The Worldwide War on Wildlife
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Like mindless cancer cells on a frenzied march to kill their host, some members of the human species are not content merely with raping this planet for personal gain to the point of breaking down all major life-sustaining ecosystems, they must also cause the death of millions of helpless animals to get their twisted kicks. [Rick Jones]
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Beware of animal charity scams!
There are many false animal charities where the animals are receiving as little as 0.5% or less of the charitable donations received and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is one of them.
There is a list of reputable charities in the sidebar to the left.
About 97% of the money given to certain charities never even gets there at all but goes into the pockets of corrupt lawyers. The figures are shocking.
A list of America’s 50 worst charities exposed
The NAVS Good Charities Guide
Each year millions of people receive appeals from charities asking to help their cause.
Unfortunately, many will unwittingly support charities who fund cruel and unnecessary animal experiments.
This could include growing painful cancers on animals’ backs, brain damage research, and blocking animals’ arteries.
It doesn’t have to be that way
You can support medical progress without making animals suffer. The NAVS has conducted a survey of 150 UK charities, and found that those funding animal research are in the minority.
The NAVS Good Charities Guide lists charities according to whether they fund animal experimentation. You can order our compact pocket-sized version which contains key information or view the full guide online.
Click here to download the NAVS Good Charities Guide
Good Charities Guide by category
Good Charities Guide A-Z listing
International Animal Rescue Foundation
There are various charities run by Josef Demetri which look very convincing but are to some extent dubious:
Beware of animal rights charity scams
Speak up for the Voiceless
International Animal Rescue Foundation IARF
International Animal Rescue Foundation on Facebook
FAWS Funding African Wildlife Survival on Facebook
The World Wildlife Fund
Also known Worldwide Fund for Nature, WWF has been actively pressuring government agencies in the US, Europe, and Canada to increase the amount of testing that they require for pesticides and other chemicals. The result of the WWF’s lobbying has been the establishment of what threatens to be the largest animal-testing programs of all time.
And that’s not all. As one would expect of an organization founded by trophy hunters, the WWF does not oppose killing animals for sport.
The WWF believes that culling – read “killing” – elephants and seals is acceptable, supports the slaughter of whales by native tribes, refuses to speak out against steel-jaw leghold traps, and is in favour of laboratory testing.
To find out why PETA says WWF ought to change its name to Wicked Wildlife Fund click here:
Wicked Wildlife Fund
The RSPCA in England do a great deal of wonderful work. Like so many charities, far too much of their money goes to lawyers and most of their money is invested in property.
The RSPCA will sometimes refuse to help in cases where animals are suffering. They are themselves responsible for destroying many homeless pets.
The RSPCA has business associations with some appalling so-called free range producers of which more details here:
Free Range Fraud
Like the RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals known as PETA do a great deal of wonderful work helping animals. They are also responsible for destroying some homeless pets sending out entirely the wrong message to those who think it’s acceptable to hurt and kill animals.
What’s behind PETA’s systematic killing of animals?
A list of local US humane societies, of which many will be kill shelters
Friendly fire on companion animals
“If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it possible, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream.”
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Most people do not know that here are a number of sites on the internet where anyone can buy permits to hunt elephants, lions, rhino, giraffes, zebra and buffalo, leopards, hippos, monkeys, crocodiles, all varieties of sheep and goats, deer, antelope and just about anything that moves.
Rare species and sub-species fetch a bigger price proportionate to their rarity and incredibly hunters are prepared to pay very large sums of money for the chance to shoot rare endangered species, for example a permit to kill a rare antelope such as a mountain nyala for US$170,000.
This sets the scene for the extinction of many species. Hunters are well known to twist the facts for the purposes of propaganda to convince people that what they do is good for conservation, etc. so that they get to control their quarry.
A small child could work out that if the rarer the animal, the more money it is worth – the bigger the price tag on its head – those animals don’t have a chance of surviving. So basically most of the governments in Africa are selling their heritage for hard cash.
Call the killing legal or illegal, it doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the animals who are being killed. It’s all done by human beings for monetary gain and hedonistic pleasure just the same. The money from these so called ‘hunts’ goes in the pocket of unscrupulous businessmen, companies and politicians.
Governments are often unwilling to take a stand and change the laws to protect animals from those who would abuse and exploit them. There are too few people who know what is happening or who are able to do anything to protect the animals due to the monumental extent of the problem and the sheer weight of the numbers of animals involved. So the more people that know what is happening, the better for the animals.
