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Lions need protecton amid pandemic crisis

African countries need to strengthen protection of lions without delay amid threats to their survival linked to aggravating situation related to pandemic criis, reflecting in rise absence of tourims, and rising of poaching, conservationists said on ahead of World Lions Dayobserved on August 10.

Edith Kabesiime, wildlife campaign manager at World Animal Protection, said that African lions were facing human and nature induced threats hence the need to prioritize their protection.

“We have witnessed the population of lions in Africa declined in the last decades as human beings occupy their habitat,” Kabesiime said at a virtual briefing in Nairobi.

The conservationist said that World Lions Day offers an opportunity to raise awareness on the emerging threats of poisoning big cats by livestock keepers and poaching to satisfy the overseas traditional healers demands.

“There is a need to raise awareness on the plight of lions even as we celebrate them as Africa’s iconic species,” said Kabesiime.

Statistics from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) displays the dramatic decline of Africa’s lion population from 200,000 in the last century to the current 20,000.

Kabesiime said that currently, lions exist in 26 African countries adding that the continent has lost about 90% of the carnivore from its original habitat amid rapid urbanization.

She said that the African lion has been categorized by IUCN as a vulnerable species amid international trade in its claws and jaws to meet a rising demand for traditional natural healers and jewelry.

“The other challenge facing lion conservation is illegal bushmeat and poisoning by farmers as a deterrent measure against attack on livestock,” said Kabesiime.

The shrinking of prey base for African lions linked to massive hunting by local communities, has increased their risk of death through starvation, Kabesiime has underlined.

The industrialised captive breeding of lions that has intensified in some parts of Africa also represents a threat to their survival, causing degeneration.

The scientists urged African governments to support innovative lions’ conservation programs that focus on expanding their prey base while minimizing conflict with humans.

Kabesiime said that a complex of measures as a ban on international trade in lion’s products coupled with enforcement of laws to deter poaching will help reverse their declining numbers in Africa.

#BigCats: EU keeps an eye on endangered spieces

This year the European Commission celebrate on It has taken action and joined up efforts with to fight trafficking of endangered species in the EU and globally.

The EU has already confirmed its leadership in tackling the illegal trade in natural resources by adopting ambitious policies on timber and fishery products. This EU Action Plan demonstrates that the EU is ready to live up to international expectations and commitments, and that it is raising the level of its ambition as regards action against the illegal trade in wildlife. The bloc will also help to ensure that the significant investments made over the last decades through EU development support for wildlife conservation worldwide will not be undermined through criminal activities.

Wildlife trafficking has a devastating impact on biodiversity, threatening to eradicate some species. Moreover, it both creates incentives for corrupt practices and is enabled by them, thereby undermining the rule of law. Notably in some regions in Africa, it has a very negative impact on the potential for economic development.

Wildlife trafficking is very attractive to criminals, as it is highly lucrative and, in most countries it has lower enforcement priority by comparison with other forms of trafficking, so the risk of detection and penalties is very limited. Links with money laundering and other forms of organised crime, such as trafficking in drugs and firearms, have been regularly reported . The UN Security Council has acknowledged that wildlife trafficking in Central Africa is fuelling conflicts and threatening regional and national security by providing a source of funding to militia groups.

 

STOP UK zoo from murdering the tiger!

The tiger that killed Zoo keeper Rosa King has not been put down so far and was unharmed,  police said. However there are concerns of the animal rights defenders, who oppose the idea of killing the wild animal for exposing natural instincts. Tigers belong to the wilde, but not to the cages in zoo.

A joint investigation by police and Huntingdonshire District Council – which is responsible for licensing the zoo – is currently under way.  Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 of May as a result of encounter with one of the tigers, entering anciently the enclosure. Ms.King was a very experienced animal caretaker, however her skills of working with big cats did not protect her from the abhorrent end.

The tragic death of zookeeper raises  questions of public safety and ethics of keeping wild animals in the zoo – it is neither educational, no entertaining. The exposure of the keepers  risking lives deprives the entire endeavour of the maintenance of wild animals in captivity of any joy. Even more, it is to be blamed to those who pay for the tickets while knowing that any moment an accident can occur, and a human life would be sacrificed for a distant glance at a wild beast one can watch close-up at any digital screen.

The friends of Rosa King are sure she would not approve of the killing of the tiger to whose natural predator instincts she had fallen a victim. The responsibility lies on those who regard zoo as an entertainment, and  who pay money for the ticket encouraging to import wildlife, sentencing the tigers to life-long misery in captivity, and the keepers risking to die an atrocious death in claws of the beasts. Hopefully in 21 century one can switch to more civilized ways of spending bank holidays, than watching people mauled by tigers like at arena of Ancient Rome. #BANzoo #RespectNATURE