Check out Channel 4's reporting of the Black Mambas
There are more groups out there who are putting an end to poaching. South African all female anti-poaching group Black Mambas trains women to be anti-poaching rangers. Amazing work they're doing. Founded in 2013, this anti Poaching unit works to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve and has since expanded to cover the entire Balule area, 400km².
Check out Channel 4's reporting of the Black Mambas
May from our community shared this picture with us. Dying elephant tusk pink so the ivory is rendered unsellable. Share what you think of this idea.
Watch this brave ranger confronted this heavily armed poacher LIKE A BOSS (Left), Watch Cecil's cousins in action (Middle). Check out how drones are saving elephants (right)
(Telegraph, Daily Mail & CNN) Oxford University research group Wildcru is under scrutiny for its discreet affiliation with hunting group. Daily Mail and Telegraph has reported on the founder of WildCRU admitting to allowing the organization to accepting donations from these groups and defended taking their donations. These groups included the Dallas Safari Club and pro hunting conservation group Panthera (Whose founder was active in the mining and oil & gas industry).
The presence of these groups surely are complicating the matters of the stage against poaching as these groups are not illegally killing animals but are killing them legally through paying a large sum of money to support conservation projects. Similar to cap and trade and the pollution Kyoto protocol where those with money can 'buy' you the rights to kill, these groups operate in the light and are pro conservation but are also pro hunting.
An investigation into Dallas Safari Club has shown that they are currently calling for DELTA, American Airlines and Air Canada to REVERSE the BAN on the transport of animal trophies which we have worked hard to achieve! The group is criticized for other controversial stunts like hosting a $350,000 Rhino hunt and an elephant shoot which they recently cancelled.
The affiliation of both of those group are going to cause WildCRU some turbulance especially after it had collected £500,000 in donations from Cecil lovers world wide, many of which are 100% against the killing of ANY animals. The founder of WildCRU, Professor David Macdonald, defended his stance claiming that there was no conflict of interest between its work and sources of funding. But the question is with groups like Dallas Safari Club that can pull out a third of a million from one auction, it would not be a surprise if they have deep roots in the WildCRU organization that we are not aware of.
We cannot don't blame WildCRU too much for accepting affiliation with these organizations as university groups are often strapped for funding and often accepted donations from its alumni in different fields including oil and gas, weapons and tobacco industry (through shell companies). Though it is fair game for us to place some degree of expectations for a world class university like Oxford to lead the way to ethical fundraising. My question is why didnt they disclose it right from the beginning. But it was RIGHT AFTER collecting all the money then they come out of the closet.
The revelation of groups like Panthera and Dallas Safari Club opens up a new can of worms: 'Sustainable' pro-hunting groups. These are groups owned by wealthy millionaires who pay hundreds of thousands to enjoy their activity of TROPHY HUNTING. They claim they are fine tuning the ecosystem by taking out invasive species and still keep a collection at home. These guys aren't fully the dark side but they're not fully pro-animals. It is important for donors to conduct sufficient research before jumping directly to a cause that others are tossing around.
Share with us in the comments below what you think of all these? Can WildCRU be trusted? Can these sustainable pro-hunting groups be allowed?
Our team at www.OurCecil.com will be investigating deeper into this issue as the WildCRU scandal unfolds.
Watch this brave ranger confronted this heavily armed poacher LIKE A BOSS (Left), This badass lion will scare the Sh!t out of you (middle), Watch Cecil's cousins in action (Right)
The discovery of Dallas Safari Club's involvement with Oxford's WildCRU has brought the world to become aware of the term "Sustainable Trophy Hunting". A thorough search of the DSC has revealed that the DSC is similar to a safari club but they also have a conservation branch some would argue as a PR ploy to not look as bad. The history of the conservation branch has shown to be a bit more than a PR ploy but has supported different movement and organizations as well as the hunting branch's stance against illegal poaching puts this organization and its members in a whole different category of Safari Clubs where they are not fully pro hunting but at the same time not fully pro animals.
What is Sustainable Trophy Hunting (STH)?
The concept of STH allows trophy hunting but at limits it to a sustainable level where animals are given the time to recover and ensure the species are available for future generations. STH governs this through a market system similar to cap and trade or the Kyoto Protocol where the right to pollute the earth has a price tag. STH puts a price tag to each animal on this planet and hunters are sold licenses to hunt them based on the rarity of the species.