It is estimated there are around 10,000 game ranches in Africa, and many more thousands in the US, with at least 500 in Texas alone, and in other parts of the world including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In what are known as game farms, games ranches, or reserves, parks or sanctuaries, animals are bred expressly for the purpose of being ‘hunted’ in high fenced enclosures, known as canned hunting. Well meaning people, especially young people go to South Africa for what they think is to help the animals paying amounts of around $700 a week to work to help at what is essentially where there are lion cubs, almost always lion farms.
Game farms – or whatever name they go by – are highly detrimental to the environment as they are separated by high wire fencing which is devastating to wildlife and local ecosystems. The balance of nature is disturbed, causing multiple problems and oftentimes various remedies are introduced which cause more problems than they resolve.
It’s like a nightmarish science-fiction story, too horrible to fully comprehend. Practices that can be the direct cause of turning countryside into post-apocalyptic landscapes, not in the distant future, but in just a few years’ time.
Particularly in the USA, with all the crop spraying, GMO modification, wholesale slaughter of bears, wolves, coyote, possums and various other creatures some call ‘varmints’.
In the USA in particular, but also Australia and Canada, ‘hunters’ dress up in camouflage and go out in groups ‘varminting’ and will kill hundreds of animals in one day. In many states, family hunting or killing competitions are held at various times of the year offering a limited number of deer with unlimited coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, raccoons, or red fox, possums, pocket gophers, and all types of small creatures are also killed in large numbers – and sometimes in very large numbers – by just one person or a small group of people.
All this is encouraged by various local systems of awards and trophies, clubs and nationally through more than 80 hunting and outdoors programs.
This is also disastrous to local ecosystems. Research and experience has proved that creatures who are regarded as vermin are essential for healthy ecosystems. Each one has their place.
Please see the video “How Wolves Change Rivers” on this blog.
There are group of people both male and female enthusiastically engaged in a campaign through the media, especially through syndicated TV programs to encourage more people especially women to compete with men as ‘extreme’ hunters and ‘huntresses’. The same groups of people also campaign vigorously to encourage people to teach their children – even very small children of only four or five years old – to hunt and trap animals.
These people can live and breathe hunting, hunting in their spare time and holidays. Many have turned into a full-time occupation, teaching, guiding or accompanying others, not so experienced.
There are of course many companies cashing in on this and making huge amounts of money. The sophisticated camouflage outfits that the hunters just about always wear are very expensive. Many of the people that do this are not short of money and it is obvious that no expense is spared on outfits, equipment and weaponry.
Then there is the so-called dream hunt team, centred for the most part on trophy hunting families, such as the Knowltons and the Shockeys, where several generations, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and small children of four are all hunters. The lifestyle and the outings and events to kill animals are romanticized to seem very attractive and desirable, encouraging people to, say go on a holiday to kill a bear, or to Africa to kill an elephant or a lion, a giraffe, a zebra, a hippo, a monkey, basically anything they desire. An individual or a family may go on a holiday to kill not just one animal, but several.
As in these situations, the hunters almost always want to have a souvenir to remind them of the event, even if it is only a photograph, or the skin and/or other body parts of the animal they kill. Many will pay large amounts of money to have the body of the animal they have killed stuffed. Some have a trophy room to keep these bodies and body parts, along with their guns, so this is sometimes called a gun room and also any awards they have won.
One only has to look at the Safari Club International internet site to see the large numbers of people involved in this. The Safari Club International have a highly competitive awards system with long hitlists of subspecies of animals all over the world which can be viewed on their website.
This article gives an insight into what goes in the world of trophy hunting:
Why trophy hunting must end now
Hunters are known to relish not only souvenirs of their own killings, but also other people’s, living vicariously through the various objects, pictures and stories, reliving the kill.
Trophy rooms are very popular that there is a whole series of books costing from $70 to $120 each, which are basically just pictures of peoples’ trophies rooms.
Many hunters dream of visiting Africa to ‘hunt’ one of ‘the big five’. Lions are favourites, particularly male lions. Almost all the lions in the wild have now been killed either by poachers or by trophy hunters, so that lions are now rarer than jaguars. Farmed lions are especially bred for the purpose of being shot by hunters in an enclosure in a thoroughly despicable practice called ‘canned hunting’ about which there is an article on this blog.
There is a whole cult celebrity world built around trophy hunters, TV companies, promoting the idea of dream hunts.
