Hunter killed during canned lion hunting


This video says about itself:

Dead Lion Walking: Canned Hunting in South Africa

15 May 2015

‘Dead Lion Walking’ highlights the extent of the cruel canned hunting industry in South Africa, where there are around 6000 captive lions in 200 breeding facilities. Featuring exclusive footage of these “hunts” and interviews with experts on the industry, the video shows why the public should say no to this horrendous practice and exposes the massive welfare concerns and cruelty within the lion breeding industry in South Africa.

From Yahoo! News today:

Trophy hunter is killed by stray bullet while stalking lions in Africa

A Croatian trophy hunter who boasted that he had shot ‘everything that could be hunted in Europe’ has died while hunting lions in South Africa.

Pero Jelinic, 75, was hit by a stray bullet during the hunt at a remote farm, where he had already killed one lion and was stalking another.

Jelinic was hunting at a remote farm where
lions are raised in captivity purely to be hunted.

Police say they do not know who fired the fatal shot.

Probably a hunter who does not know the difference between a fellow hunter and a lion; like Dick Cheney in the USA does not know the difference between a fellow hunter and a quail. Like another hunter does not know the difference between a hare and a female cyclist.

… His office, a hunting hall, was full of trophies, deer and bear specimens and everything that could be hunted in Croatia and Europe.

British Conservative politicians killing pheasants, partridges, foxes


This is a grey partridge video from Germany.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Tory MPs went on a shooting spree for free

Tuesday 16th May 2017

The toffs’ party gun-nuts grab ‘repulsive’ jolly

FIVE Tories accepted an £4,000 expenses-paid jolly shooting partridges and pheasants, the Morning Star can reveal today.

Tory MPs Sir Gerald Howarth, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Graham Brady, Karl McCartney and Bill Wiggin spent a day at the Catton Hall estate in Derbyshire last December.

Catton Hall’s website describes a “glorious private estate, owned by the same family for over 600 years.” It says: “Mixed days of pheasant and partridge” shooting are arranged between November and January each year.

The trip was worth £826.73 per person, according to Parliament’s register of interests.

It was paid for by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), which says it aims to promote a “strong and unified voice for shooting.” It also lists “all-party backing for shooting” and “continued opportunity to go shooting” among its “key aims.”

Yesterday the group defended the expense as “part of BASC’s role in informing politicians of all parties about game shooting.”

But it was only Tories who took up the offer, according to the register.

Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett told the Star: “It’s clear that animals are sentient beings, as we are. To turn killing animals into a sport, especially as a free jolly, I think is something that the majority of British people will find repulsive.

“It’s no surprise that Theresa May described the Conservatives as the nasty party.”

Four of the MPs noted in the register that they stayed at the Hoar Cross Hall spa hotel, described as a “Grade II-listed stately home retreat.” Accommodation costs for all five Tories were also covered.

The BASC has also campaigned against banning lead shot. And the Tory government ignored an official report last year recommending the ban on health and environmental grounds.

The Lead Ammunition Group, which carried out the report, found there were at least 10,000 children living at risk of ingesting “sufficient game shot” to cause neuro-developmental harm and illnesses.

Cotswolds Tory candidate Mr Clifton-Brown, who chairs the all-party group on shooting and conservation, has been a leading opponent of the ban.

“The impact would be significant on the current contribution that the shooting community makes to the UK economy and conservation management,” he said in the Commons in 2015.

The Conservative Party did not respond to a request for comment.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Theresa May has defended her support for fox hunting, arguing that foxes must be killed and that hunting them with dogs on horseback is the most humane way of doing so.

The Prime Minister said she had “always supported fox hunting” and that she would give Parliament a vote on bringing back the animal killings.

The only fox which ‘must be killed’ is Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News.

Hunt with Trump’s elephant-killing sons for $1,000,000


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump’s Kids Will Hunt With You, For A Million Dollars…

20 December 2016

How much would you pay to hunt with Trump’s kids? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“If the Trump family’s grifting did not cheapen America’s highest political office and signal to the world that our soon-to-be-first family views the nation’s wealth as a bountiful harvest for a kleptocratic regime, one would almost have to admire its shamelessness.

The latest example of the Trumps’ likely intent to profit from their patriarch’s administration comes to us via TMZ. The gossip site recently got its hands on an invitation to a fundraiser, called the “Opening Day Event,” set for the day after the upcoming inauguration and aimed at the hunting, shooting and fishing communities that supported Donald Trump’s presidential run. The fundraiser’s proceeds will go towards “conservation charities.”

If those Trump charities are as charitable as Tony Blair’s ‘charity’, then they will be mainly charitable for the Trump dynasty themselves.

And hoo boy, are the Trumps asking people to pony up. There are several levels of charitable giving for donors. The top one, called the “Bald Eagle,” promises a multiday hunting and fishing expedition for four guests with Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric, among other goodies, in exchange for a cool $1 million donation.

