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Obama Administration Enacts Protections for Lions

Animals  (tags: lions, african lions, protection, hunters, hunterswildanimals, endangered, environment, animalrights, animals, AnimalWelfare, animalwelfare, protection, wildanimals, wildlife )

- 1122 days ago -
The Obama administrationâEUR(TM)s decision to extend Endangered Species Act protections for two breeds of lions is a turning point for the lions now roaming Africa, advocacy groups say.


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Linda M (1715)
Monday December 21, 2015, 3:47 pm

My virus alert just appeared on the screen... Not good.

Kathleen W (0)
Monday December 21, 2015, 4:13 pm
"Ashe said trophy hunting can and does contribute to the survival of species in the wild as part of a well-managed conservation program." And there it is: the reason I'm not excited.

Below is an example of how seriously FWS takes its duties when it comes to protecting endangered species.


The applicant requests a permit authorizing interstate and foreign commerce, export, and cull of excess Barasingha (Rucervus duvaucelii), Eld's deer (Rucervus eldii), Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx), and Red lechwe (Kobus lechwe) from the captive herd maintained at their facility, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period."

Firstly, how telling is this agency's slip of the tongue when it states: "This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period," rather than "This notification WOULD COVER activities...?"

Secondly, note the specific language: "foreign commerce, export, and cull of excess...from the captive herd maintained at their facility, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species."

One should never naïvely assume that when any conservation efforts are promoted as "enhancement of the survival of the species," that these farmed individuals will ever exist in-situ again. After all, the FWS never said "for the...survival of the species IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT."

As a matter of fact, the FWS supports zoos, marine parks, tourist attractions, "educational" exhibits, etc. Regardless of the various reasons why individual members of any particular government agency are behind industries that exploit wildlife, the intent of the group is always about making money.

The FWS Mission Statement:

"The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

"For the continuing benefit of the American people" means - in my mind - anything goes.

So, needless to say, on September 25, the FWS approved Champion Ranch's five-year permit because: "We found that (1) The application was filed in good faith, (2) The granted permit would not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species, and (3) The granted permit would be consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in section 2 of the ESA."

"The application was filed in good faith?" WTH does THAT mean?

And I guess since these farmed individuals are "excess" (i.e. overbred), they're expendable - and as such, their deaths will have no impact on their threatened cousins. It's really quite disgusting.

Some advertising from the Ranch's website:

"Whether you are a seasoned veteran in search of a record book trophy or a first-time hunter looking to fill the spot over your mantle, Champion Ranch is your destination."

"Your hunt will completely depend on the type of game you are after. We utilize blinds, rangers, jeeps, topdrives, and anything else necessary to get that trophy on your wall!"

Even "the ponds are stocked with catfish and bass."

I won't speak for anyone else, but these all sound like guaranteed kills to me - a component of canned hunts. In other words: regardless of how little or how much room an animal may have to move, his or her fate is preordained the moment their executioner makes that phone call, and places a 50%, nonrefundable deposit on one of the ranch's preset "Hunting Packages."

Furthermore, as we are also animals, we understand all too well the power of psychological barriers - that they are frequently harder to overcome than any physical obstructions. So while captive bred quarry may technically be "fair chased," they have still been conditioned and habituated.

Again: this is indicative of the FWS' casual approvals of permits, not to mention their philosophy, and the kind of activities they not only tolerate, but actually embrace.

Azaima A (207)
Monday December 21, 2015, 4:27 pm
hope it helps

Walter F (129)
Monday December 21, 2015, 4:37 pm
I can't enthrall about this also How can you condone restricted killing and describe the enactment as a move to protect lions ?It's a contradiction in terms

Animae C (508)
Monday December 21, 2015, 5:50 pm
BAN all hunting & more vigilance with poaching!
It's the only way to save them!

Glennis Whitney (393)
Monday December 21, 2015, 8:42 pm
Great news, Hope it works. Thank you for caring and sharing Cal.

Glennis Whitney (393)
Monday December 21, 2015, 8:43 pm
Interesting article. Good on Obama. Thank you for caring and sharing Cal

Angela K (378)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 1:21 am
This sounds initially very good, but unfortunately that will not really help, because it is only a drop on a hot stone ! Until enforced not a COMPLETE BAN on hunting and poaching, wild animals in Africa will have no chance to survive.

SylvieBusy A (191)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 2:55 am
Great news ! Thank you for sharing, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 2:57 am

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 3:14 am
Noted with hope

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 3:17 am
TY Cal.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 4:15 am
Agree. . . needs to be a more complete ban on hunting.

Jim Ven (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 4:20 am
thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 5:53 am
Noted! Thanks Cal!

Winn A (179)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 6:51 am
Thanks - ALL hunting should end NOW.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 10:55 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday December 22, 2015, 3:46 pm
Noted. Very glad to see this. Thank you, Cal.
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