ‘10,000 times’ unrepentant.

A new report from the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting revealed the man – Ron Thomson – had shot numerous animals, contributing to the rapidly declining population of elephants in the wild.

As well as elephants, the trophy hunter claims to have killed 800 buffalo, 50-60 lions, 30-40 leopards, and ‘about 50 hippos’, and racked up 25,000 hours of hunting.

Thomson, a father of two, insists his hunting is not motivated by bloodlust, but that he does it to help animal populations survive, believing that if some species are not reduced, their growing numbers would destroy their own habitats.

The hunter also accused conservationists of spreading ‘fraudulent lies’ about wildlife in order to extract money from the public, according to the Independent.

 

Thomson said:

I’ve done enough in my lifetime to satisfy any ‘bloodlust’ people may think I have. It wasn’t bloodlust – it was my job.

I didn’t have any sentiment. I’m totally unrepentant, a hundred – ten thousand – times over for any of the hunting I’ve done because that’s not the problem. The problem is we’ve got a bunch of so-called experts from the West telling us what to do. I’m a trained university ecologist – I must surely know something about this.

I wish I could take you by the shoulders and shake you hard and say ‘don’t assume everything you’ve heard is correct’. The African elephant is nowhere near extinct. People who say this are animal-right-ist NGOs who ask for money and tell lies to get it. When you have a healthy population you must ensure they don’t increase beyond the capacity of their habitat.

In an interview with The Guardian last year, Thomson said it was ‘a great thrill’ to him to kill an animal, and that he enjoyed it.

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According to the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, elephant populations have plummeted since the 1980s, from around 1.3 million to 400,000 today.

Eduardo Gonçalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, said:

The trophy hunting industry is slaughtering elephants left, right and centre.

Killing elephants for ‘fun’ is unacceptable, even more so because of the serious threat to its survival.

Trophy hunting is a cruel and abhorrent hangover from colonial times. The recent surge in
elephant hunting shows the industry is out of control. It threatens to push endangered
species to the point of no return.

As part of the campaign, Michael Palin has written a letter to UK prime minister Theresa May calling for a ban of trophy hunting, saying: ‘Of all the threats to our wildlife, trophy hunting seems to be the least justifiable and the most despicable’.

 

More Links to this:

https://news.sky.com/story/hunter-ron-thomson-totally-unrepentant-about-killing-5-000-elephants-11688494

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8820919/hunter-ron-thomson-killed-5000-elephants-and-60-lions-no-regrets/

 

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/trophy-hunter-ron-thomson-5000-elephants/

 

https://www.ronthomsonshuntingbooks.co.za/

 

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/african-hunter-who-killed-thousands-of-elephants-and-dozens-of-hippos-is-unrepentant/news-story/0fdabfbec900c95d142a3d1169c7d54b

Regards Mark.

UK: Snares – Currently Legal In the UK; But The Vast Majority of Citizens Want Them Banned – Deadly to Wildlife AND Pets.

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SAV Comment – we have added some additional photos in this post which are not directly part of the LACS campaign below – Mark (WAV).

 

Information provided by the (UK) ‘League Against Cruel Sports’ (LACS)

https://www.league.org.uk/snares

 

 

Why it’s time for a ban on snares

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A fox with its front right leg caught in a snare.

What are snares?

A snare is a thin wire noose set to trap animals which some people view as being a pest or threat, usually foxes and rabbits. They are intended to catch the animals around the neck like a lasso.

Many people are surprised that this archaic form of trapping is still allowed, believing it was outlawed decades ago. But it is still legal to use a certain type of snare in the UK.

Injury and death – why snares are so cruel

The modern legal snare is meant to tighten around an animal and hold it quietly until the gamekeeper comes to kill it. But the reality is shocking. In their desperate struggle to escape, animals may be strangled, or may suffer horrible and sometimes life-threatening injuries, or a lingering death.

Even if the snare doesn’t kill the animal, they may still die at the hands of a predator, dehydration or exposure to the elements. The League Against Cruel Sports is doing everything it can to protect animals from snares, as in the UK they are mainly set up by shooting estates to eliminate animals that predate on ‘game’ birds, and therefore this is a subject linked to cruel sports.

How many animals are caught in snares?

