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OLD MALES VITAL TO ELEPHANT SOCIETIES.

Trophy hunters justify targeting older bull elephants on the grounds they are "redundant" in terms of breeding and hence species survival. But the new study, by the University of Exeter, shows the oldest bulls in all-male groups are the most likely to hold leading positions when the elephants travel, potentially helping younger, less experienced followers find food and water.

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TROPHY HUNTING: THE NASTY COLONIAL SPORT OF SHOOTING WILD ANIMALS. The only thing that has really changed is that the white males are no longer colonials, but come from all over the world to hunt Africa’s wild animals. Their weapons are high-powered, precise, and often a product of developments in military technology. “Sport” hunting is driven, neither by the need for food nor for conservation in a time of the planetary biological collapse, but by money and the desire to hang a reconstructed “conquest” on the wall or walk on its flayed skin in the hallway

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PULLING THE CURTAIN BACK ON THE DISGRACEFUL SUBCULTURE OF TROPHY HUNTING OF THE WORLD’S RAREST ANIMALS. According to a report issued by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service this spring, the US granted import permits between 2013 and 2017 for 32,100 black bears, 10,122 sand hill cranes, 2,645 African lions, 2,552 Chacma baboons, and 2,148 mountain zebras, which, like several other species on that list, are considered vulnerable or rare by international conservation authorities. Originally killed in CANADA and several southern African nations…

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INSIDERS REVEAL HOW CANADA USED DUBIOUS RESEARCH TO APPROVE MAJOR INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS. Halfyard is one of several scientists who spoke to National Observer about their experiences with environmental assessments on major industrial projects that got approved after their proponents submitted dubious evidence in their applications. The consultants all experienced similar pressure to overlook evidence that might make it difficult for projects to get approved by regulatory agencies.

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TROPHY HUNTING ‘IMPERIAL’ AND ‘UNSUSTAINABLE’. Trophy hunting elephants has negative consequences for conservation and local communities. A colonial attitude remains pervasive among those who defend the trophy hunting of elephants. They argue that ‘the west’ must stop lecturing Africans about how to manage their elephants. But it was Western hunters who shot elephants out to the point where they had to establish reserves, dispossessing and crowding out local communities in the process. 

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OUTRAGE OVER LIONS BRED TO BE KILLED BY DEEP-POCKETED TROPHY HUNTERS. “They do not know they are supporting a horrific industry, an industry that even many hunting associations reject as being unethical.” When the lions are four to seven years old, they are sold for trophy hunting. “The laws require that the hunting is not conducted on the same farm that the animal was bred at. Instead, the lions are transported to other areas and shot there, some within days of being relocated.”

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A DEATH OF ETHICS: IS HUNTING DESTROYING ITSELF? Viewers see the driver throttling toward a coyote then run it over, allowing the traumatized animal to get up and try to flee so he can chase it again. Finally, when the coyote can’t run any longer, the human star of the video pulls a sidearm out of its holster and puts the coyote out of its misery with a bullet to the head.

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UK TROPHY HUNTERS HAVE KILLED HUNDREDS OF ELEPHANTS AND SHIPPED MORE THAN 700 TUSKS BACK TO THIS COUNTRY BY EXPLOITING LEGAL LOOPHOLE. A shocking 729 elephant tusks and body parts are among the gruesome catalogue, including 400 trophies from the world’s most endangered species. The animals are slaughtered by hunters who spend tens of thousands of pounds on safari expeditions.

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TRIGGER-HAPPY, PRO-HUNTING CULTURE HAS INFILTRATED THE RANKS OF PROVINCIAL CONSERVATION AGENCIES. “There is an urgent need to completely overhaul how each of the provinces and territories manages wildlife,” said Lesley Fox, executive director of The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, which recently applied to Canada’s highest court to settle a dispute over how much discretion conservation officers in B.C. should be given to kill wildlife.

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BRITISH SAFARI BOSS IS CHARGING CALLOUS TROPHY HUNTERS THOUSANDS OF POUNDS TO KILL "FARM-BRED LIONS. Earlier this year, this newspaper published extraordinary details of a year-long investigation by the former Tory peer Lord Ashcroft which exposed the cruelty and horror of lion farms in South Africa. It revealed how up to 12,000 lions bred in captivity are destined to either be shot by wealthy hunters or killed in squalid slaughterhouses, with their bones then exported to the Far East.

