Wildlife

Into The Wild

By Lord Ashcroft

In Episode 051 | Week 19]  of The Sandton Times Podcast, the show discusses the plan by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy to ban the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists with Lord Ashcroft, author ‘Unfair Game – An Exposé of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Industry.

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Drawing a Lion in the Sand

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft talks to Carte Blanche, who first broadcast the Cooke Report exposé on canned lion hunting in 1997. Two decades later, the captive lion industry has expanded in scope and brutality – cubs are removed from their mothers, hand-reared, petted, then bred for the bullet or their bones.

South Africa’s new minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, appointed a high-level panel to advise her on the next steps for this industry. Last Sunday, she released her recommendations in an almost 600-page report. The findings signal a seismic shift away from captive breeding and hunting toward a new era for wildlife conservation in South Africa.

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If Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds don’t now help me ban lion-hunting trophies, it will be a dereliction of duty

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Mail on Sunday on 09 May 2021.  

For years, I have been deeply concerned about the plight of lions in South Africa.

Specifically, I have lobbied for an end to the barbaric captive-bred lion industry.

Last summer I published Unfair Game, in which I exposed the horrifying truth about what it really involves.

Captive-lion breeding operates under the umbrella of the respectable tourist trade, but in reality it has meant thousands of lions have been farmed and then exploited in the most cruel ways imaginable simply for profit – all the while risking human health as well.

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Success for campaign against captive lion breeding in South Africa

By Lord Ashcroft

I am delighted to inform those who have followed my campaign to end the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa that its government has today agreed to abolish it. This move is long overdue, but it is a triumph.

For years, I and others – notably Ian Michler and his Blood Lions team – have argued that this barbaric industry must stop. At last, those in power have paid attention.

Credit must go to the Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, who announced the measure today at the release of the High Level Panel report on the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. She appears to have been prepared to take action in a way that her predecessors would not or could not.

In June 2020, I wrote to Ms Creecy and sent her a copy of my book about lion farming, Unfair Game, in which I was able to expose some of its practitioners via my undercover investigations.

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Why it is time for ‘woke’ Norway to halt the barbaric slaughter of hundreds of whales

By Lord Ashcroft

Today [April 1] marks the start of the whaling season in Norway, one of the world’s richest countries and often championed for its political correctness.

Yet again this oil and gas rich nation will ignore its growing number of critics worldwide to hunt and kill hundreds of minke whales off its picturesque coastline.

But does ‘woke’ Norway really need to continue this slaughter in the 21st century? I truly believe that it is time for this barbaric practice to stop once and for all. (more…)

Watch Lord Ashcroft on ‘The Conversation’, CNBC Africa

By Lord Ashcroft

08 September 2020 – Lord Ashcroft’s interview on CNBC Africa.

Lord Ashcroft talks to CNBC Africa about his new book, Unfair Game, and the undercover operation he organised in order to gather the evidence disclosed in the book on the grim trade of lion farming and canned lion hunting in South Africa.

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Lord Ashcroft on the John Maytham Show, CapeTalk Radio

By Lord Ashcroft

In an interview on CapeTalk Radio’s The John Maytham Show, Lord Ashcroft discusses his new book, Unfair Game, which reveals the dark truth about South Africa’s shameful, captive-bred lion farming industry, and the illegal exportation of lion bones for the black market.

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Bones of contention

By Lord Ashcroft

Article published on 30 August 2020 in Post Magazine, South China Morning Post.

South Africa’s wild and farmed lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in brutal ‘canned hunts’ – butchered and shipped to Asia as tiger bone for use in traditional medicine. British politician Michael Ashcroft wants to end this cruel trade.

The tiger’s fate is sealed at a clandestine meeting outside a wildlife reserve two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, South Africa. An Asian businessman known as Michael waits in a saloon car with a brown paper bag stuffed with banknotes on the seat behind him. A 4×4 pulls up alongside and the driver joins Michael in his car, picks up the bag, and carries it to the owner of the reserve nearby.

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Cycle of cruelty

By Lord Ashcroft

First published on 24 August 2020 in The Witness, South Africa.

Article about Unfair Game by J. Nozipo Maraire, Zimbabwean, neurosurgeon, entrepreneur and writer

Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
Author investigates the dark and dangerous world of the captive-bred lion industry.

SOUTH Africa has long been regarded as a conservation champion and a nation deeply committed to the ongoing protection of its wilderness areas and the iconic wildlife species that call them home.

However, these are challenging times for the “Rainbow Nation” as its game reserves and national parks battle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown that has devastated valuable revenue streams derived from eco-tourism.

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Canned Lion Hunting – not a sport for civilised people! In fact NOT A SPORT AT ALL!

By Lord Ashcroft

Article on 10 August 2020 for Aviation, Travel & Conservation News from Africa & the Indian Ocean islands in association with Brussels Airlines.

CANNED LION HUNTING COMES UNDER RENEWED FIRE AS LORD ASHCROFT PUBLISHES HIS BOOK.

South Africa has long been regarded as a conservation champion and a nation deeply committed to the ongoing protection of its wilderness areas and the iconic wildlife species that call them home. However, these are challenging times for the “Rainbow Nation” as its game reserves and national parks battle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown that has devastated valuable revenue streams derived from eco-tourism.

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