Corey Knowlton, who recently paid $350,000 for a permit to kill a rhino at a Dallas Safari Club auction, and his wife Amanda Knowlton, along with Jim Shockey, his father Hal, and his wife Lil and children, Branlin and Eva Shockey, are among the ringleaders. Craig Boddington and his wife Donna, Tom Opre and his wife Olivia Nalos Opre, Melissa Bachman, Amanda Lowery, Rebecca Francis and Katey Brandenburg are all involved in the “Extreme Huntress” competitions.
Astonishingly many of the people involved in the hunting industry say that they are Christians.
Nearly a century ago, there were as many as 200,000 lions living in the wild in Africa. The most recent surveys estimate that there are around 25,000 lions living in the wild in Africa today. They have vanished from over 80 percent of their historic range and currently exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia (India).
Lions are already extinct in 27 out of 55 countries in Africa. Only 7 countries: South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and are believed to each contain more than 1,000 lions. In West Africa there are believed to be only 250 lions left in the wild in the whole of the region.
There are thought to be at least 8,000 lions in prison camp conditions in 160 game farms across Africa. Please see another article on this blog for more on the despicable practice of lion farming in canned hunting which causes tremendous suffering. Captive bred lions have a miserable life where lion cubs are taken away from their mother shortly after birth for a life in a prison camp where they are prostituted to tourists for walking and petting until they are a year old when they become fodder for trophy hunters.
The end of canned trophy hunting
The global population of tigers has fallen nearly 97% in the last century so that now there are thought be only 2,500 tigers left in the whole world. Of the 9 sub-species of tiger, 3 are already extinct, and all of the remaining 6 sub-species are now endangered, some critically so.
Tigers are being farmed in China and Vietnam where they are kept in conditions similar to – or in some cases worse than – concentration camps. These tigers have been born into captivity so they have never been taught how to hunt so that they can never be released into the wild. As the tigers are only required for their skin and bone they are starved and horrendous pictures can be seen of this on Google and in this article:
Chinese and Vietnamese Farms where tigers are starved
Of the 280 species of monkeys, nearly half are now threatened with extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) http://cms.iucn.org/.
Primates are also trophy hunted. Each year many thousands lose their homes through deforestation and if they are not killed during the process of deforestation which is common practice, they die from starvation afterwards as the land is stripped bare so that what was a thriving forest is turned into a wasteland.
Nevetherless despite the many thousands of monkeys that die this way each year, the biggest threat to primates is not deforestation but the bushmeat crisis, where many types of animals are killed for food but primates are the meat of choice. Driven by a deadly combination of some greedy and some desperate people, the bushmeat crisis is rapidly spreading to places where it was previously unknown.
The bushmeat crisis
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Slavery is driving apes to extinction
Blowing the lid off the horrific wildlife trafficking in the US
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In 2013, 1004 rhino were poached and May 2014, the number poached for this year is 430. Giraffes are trophy hunted, they too are becoming endangered. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, hippos and zebra are all being trophy hunted as are all types of deer and antelope. This is regarded as legal hunting but it really ought not to be.
We ought not to allow governments, organisations, individual people or companies to breed and sell these types of animals to be killed for somebody’s sick thrills. They have little or no protection by law.
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Letter to Extreme Huntress Melissa Bachman from Ben Trovato
An open letter to Kendall Jones femme fatale of African jungle
Canned hunting in the United States
Sanwild Lion Rescue short article on why canned hunting is wrong
Tourists lured to South Africa to take part in shameful trophy hunts
The horrors of canned lion hunting by Gareth Patterson
Why canned hunting is a threat to our national interests
Canned hunting a violent recreational activity for wealthy bored people
Is canned lion hunting a necessary evil
The horror of canned lion hunting and what you can do to stop it
South African farmers in canned hunting smuggling racket
How American trophy hunters are destroying our wildlife
Tourists contribute to lions’ future extinction with cub petting and walking
Lions in danger of extinction
Lions are now the new endangered species
Lions are critically endangered in West Africa
The Times of India on West African lions critically endangered
American trophy hunters drive African lions closer to extinction
African lions under threat from the American hunters
National Geographic on lions approach extinction in West Africa
BBC News on lions facing extinction in West Africa
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Why killing a lion is the most cowardly thing you can do
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Safari Club International worldwide hunting organisation
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Zambia cancels all trophy hunting licences
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Big game hunting and its contribution to conservation
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Extinct animals in the last 100 years
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