Like landmines, snares are indiscriminate, because these wire traps can’t tell the difference between a fox, your family pet or a protected species.

As a result, the amount and diversity of animals that fall victim to these snare traps is immense. Snares capture any animal that happens to step into them. In 2012 a UK government study found that only around a quarter of the animals trapped in snares were the intended targets (normally foxes). The remaining three quarters of the animals caught, severely injured or killed in these vicious nooses included hares, badgers, family cats and dogs, deer and even otters.

Based on the government’s 2012 research, we estimate that snares may be trapping up to 1,700,000 animals every year.

Who uses snares?

These days, snares are set mainly by gamekeepers on commercial shooting estates to stop foxes from catching the ‘game’ birds, It’s ironic that these snares kill so many different animals, just so that the pheasants, partridges and grouse can be protected till they are shot down later for ‘sport’. Snares are seldom used by people to catch their own food.

So many of the UK’s precious wild animals are being wiped out to protect the profits of private shooting interests. We believe that this is absolutely not a valid justification for causing such cruelty and suffering.

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https://www.antisnaring.org.uk/news/snares/badger-died-horrific-snare/ 

 

Are snares legal in the UK?

Yes – we’re completely out of step with most European countries.

Britain is one a few European countries where snares are still used. Most countries in this part of the world recognise that these devices have no place in modern society and, if necessary, they use alternatives.

Here in the UK, it is still legal to set ‘free-running’ neck snares to catch foxes and rabbits. These types of snares are supposed to hold the trapped animal alive until the snare operator returns and kills it. But they can become kinked or rusty – and lethal. The animals’ panicked struggles just exacerbate the potential for terrible injuries and death. Legal snares can also be set in the wrong way or the wrong place, increasing their potential to cause more suffering and catch non-targeted animals. And illegal snares are designed to kill all the animals they catch are still in use.

Why a snaring Code of Practice will never work

The Government believes that snare use can be controlled by a Code of Practice by providing guidelines on their use, including how and where to set them and how to avoid injury to the animals.

But its own research shows that no amount of regulation can reduce the suffering snares inflict – or the number or variety of animals caught in these lethal traps.

In the Government’s own 2012 report into snaring, not a single fox snare operator visited was fully compliant with the Code of Practice that was valid at that time, a full seven years after it was introduced. Furthermore, a study by the shooting industry itself revealed that less than half of the gamekeepers involved had even read the Code. Although there are now new codes of best pactice in Scotland, England and Wales, none of them are likely to prevent non-target animals from being caught, or to eliminate suffering to acceptable levels, even if they are fully complied with. It is simply impossible to enforce regulations for a practice that occurs primarily on private land in remote locations. Claiming snaring can be properly regulated to avoid unnecessary suffering and to address the conservation concerns they create, is a cop-out .

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https://www.freshfields.org.uk/community/freshfields-anti-snaring-campaign/ 

 

How can we change the law on snaring?

The League will continue to campaign for a ban on snares in all the countries of the UK, because, like most of the people in the country, we passionately believe that snares are cruel and cannot be merely regulated. A total ban will make enforcement far easier and should not cause any significant problem as there are many alternatives to snaring.

Most British people want snares banned.

  • 77% of the British public think snares should be illegal (Ipsos MORI, 2014)
  • 68% of MPs also support a ban on snares (Dods poll, 2015)

We believe that as we continue our education programme and more and more people understand what snares really are and the damage they do, these numbers will continue to increase.

In England, MPs debated snaring in the House of Commons in July 2016, and voted for a ban. However, the government ignored the vote and instead have pushed ahead with a new Code of Practice – which was drawn up by the shooting industry, the very people who use snares the most.

We are also working hard to seek bans on snares in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
It is time for a complete ban on the manufacture, importation, sale and use of snares to end the suffering of the huge number of animals caught in them every year.

 

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/692430/More-than-million-animals-year-fall-victim-barbaric-snare-traps

 

How can I help ban snaring?

  • Join one of our supporter groupsto help us raise awareness that snares are still being used
  • Share this page on your social media

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England: Court Case In Progress. Fox cubs ‘fed’ to South Herefordshire Hunting Hounds.

