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US bans imports of lion trophies; the majestic cats protected by USFWS Endangered Species Act

Wednesday, December 30th 2015 - 02:47 UTC
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In a move that is likely to put a major dent in South Africa’s canned hunting industry for lions — a practice involving the shooting of these majestic predators in fenced enclosures in a pay-to-slay arrangement— the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it will institute important new measures to protect lions under the Endangered Species Act. Read full article


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  • Troy Tempest

    Well done, USA.

    Now let's hear the Trolls find a reason to criticise.

    Should be anytime now...

    Dec 30th, 2015 - 04:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    Take some prides and resettle them in Florida.

    If you are serious about saving them, then make space for them in your own countries!!

    Dec 30th, 2015 - 05:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    About time.
    Now lets see China & Russia ban Tiger hunting.
    Especially the magnificent Siberian Tigers.

    Dec 31st, 2015 - 10:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    The morons behind this either don't know, or don't care that the exceptionally high license fees paid by hunters to attempt to take game in Africa fund much of the wildlife conservation that goes on there. Legally licensed hunting is restricted to specific numbers of certain species that are not endangered and need to have their numbers held in check to survive in the limited areas available.

    Banning the import of trophies will reduce the number of US hunters going to Africa and the funding for conservation efforts -- and if enough foreign hunters quit coming (and spending large amounts of money), government gamekeepers will have to kill some of these animals anyway (at an expense, rather than a profit) to keep their populations at reasonable levels.

    1 Troy Tempest (#) doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.

    Dec 31st, 2015 - 08:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @4 Bisley,
    What gives you the right to decide how, why & when animals animals are to be killed?
    Nature was at a balance until mankind threw a spanner in the works.
    Are you trying to tell us all that Lions are not endangered?
    All this started over the illegal killing of Cecil the Lion who was lured from a protected area to a killing ground so that this American dentist hero could kill him with a high powered rifle.
    Your reasoning is skewed.
    There was no endangered species until man arrived.
    Of course the animals that make up a Lion's diet will increase when there are fewer Lions(because these “hunters”have killed the Lions).
    Do you have a vested interest in the ”hunting business?
    l would say that you are the moron & l have always found Troy Tempest's posts to be very sensible.

    Dec 31st, 2015 - 09:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    What didI say about Trolls..?

    Thank you.

    May you and the family have a Happy and safe New Year in the Falklands.

    As you should :-)


    Dec 31st, 2015 - 11:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • AM

    The only area with large lion, elephant and Rhino populations is Africa. This is not coincidental, but because African authorities have invested in wildlife management competencies. We cant have countries whose own lion populations are virtually extinct (evidence of their incompetence in managing lions) trying to lecture countries which have demonstrated evidence of competence in wildlife management. Please can America be humble enough to learn wildlife management from Africans?

    Jan 04th, 2016 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    7 “AM”

    Is this “Marcos”??

    There were never lions, rhinos, or elephants in the US

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 01:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    7AM must be on the wrong continent(or slipped into a time warp).
    l think l read somewhere that there were elephants or maybe mastodons in the Americas about half a million years ago.
    Or maybe 7AM has just drifted into the fantasy world where Argentina won the war in 1982 etc etc ad nauseum.

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 08:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @7 “AM”

    Is this “Marcos”??

    There were never lions, rhinos, or elephants in the US

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 10:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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