Or for a measly $500,000, a “Grizzly Bear” donor can score a multiday hunting and fishing expedition with the Trump brothers, but for only two guests. Other donors can score access to a VIP lounge at the event and an “Outfitter’s Pro Package with commemorative custom details,” whatever that is.”

Read more here.

$1,000,000 for killing animals with Donald Trump’s sons might be a ‘good’ investment for millionaire owners of polluting or otherwise illegal businesses. While you are not busy shooting, you might ask Donald Trump Jr. and Eric to ask their presidential father to get favours worth far more than $1,000,000.

This video is about Donald Trump Jr., elephant killer.

Donald Trump Jr. is helping spearhead the fight to make gun silencers easier to buy.

Inaugurations Are Ethically Problematic. Trump Is Just Taking It Much Further. For $250,000, you can have an “intimate policy discussion” with a cabinet appointee. 12/21/2016 12:51 pm ET: here.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street surge that began the day after Donald Trump’s November 8 election victory continued, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite index hitting new record highs. The Dow, which gained 91 points and closed just 26 points below the 20,000 plateau, has added 1,641 points since Election Day, an increase of 8.95 percent over that period. On an annualized basis, this is a growth rate of 78 percent: here.

Several press accounts this week detail president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to retain a private security staff upon occupying the White House, in addition to the United States Secret Service. Trump, who has already retained his private security details beyond the usual timeframe—most presidential candidates turn security work over to the Secret Service as soon as the opportunity is available—will be the first chief executive in American history to carry privately employed security staff into his presidency: here.

‘Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr’ offer criticised as ‘ethics atrocity’. Trump Towers project in India lures investors with chance of meeting US president’s son: here.

TRUMP FAMILY TO BUILD ‘DYNASTY’ TO LAST ‘DECADES’ Trump’s campaign manager predicted the president and his family will become “a dynasty that will last for decades,” transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values. [AP]

Pakistani province stops Qatari princes killing endangered birds


This video is called MacQueen’s Bustard on a mating dance.

Note: the article below here mentions “houbara bustards“. Meanwhile, biologists consider the MacQueen’s bustards of Pakistan and elsewhere in Asia, as a species, separate from the African houbara bustard.

From Dawn daily in Pakistan today:

KP refuses to let Qatari princes hunt houbaras

Ali Akbar — Updated 23 minutes ago

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday rejected the request of the federal government to allow Qatari princes to hunt the houbara bustard in the province.

MPA Ishtiaq Urmar, an advisor to CM Pervaiz Khattak for Environment, Forests and Wildlife, told DawnNews he had received a letter from the interior ministry seeking permission for Qatari princes to hunt the protected bird which was refused.

The federal government’s request was refused as the houbara bustard is a rare and protected bird, Urmar said.

“Following the 18th Amendment, provinces are sovereign in taking such decisions,” Urmar said, adding that “strict action will be taken against those found hunting rare animals and birds.”

The houbara bustard is not only protected under various international conventions and agreements signed by Pakistan but its hunting is also banned under the local wildlife protection laws.

Sources earlier told Dawn newspaper that while the other three provinces — Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan — allowed Arabs with permits to hunt the houbara bustards, KP did not. They added that a while ago, a Qatari who had been hunting in the province had been caught and fined.

Bigger-brained birds have less chance of being shot


This video says about itself:

Raptor migration over Skagen, N Jutland, Denmark in May, 2016. Featured species are (among others) hobby (Falco subbuteo), rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus), peregrine (Falco peregrinus), and osprey (Pandion haliaetus).

From Biology Letters:

Brain size and the risk of getting shot

Anders Pape Møller, Johannes Erritzøe

Published 2 November 2016

Abstract

Hunting kills hundreds of millions of animals annually, potentially constituting an important selection pressure on hunted species. We hypothesized that hunted individuals differing from survivors by having better ability to distinguish between dangerous humans and other human beings would be at a selective advantage.

We tested whether shot individual birds had smaller brains than survivors, under the assumption that individuals with larger brains had superior escape ability. We used a large database on birds from Denmark to test whether getting shot was predicted by brain mass, while controlling statistically for the potentially confounding effects of age, sex, body mass and body condition.

Analyses based on all species, or only species that were hunted, while controlling for differences in sampling effort in random effects models, showed consistently that shot individuals had smaller brains than survivors.

English demonstration against flood-causing grouse killing


This video from England says about itself:

Ban the burn, 12th August 2012

Dongria Kondh talks about the issues of draining and burning blanket bog, in particular at Walshaw Dean Estate, above Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Tuesday 9th August 2016

PROTESTERS will hold a mass demonstration against burning moorland for grouse shooting this week, which they blame for causing severe floods in the north.