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Fox cubs ‘fed’ to South Herefordshire hunting hounds

A man and a woman have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs at a hunting kennels.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard the cubs were “fed” to hounds belonging to the South Herefordshire Hunt.

Julie Elmore and Paul Reece at Birmingham Magistrates' Court in August 2018

Pictured above –  Julie Elmore, 55, of Brynarw estate near Abergavenny, and Paul Reece, 48, from Itton, in south Wales both admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Three others deny the same charges.

Paul Oliver and Hannah Rose at Birmingham Magistrates' Court in August 2018

Above – Paul Oliver and Hannah Rose

– Opening the case against the hunt’s master of hounds Paul Oliver, kennel maid Hannah Rose and terrierman Nathan Parry, prosecutor Simon Davis said: “The unnecessary suffering involved the killing of fox cubs, effectively feeding the animals… throwing the fox cubs into the kennels of the fox hounds, thereby killing them.”

Nathan Parry at Birmingham Magistrates' Court in August 2018

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The court was told a hidden camera was placed at the kennels by the Hunt Investigation Team after it received information animal welfare legislation had been allegedly breached in May 2016.

Mr Oliver, was caught by the covert camera as he prepared to feed live fox cubs to the dogs, the court heard.

Mr Davis alleged the camera provided “significant” evidence against Mr Oliver, including footage which he claimed showed him lifting fox cubs out of a cage and entering the kennels.

Mr Parry, 40, also of Brynarw estate, denies four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Mr Oliver, 40, and Ms Rose, 30, both of Sutton Crosses, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, also deny four counts of animal cruelty.

Sara-Lise Howe, acting for Ms Rose, said: “She was not involved and did not cause the death of the foxes.

“She simply didn’t know about it.”

Clive Rees, representing Mr Oliver, submitted there was no evidence whatsoever to show he killed two of the foxes which are the subject of the charges.

Mr Oliver claimed to have used an axe to kill foxes and denied throwing the animals to the hounds.

Elmore and Reece, will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial continues.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48461509

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The court was told a hidden camera was placed at the kennels (above) by the Hunt Investigation Team after it received information animal welfare legislation had been allegedly breached in May 2016.

 

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Botswana: the elephant murder begins again

 

Botswana has about 130,000 elephants, the largest population in the world, and   Botswana is described as its last sanctuary in Africa.

 

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Horrible! Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting and commissions a Hollywood PR company to fight negative headlines 😡

While in other African countries elephants are almost extinct for their ivory and trophy hunting, Botswana has been called the paradise for elephants.
Botswana banned elephant hunting.
Although the EU and regional neighbors called for the lifting of the hunting ban imposed in 2014, Botswana remained firm.
Botswana is determined to continue fighting against trophy hunting, captive breeding, and ivory trade, according to the answer.
Botswana gained a notorious fame when Juan Carlos, who was WWF Honorary President and King of Spain at the time, broke his hip while hunting elephants.

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It had long been expected that Botswana would not stand up to pressure, and now the time has come: the government is rescinding the ban.

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The German Hunting Association welcomes the decision and the government of Botswana has even hired a Hollywood public relations firm to stop the negative reaction to its decision to continue trophy hunting.
The company will receive $ 125,000 over the next two months. The company’s clients include actress Meryl Streep, who has decided against selling and importing ivory.

It was not until March 2019 that Zimbabwe made terrible headlines! Again 30 elephant babies were sold to China.
Zimbabwe continues to sell its elephants to China.
They are torturously captured and airlifted to China by plane.

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How can one state as a reason, one would have too many elephants, as now also in the Botswana the case, although the KAZA national park, a world-wide largest zone for nature protection and ecotourism seven years ago with 50 million euro German financing would have to provide sufficient space ?

KAZA, which was founded with German development aid in cooperation with the WWF, was signed by Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But as it turned out, this park apparently only exists on paper.
What were 50 million euros paid for?
This “paper park” was supposedly built to protect elephants.

Elefanten8As said, the Botswana government has engaged a PR firm with close ties to Hollywood to fight back against the bad publicity triggered by the South African nation’s decision to lift the ban on elephant hunt, according to daytondailynews.com on 24 May 2019.