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TROPHY-HUNTING BEARS IS NO WAY TO MANAGE WILDLIFE. Here’s what the science tells us: Human-bear conflicts are best managed through public education on how to remove food attractants and properly safeguard animals. Electric fencing around bee hives, chicken coops and birthing pastures for farm animals are proven strategies. If needed, aversive conditioning or temporary diversionary feeding by trained professionals is also effective at addressing conflicts.

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ALBERTA OUTFITTING COMPANY ISSUED ALMOST $79K IN FINES, BAN FROM INDUSTRY AFTER FISH AND WILDLIFE INVESTIGATION.  Over two trials, Rugged Outfitting Inc. owner Richard Bunnage was found guilty of seven counts of hunting wildlife without a licence and six counts of hunting wildlife during a closed season. He has been banned from being involved in the outfitting/guiding industry for 20 years and was fined $54,400. The company was also fined $11,500.

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WHO WOULD WANT TO SHOOT AN ELEPHANT? A repugnant read. This took place prior to the ban in Botswana. Regrettably the right person didn't ask the appropriate questions to get the right answers. Never the less this surely paints a detailed and true picture of those who say they kill to CONserve. What kind of a person looks upon the world's largest land animal—a beast that mourns its dead and lives to retirement age and can distinguish the voice of its enemies—and instead of saying “Wow!” says something like “Where's my gun?” Wells Tower joins an exclusive hunting party and reports on one of the last elephant hunts in Botswana.

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CHRIS NORTHCOTT“

I will not compare bears to humans when it comes to child rearing. I've never witnessed (after spending 1000s of hours with them) a bear being cruel to their offspring. Humans have been cruel and violent towards their children as we all know by reading/watching the daily news. Sometimes while I spend time with bears and other wildlife I wonder which is the evolved species...

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HUMAN IMPACTS HAVE DRIVEN MANY HERDS TO THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. With limited funds for conservation, researchers spar over which species to save—and which to let go More than half of the herds, found in the mountains of western Canada and in the boreal forests across northern Canada, are in decline. In part, that's because many of the animals live in valuable old-growth timber or atop natural gas and oil, creating a strong temptation for people to encroach on caribou habitat.

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SCIENCE HUMANS ARE DESTROYING ANIMALS’ ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE. Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced. Wildlife conservation isn’t just about raising the numbers on a population count. It’s also an act of cultural preservation. When rangers stop poachers from killing an elephant matriarch, they’re also saving her memories. When conservationists preserve routes over which bighorn sheep can travel, they’re keeping the animals’ traditional knowledge alive for future generations.

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TWO OF THE MOST BIODIVERSE WILDLIFE PARKS ON EARTH ARE NOW OPEN TO OIL DRILLING. When will this madness stop. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed that parts of the Virunga and Salonga National Parks, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, will be opened up for oil exploration and drilling, Reuters reports

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THE BLOODLUST OF MODERN-DAY HUNTERS IS A DISASTER FOR THE PLANET. Despite the noble claims, there’s no justification for hunting as entertainment. The bare figures prove that there is no practical justification for this pursuit. Norway’s wolves, so paltry in number, stand little chance of re-establishing themselves with such a bounty over their heads. Whale populations, only just beginning to recover may never regain the natural balance in which their species may even have helped stabilise the world’s climate.

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WHALES THE KILLING OF A BLUE WHALE REVEALS HOW DISCONNECTED WE ARE FROM NATURE. We need a better story than the pathetic one played out by beautiful animals that we haul into the sea of our ignorance.  This week an Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur hf, caused uproar when it was revealed that it had killed a blue whale. Hvalur has killed hundreds of fin whales – mostly destined as meat for export to Japan. 

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WHEN SCIENCE-BASED WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ISN’T. A new study challenges a widespread assumption that wildlife management in North America is science-based. Scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison examined management documents relating to most hunted species across Canada and the USA. We found the key hallmarks of science often missing.

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POLITICAL POPULATIONS’ PLAGUE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. Raincoast Conservation Foundation scientists and associates from the U.S. and Sweden have published a devastating critique of wildlife management in North America and beyond. The international team, led by Dr. Chris Darimont, exposes the faulty underpinnings of how wildlife is managed by many governments across the political spectrum and around the world.