Just like cap and trade, countries wanting to emit more pollution may buy carbon credits to fund international development projects in countries that are reducing pollution on behalf of the purchasing nation, hunters wanting to own trophies of a more endangered species may pay more to hunt them. A rather capitalistic way to an environmental problem.
STH also claims that there are times where it is ok to kill certain predator species that are a threat to the ecosystem, it also allows individuals to go against the balance if they have enough money to buy their way through. Knowing that the need to hunt and the need to collect will always be present as it was a part of human culture, STH seeks to make a lot of money from this to develop communities and support programs.
Is Trophy Hunting every sustainable?
Know how it works, let's discuss about whether it is sustainable.
Ecologically yes but morally... no. From an ecological level, there are times where human intervention has prevented certain invasive species from becoming out of control. But when it comes to meaningless killing for fun, hunting makes little sense and provides little benefit to the ecosystem and developing communities.
Whose say is it that humans are more superior to animals and can 'sell' species off to collectors for money that usually benefits other humans not animals. There are also other issues with STH including the involvement of the underground world. By putting a price tag on each species, there are more incentives for poachers and gangs to bypass the legal the system and kill the world's most endangered species for ultrawealthy buyers who have a big ego and think nothing can stop him. Is it morally right to say that every animal can be killed for a price? What if that standard is applied to humans? Would you feel at ease?
Share your thoughts below
Watch Cecil's cousins in action (left). Video of ex-sniper from Austrailia turned animal guardian invited to address a theatre of audience at TEDx talks (Right).
Here's a dark infographic of how the illegal ivory trade is conducted. If we want to put an end to this black market, we need to stop them at every step of the way!
Empire state building lit up today with videos and images of extinct animals from tigers to lizards and whales. Check out the video of this never before seen showcase of support for wildlife.
Projecting Change: the Empire State Building is produced by the Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura Digital, in collaboration with Discovery Channel, Vulcan Productions, Photo Ark, the Li Ka-Shing Foundation and Empire State Building Trust.
PROTRAK takes in the best and toughest men and train them to be the navy seals of park rangers in South Africa. Parks call upon them for their military tactics when poaching becomes a problem. If Jericho and Cecil's cubs are in trouble, these guys will be there for them.
Watch these antipoachers in action
PROTRAK aren't the only anti poaching militias out there. We are currently endorsing International Anti Poaching Foundation, an organization founded by Ex Sniper turned Anti-Poaching Crusader, Damien Mander to set up training academies to train out rangers and introduce UAV technologies to track down and locate poachers dead in their tracks. Support them by getting a Cecil the Lion Tshirt, $5 from each shirt goes to support IAPF.
Armed with assault rifles and dressed in camouflaged clothing, these animal guardians gives chase to a poacher in Colorado stopping him from killing any more animals in this protected forest. These men are not park rangers, they're not police officers, they're bounty hunters or hired guns similar to mercenaries. While some poachers give up some would try their luck to outrun the guardians. Check out this hot pursuit video.
These guys aren't the only guys hunting poachers, Cecil's Ex-Marine avenger, Kinessa Johnson and a South African mercenary unit are also doing their part to end poaching.
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For your entertainment, here's a video of a badass lion (left) and a video of how this badass ranger dealt with a poacher LIKE A BOSS! (right)
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Pro-Hunting Group lobbying airlines to reverse the trophy transport ban: These bastards are calling for Delta to REVERSE their ban on trophies.
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Killing spree: A trail of dead animals is found in Africa as an accountant is determined to go on a mission to piss the world off by killing innocent animals and showing off on Facebook
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Cecil's head located and in authority's hands. Local hunter guide slapped with a small fine due to pro hunting Zimbabwean laws.
The Hunt is Over:
Dentist made contact with authorities, expected to turn himself in to the authorities after days of hiding.
How to interact with people who think their causes are more important than Cecil the Lion
Cecil's killers released after arrest. Dentist's two accomplices are still out on the loose. WTF?!?! Where's the justice?
Dentist may be part of the 1% An analysis of dentist's lifestyle and political contribution activity indicates high likelihood
The Dentist is not alone!
Supporters of the dentist came out to destroy protester's properties outside the dentist's clinic
Don't drone me bro! Watch this epic video of park rangers operating showing drone technology to catch poachers in South Africa.
Make millions stopping bad guys and poachers? Check out how these inventors came up with an an innovative way to end the poaching market while building an ethical entreprise
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