42 West, a company primarily known for its work with celebrities and the film industry, told the US Department of Justice last week that it will work with the Tourism Ministry of Botswana.
This emerges from a submission under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

This puts 42 West in an uncomfortable situation.
Big game hunting is a highly controversial issue, especially in Hollywood, and numerous prominent activists have opposed killing the world’s largest land mammal for sport, including some calls for a tourism boycott against Botswana.

Botswana’s hunting ban was imposed by a former president, Ian Khama, an outspoken conservationist.
However, current President Mokgweeti Masisi has called for the nation to be reopened for hunting, and the decision to lift the ban is set to face general elections in October 2019.

What did the government say?

Botswana has lifted the prohibition on elephant hunting and explains this with growing conflicts between humans and animals, which sometimes destroy the crop.

President Masisi set up a committee last June to review the ban imposed by his predecessor in 2014. In February, the committee recommended allowing the hunt again.

“The number and levels of conflicts between humans and elephants and the resulting impact on livelihoods increased,” said the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Tourism in a statement.

“Predators have increased and cause much damage by killing large numbers of livestock,” it continues, “and finally,” they would ensure that the “reintroduction of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner.” (!!!)

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Botswana 23. Mai, The President has spoken: Let’s offer @TheEllenShow and all the other RACISTS who are peddling lies about our country & our #elephants, to send us their delivery address! We are ready to deliver.. #HumanLivesMatterToo #HandsOffBotswana

What is the background?

Most of the country’s elephants live in the country’s northern region, roaming across borders into Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The latest survey of wildlife suggests their numbers are not increasing as many rural people suspect, and conservationists are likely to say the decision aims to boost the president’s popularity among rural voters ahead of elections in October.

There are some 415,000 elephants in Africa, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the population having been decimated largely due to poaching for ivory.

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International campaigns to ban all ivory sales as a way to prevent illegal poaching have gained huge momentum, but there is disagreement over how to manage large, destructive elephant populations encroaching on human settlements.

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My comment: Botswana is known as a destination for luxury safaris. That’s why the German Hunting Association has rubbed its hands, out of sheer joy for the regained freedom to murder elephants in Botswana.

The Botswana Department of the Environment asserted in a statement that the hunt would be in accordance with all wildlife laws and regulations. And I read today that there is already head money for every shot elephant!!

On the other hand, the organization Pro Wildlife suspects political reasons behind the decision. Botswana’s new president wants to win votes in rural areas in the new elections in October.
And so the victims are again the culprits.  For how else can one justify the imminent elephant murder if elephants are not portrayed as perpetrators?

After all, the corrupt government of Botswana has spent a lot of money on the PR company 42 West from Hollywood so that they can properly sell the planned massacre to the public.

But to assert that the hunt for life beings happens in this case because the elephants are overwhelmed, and because murder is the only useful option, I find this an insult to human ingenuity!

My best regards, Venus

Mark sent me this petition a few minutes ago: I did not know that. Please sign and share it.  https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-reject-plan-to-allow-trophy-hunting-of-botswanas-elephants/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

We will not send our “delivery address” to the corrupt President Massisi. But we, the “racists” will raise our voices all over the world, and we all will fight to prevent the new massacre of these sensitive animals. And if he still does not get it, then we will call for a tourism boycott. We don`t need a PR company for that!

SIGN: Save Botswana’s Elephants from Cruel Trophy Hunters

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Malaysia: Twisted poachers laugh as they show off corpse of rare clouded leopard.

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Twisted poachers laugh as they show off corpse of rare clouded leopard

WARNING – DISTRESSING IMAGES The group of men – all seen smiling – were posing with the dead animal in Tampin, Malaysia

Reports suggest these men were from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.  Other men in blue suits can be seen in the background.

 

 

Read the full article at:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/twisted-poachers-laugh-show-corpse-16153863?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

Zambia: Sick slaughter of 2,000 hippos as Zambia accused of cashing in on cull. Trophy Hunters ?

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Sick slaughter of 2,000 hippos as Zambia accused of cashing in on cull

EXCLUSIVE Locals say the hippo population in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is under threat with claims government ‘cull’ is actually a trophy hunting package deal money-spinner

Read the full article from a UK newspaper at:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/river-runs-red-bloodthirsty-trophy-16163202