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WILDLIFE -"MANAGEMENT" REFORM IS LONG OVER DUE Unsurprisingly, wildlife management in British Columbia is marked by an outdated mindset that primarily views wild animals as a “resource” to be exploited by recreational hunting or as troublesome creatures that need to be killed because their existence conflicts with human endeavors. The wildlife conservation, wildlife policy in B.C. is mired in a philosophically and structurally faulty approach. (ALBERTA AS WELL?)

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TROPHY HUNTING: The Nasty Colonial sport of shooting wild animals. Trophy hunting has historically been the preserve of colonial, white males. The only thing that has really changed is that the white males are no longer colonials, but come from all over the world to hunt Africa’s wild animals. Their weapons are high-powered, precise, and often a product of developments in military technology. 

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LIES IN CONSERVATION: The truth about big-game hunting and African nature reserves.  It's time to rethink 'white savior' mythology and develop new models of conservation that respect and engage with African communities, recognize their achievements, and inspire a new generation of conservation heroes.

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THE MORALITY OF TROPHY HUNTERS. Hunters argue that their activities only take out older animals that are past their breeding lives and therefore have fulfilled their purpose. Science clearly shows , however, that the elderly of many species still breed and make a vital contribution to the structures of their society. 

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B.C. AND ALBERTA CONDEMN TROPHY HUNTING VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbians and Albertans are equally dismayed by trophy hunting, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of representative provincial samples, 91% of British Columbians and 84% of Albertans say they oppose hunting animals for sport. Only 7% in British Columbia and 12% in Alberta are in favour of trophy hunting.

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TAME LIONS ARE BEING KILLED BY RICH TROPHY HUNTERS: It's more of a duck shoot than a lion hunt: Tame lions are being killed by trophy hunters conned into believing they living in the wild claims cameraman who captured beasts being gunned down . Mr Gobbett made discovery after being hired by US hunters to film a trek. He said group paid thousands to hunt lions released on day of the journey

Upsetting footage shows hunters shooting lion and posing with dead body 

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A GRIZZLY BEAR IS WORTH MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD. You can't have guided eco-tours as well as people shooting. With bear-watching tours, the bears get used to people being around. They get habituated. And then, what, they get shot? We're not talking about the 100,000 British Columbians who hunt deer, ducks, and other species for food. We're talking about killing for fun, killing for "sport", killing to boost frail human egos.  A live bear is much more valuable than a dead bear – in so many ways. Let's ban the trophy bear hunt once and for all.

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HOW TROPHY HUNTERS DESTROY CONSERVATION Their hunting dollars pervert conservation policies in vulnerable third world countries, instigating and perpetuating evils such as captive lion breeding and canned hunting. By conspiring with wealthy landowners in South Africa to build up a vast inventory of captive lions, all bred for the bullet, the hunters have helped open the floodgates to exploitation by the Chinese traditional medicine industry for lion bones.

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SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL TARGETS ENDANGERED SPECIES. Over the last several decades, SCI has helped to down-list many species from "endangered" to "threatened" status so that hunters could legally kill them. In 1979, SCI sought government approval to import not-yet-killed 1,125 trophies of 40 endangered species, including gorillas, cheetahs, tigers, orangutans and snow leopards. SCI claimed its goal was "scientific research" and "incentive for propagation and survival of the species." The request was denied.

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THE INVESTIGATE UNIT: "HUNTERS JUST ATTEMPTING TO HIDE THINGS" :An NBC Bay Area investigation reveals 1.2 million animals, including endangered and threatened wildlife, were killed abroad by American hunters and sent to the U.S. as trophies over the last 15 years. American hunters abroad routinely kill endangered and threatened animals for sport, and then ship the wildlife home to the United States to be mounted as trophies. 

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BIGHORN SHEEP SHRINKING DUE TO HUNTERS. Newly published research suggests that the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, with its iconic curling horns that adorn many a sportsman's rec-room, is starting to show the effects of generations of trophy hunting."The hunt is actually selecting in a direction that is opposite to what natural selection would be," said biologist Marco Festa-Bianchet from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. "Normally, a large-horned ram would do very well, but in a hunted population he is more likely to get shot."

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TROPHY HUNTERS INFLATED CLAIMS DEBUNKED.

Trophy hunters’ inflated claims debunked; trophy hunting ‘insignificant’ to economy.

An economic study released on the first day of Safari Club International’s (SCI) annual convention in Las Vegas finds that trophy hunters have grossly overstated the contribution of big game hunting to eight African economies and that overall tourism in Africa dwarfs trophy hunting as a source of revenue.