The Ban the Burn rally will be held in the Yorkshire Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley on Friday, the so-called “Glorious 12th” — the start of the grouse-shooting season.

Ban the Burn was formed following devastating floods in the region in 2012.

Moorland above the valley is regularly burned to make the land more suitable for profitable grouse shoots.

The deliberate burning has been condemned as a contributory factor to floods which have devastated parts of the north in recent years.

The process destroys plant life — particularly sphagnum moss — which is highly retentive of water. With moss destroyed, in storms and periods of prolonged high rainfall, water runs straight off the moor, contributing to flooding.

The owners of the moorland — Walshaw Moor — above Hebden Bridge are paid £2.5 million in subsidies by taxpayers for their “stewardship” of the moor.

A spokeswoman for Ban the Burn said: “It is widely accepted that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor blanket bogs for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to three severe floods in Hebden Bridge over the last four years and downstream in the Calder Valley.

“Some households and businesses have still not recovered from the terrible Boxing Day flood last year, when the town centre was under up to five feet of filthy water.”

A NEW scientific study claims to have proved that burning moorland for grouse-breeding contributes to floods which have devastated northern England writes Peter Lazenby: here.

Mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands have declined to less than one per cent of their initial levels, according to a newly published long-term scientific study. Counts of mountain hares from six decades of consistent spring counts on moorland managed for red grouse shooting and on neighbouring mountain land were analysed in the research by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the RSPB: here.

‘Fallow deer killed illegally’


This video says about itself:

Fallow Deer Rut – The Bucks are Back in Town!

8 October 2013

Simon King watches the bucks strut their stuff in the New Forest in southern England, chasing the does and scrapping with their foes!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘Licence to shoot fallow deer in Zeeland was illegal’

Today, 13:17

Zeeland province should not have given permission for shooting fallow deer in two of Zeeland’s nature reserves. This the court decided today, writes regional broadcaster Omroep Zeeland.

According to the court of Zeeland and West-Brabant, the province has not proved that in the nature reserves Manteling Walcheren and Kop van Schouwen there actually are problems for the welfare of the animals in large populations. For other arguments of the provincial authorities there was insufficient evidence, according to the court.

Protected species

Fallow deer are a protected species. In principle, they should not be hunted. Provinces are allowed to grant exemptions for hunting, but that may only happen under certain conditions.

Dutch government restricts trophy hunting


This 2015 video from the USA is called 10 Cecil the Lion and Trophy Hunting Facts.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Hunters are further restricted from bringing their trophies to the Netherlands. The government extends the ban with a large number of species, among them the white rhino, elephant, cheetah, hippo, polar bear and lion. In total, there are 200 species on the list.

The issue of trophy hunting became topical last year when an American [cosmetic] dentist shot dead Zimbabwe’s popular lion Cecil and placed a photograph of the dead animal on the Internet. Internationally people reacted with outrage and calls to ban the so-called trophy hunting swelled. …

A total of 27 applications were made [in the Netherlands] between 2012 and 2015 to bring a trophy to the Netherlands. They were lions, bears, elephants, panthers, goats, monkeys, wolves and lynxes. Seventeen applications were rejected, the ministry reported.

Rock partridge hunting ban in Montenegro


This video is called Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca) – birding in Slovenia 2014.

From BirdLife:

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

By Shaun Hurrell, Jelena Delić, Wed, 03/02/2016 – 10:00

Thanks to increasing pressure and a campaign from the Centre for the Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP, BirdLife Partner) and the Montenegrin Customs Authority, a three-year moratorium has been issued against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge in Montenegro.

This is a great turnaround, from a country where the last official hunting quota was more than the actual number of Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca present in the country…

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued the ban as a result of constant media pressure exposing detailed information about the confiscation of birds at Montenegrin borders.

One high-profile case that tipped the balance detailed an Italian hunter who had 20 Rock Partridge (classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List) and a Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola confiscated at Customs in the Port of Bar in December 2015.

Montenegrin Law requires hunting organisations to issue permits to foreign ‘hunting tourists’ allowing them to hunt in specific areas. However, the permit does not allow the transfer of killed animals across the border; this requires a special permit.

Regulation of issuing these permits in Montenegro is weak: interagency cooperation is inefficient and political will to control the hunters, a powerful voting lobby, is lacking. As a result, foreigners do not have the necessary permits to hunt in Montenegro, nor do they comply with regulations for border crossing, and illegal killing occurs frequently.

In February 2015 for example an Italian hunter tried to smuggle 52 Eurasian Woodcocks (a favourite for foreign hunters) across the border: the dead birds were confiscated but no one was punished – so CZIP reacted.

Were it not for their hard work and persistence that led to this latest success, CZIP staff could be banging their heads against the wall – even if birds were hunted lawfully. Prior to the moratorium, Rock Partridge could legally be hunted in Montenegro between October and December. Although the country itself provides an ideal habitat for the species, the species’ population is small (estimated at only 1200 pairs nationally) and frequent summer fires have caused significant habitat degradation. Yet despite this, official hunting quotas allowed for the killing of more individuals than actually existed.

“It’s crazy,” says Darko Saveljic, Ornithologist, CZIP. “Hunting groups submit reports that exaggerate numbers so they can raise the quotas. Providing accurate data is just one other reason why our team has to work so hard!”

In 2015, CZIP filed charges against tourist agencies offering hunting trips in Montenegro, focusing particularly on Ulcinj Salina Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) – a  wetland of great importance internationally for migratory waterbirds and in the process of being designated a protected area. Despite strong evidence, this and other criminal charges were rejected by the prosecution and never reached the courts.

But this latest ban success is one that is slowly becoming a trend in Montenegro.

Media attention and negative comments about hunters on social networking sites are helping change public opinion on illegal killing, even in a country with such longstanding hunting traditions.

Years of filing criminal charges, publishing press releases, holding round-table discussions with hunters and collaboration with the Customs Authority eventually are paying off and are backed by ministerial decisions. CZIP’s request that offenders should face the due processes and consequences of the law was answered after only two days, when the Minister fined the Hunting Association of Piva €1400.

This was a historical first for Montenegro – despite being constitutionally proclaimed as an ‘Ecological State’ over twenty years ago. Moreover, the president of the Association was personally fined for negligence in regulating its activities.

Some hunting associations are already on board with CZIP though. In the coastal area of Tivat, one group have self-banned the hunting of Rock Partridge in response to friendly discussions with the CZIP team, supported by the presentation of scientific evidence showing the hunters what was required for the species to recover.

Working together to break the hunting and smuggling chain

For some years, the Customs Unit at Port of Bar has shown interest in preventing the illegal trade of animals. To date, they have confiscated hundreds of smuggled birds from offenders but without the follow-up success of punishment.

CZIP organised training to help the customs police recognise species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – thus forging strong relationship.

“The Customs Unit at the Port of Bar is the only official authority fighting the smuggling of killed birds in Montenegro,” said Darko. “Without their efforts, CZIP’s achievements in this area would be much diminished.”

Continuing the fight against illegal hunting in Montenegro

CZIP’s fight for nature conservation in Montenegro does not stop here: they have proposed amendments to the law that concerns hunting seasons. With scientifically-established evidence on threatened and overhunted species, shorter hunting seasons are recommended for a number of species: Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca; Common coot Fulica atra; Common Pochard Aythya ferina; and Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur.

Only ten days after the controversial case that led to this moratorium, another confiscation happened when an Italian hunter tried to smuggle 12 Eurasian Woodcocks. Naturally, CZIP made this information public: now all eyes are on the Ministry’s reaction and resolve to combat illegal killing and to force hunting associations to act according to the law.

“Hopefully, through the joint efforts of the Customs Authority and the Ministry, we will reduce the practice of illegal killing by our neighbours from across the sea,” said Darko.

CZIP is also working to promote Ulcinj Salina as an ecotourism destination and recently saved it from developers.

Grouse killing worsens British flooding


This is a red grouse video.

The flooding disasters in Britain have various causes. Contrary to what right-wing politicians say, gay people are not one of them. Contrary to what right-wing politicians say, refugees are not one of them (quite the contrary).

Now, on to one of the real causes.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Grouse shooting ‘making flood wreckage worse’

Saturday 16th January 2016

GROUSE shooting is contributing to the flooding which has devastated dozens of communities across Britain, the Green Party warned yesterday.

Landowners’ cultivation of moorland to suit grouse breeding — instead of managing it to prevent flooding — allows water to pour off moorlands instead of being absorbed.

Green leader Natalie Bennett reiterated a call for a ban on the “sport” after visiting flood-hit communities in Yorkshire.

“Management of moors for intensive shooting is simply incompatible with 21st-century needs — which is why the Green Party is backing the call to ban driven grouse shooting in the UK,” she said.

She said 30,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban.

Landowners regularly set fire to moorlands to create new growth compatible with grouse breeding.

The burning destroys a water-holding moss known as sphagnum.

As reported in the Morning Star, in August 2012 campaigners in the Yorkshire Pennine town of Hebden Bridge launched a “Ban the Burn” campaign and marched to Walshaw Moor above the town.

The town was flooded in June and July 2012, and suffered its worst-ever floods three weeks ago.

Campaigners say that not only do landowners benefit financially from grouse shooting, they also receive millions of pounds in government grants to “manage” the moorland.

In 2012 the owners of Walshaw Moor were granted £2.5m over 10 years by government-backed Natural England for “environmental stewardship” of its land.

Walshaw Moor has been regularly burned by its owners to create good breeding conditions for grouse shooting.

UK’s floods are the responsibility of the super-rich: here.