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IT’S TIME TO END TROPHY HUNTING

Green Future News believes that killing animals for pleasure is cruel, unnecessary, and has no place in a civilised society.

Humans have no right to take the life of an animal for recreation. Animals suffer stress and pain when they are hunted. Killing endangered wildlife for pleasure is helping to push those species even further towards extinction.

Green Future News is supporting the CAMPAIGN TO BAN TROPHY HUNTING.

We call for:

  1. Governments to ban the import and export of hunting trophies, including of ‘canned lions’
  2. An immediate halt to the trade in trophies of vulnerable, threatened or endangered species
  3. Trophy hunting exemptions to be removed from existing international agreements such as CITES
  4. Negotiations to commence on a comprehensive global agreement banning trophy hunting

The claims that trophy hunting supports conservation are unproven at best, and deliberately misleading at worst, as are claims that it is helping to alleviate poverty in rural Africa. Those who say they support conservation and poverty eradication should do this directly, rather than hide behind these as excuses to justify their love of bloodsports.

For more information about the campaign and to subscribe to the newsletter go HERE.  

DON’T SHOOT AFRICA’S LAST ELEPHANTS!

Botswana is the last safe haven for Africa’s elephants. It’s a refuge for ONE THIRD of the species’ remaining population. This is in part thanks to a BAN on trophy hunting since 2014.

Now, though, the country’s President has RE-OPENED the country to trophy hunters who want to shoot elephants for fun.

Contact His Excellency Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, TODAY via:

10 FACTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT ELEPHANTS & TROPHY HUNTING

  1. The population of elephants has plummeted in recent years. There were over 1 million African elephants as recently as the 1970s, and perhaps as many as 5 or even 10 million at the beginning of the 20th century. Ivory poaching and trophy hunting have been among the key contributors to the drop in its numbers.
  2. Botswana is home to around 130,000 elephants – ONE THIRD of the estimated total population of 415,000 African elephants.
  3. Botswana today has TWICE as many elephants as any other African nation.
  4. The elephants’ range has halved in the last 40 years. Less than 20% of its current habitat is in protected areas.
  5. Trophy hunting of elephants was banned in Botswana in 2014 by the country’s then-President Ian Khama because of declining numbers. However Botswana’s Parliament has just passed a motion calling for an urgent lifting of the ban. (Members of Parliament there say that trophy hunting should be allowed in areas that are not designated as game reserves or national parks.)
  6. The country’s new President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who took up office in April of this year, has launched a public consultation about lifting the trophy hunting ban. His Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane, supports the lifting of the ban.
  7. Last November, US President Donald Trump decided to allow elephant trophies to be imported into the US again. Since the year 2000, the US has imported nearly 5,000 elephant trophies. Two out of every 3 trophy hunters is American.
  8. Trophy hunting of elephants is currently allowed in Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Some of these countries have seen dramatic falls in elephant numbers.
  9. In Zimbabwe, populations have collapsed by between 40 and 75% in different parts of the country. The elephant population has fallen by 60% in just 5 years in Tanzania, and has halved in Mozambique. Zambia once had one of Africa’s largest elephant populations as recently as the late 1960s, with numbers estimated at over 200,000. Now though there could be fewer than 10,000 animals remaining.
  10. Claims that trophy hunting could help fund conservation are hotly disputed. The UN World Tourism Organisation says trophy hunting brings in just 1.8 percent of tourism revenue compared to 80% for wildlife watching.

Don’t forget to share the hashtags #dontshootelephants #botswana and #bantrophyhunting on social media!

 

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