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ECONOMMIC IMPACT OF BEAR VIEWING VS BEAR HUNTING. The overwhelming conclusion is that bear viewing in the GBF generates far more value to the economy, both in terms of total visitor expenditures and GDP and provides greater employment opportunities and returns to government than does bear hunting.  The study also finds that organized bear-viewing activities are generating over 11 times more in direct revenue for the BC government than bear hunting carried out by guide outfitters:

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RESEARCHERS KILL 890 WOLVES TO LEARN ABOUT THEM: THERE’S SOMETHING VERY WRONG. “ The basic foundation of the rapidly growing field of compassionate conservation, “First do no harm,” maintains that the lives of individual animals matter and that killing in the name of conservation should not be done .It’s important also to note that this mass killing does not work — not that it would even be remotely justified if it did. As stated in the abstract of the research paper, “Although the wolf population reduction program appeared to stabilize the Little Smoky population, it did not lead to population increase.”

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HOW WOLVES CHANGE RIVERS IS THE PERFECT EXPLANATION OF ECOLOGY.When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, some remarkable changes began to occur…This narration is from George Monbiot’s TED Talk, “For More Wonder, Rewild The World.” George Monbiot’s book “Feral: Searching For Enchantment On The Frontiers Of Rewilding” follows his own efforts to reconnect with nature and argues that by restoring our damaged ecosystems, we can bring magic and wonder into our lives.

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CRY WOLF: AN UNETHICAL OIL STORY; Desmog blog investigates the controversial decision by Alberta’s government to ignore the threat of rapid industrial expansion in the Alberta tar sands region, and instead kill thousands of wolves to appear to be doing something to save dwindling woodland caribou populations. through interviews with scientists, wildlife experts and a first nations chief, the myth of Canada’s "ethical oil" is further exposed as oil industry green washing.

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HOW THE WOLF BECAME ALBERTA'S SCAPEGOAT: Over the last nine years, more than 1,000 wolves have been killed along with 700 other animals. As in British Columbia, the Alberta government employs snipers in helicopters to shoot the wolves. One of the biologists in the documentary noted that the average cost of gunning down a wolf from a helicopter is an astonishing $3,000 per animal.

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CANADA MUST DO MORE TO STOP TROPHY HUNTING OF ELEPHANTS CONSERVATIONISTS SAY               
:  OTTAWA—In the last decade, Canadians have legally imported more than 2,600 trophy animals that are on an international list of endangered species. The imports also include thousands of animal skins, skulls, feet, ears, tusks, horns and tails of everything from antelope to zebras from all corners of the earth. That database shows that between 2007 and 2016, Canada allowed the legal importation of 2,647 mammals as hunting trophies, including 83 elephants, 256 lions, 134 zebras, 76 hippos and 19 rhinoceroses

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FOUR-IN-FIVE CANADIANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO BAN TROPHY HUNTING: Most Canadians believe it is time to end the practice of hunting animals for sport, a new nationwide Insights West poll conducted on behalf of Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd. has found. In the online survey of a representative sample of Canadians, 80% of residents support enacting legislation that would ban trophy hunting in their province.

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IT'S TIME TO DEBUNK TROPHY HUNTERS' CLAIMS WITH ACTUAL FACTS: Trophy hunters justify their cruelty by claiming that trophy hunting aids in wildlife conservation efforts, helps support local communities in which the hunts occur, and contributes greatly to national economies. In truth, trophy hunting does little in terms of wildlife conservation, contributing to national economies or supporting local communities. Despite the misinformation that trophy hunters spread killing is not conservation

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POACHING AND TROPHY HUNTING....TANZANIA HUNTERS FEEL TOURISM MINISTER IS AFTER HUNTING INDUSTRY: On 25 January 2018, Dr Kigwangalla released before the press conference what he termed as the first list of operators, owners of hunting blocks and officials in the ministry accused of SUPPORTING the poaching syndicate. The cabinet minister publicly mentioned the suspects whom he said had for a decade paralyzed the country’s national parks, protected areas and game reserves for supporting poaching syndicate in one way of another. Perfect example of how Trophy Hunting and poaching are linked. 

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‘SUPERPREDATOR’ HUMANS ARE HUNTING OTHER ANIMALS OUT OF EXISTENCE:Though critical to ecosystem health, large carnivores are killed for sport by humans at nine times the rate of any other species. A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover.