Wildlife

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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#WORLDLIONDAY: HEART & SOUL – AUTHORS & CONSERVATIONISTS

By Lord Ashcroft

Blog for the Captured in Africa Foundation – 09 August 2020.

Two years ago, after a visit to South Africa, I became determined to expose the horrors of lion farming. There are now some 12,000 captive-bred lions in South Africa and virtually all of them are destined for a cruel fate.

When they are small, the animals are used for cub petting at tourist attractions. When they are older (perhaps a year or more), they are used for “walking with lions”, again as tourist attractions.

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Harrowing exposé of lion abattoirs reads like a crime thriller

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Business Day on 30 July 2020.

Michael Ashcroft sends former members of the Special Forces on a secret mission to infiltrate the business of bones in ‘Unfair Game’ South Africans have a remarkable talent for frothing with indignant bluster over outrageous events, then fading into apathy before any real change occurs. We do it with everything — rape, murder and rampant looting — with each fresh case hailed as the turning point sure to trigger some legal or behavioural epiphany. Except it never does.

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Selina MacKenzie in conversation with Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft talks to Selina MacKenzie, of Talk Radio Europe, about his latest book, Unfair Game, which investigates South Africa’s illegal lion trade and explores what governments around the world can do stop the illegal bone trade .

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Bruce Whitfield talks to Lord Ashcroft about Unfair Game

By Lord Ashcroft

In an interview with Bruce Whitfield, of 702’s The Money Show in South Africa, Lord Ashcroft discusses his new book, Unfair Game, and the reasons that prompted him to write it.

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Unfair Game released in South Africa, 15 July 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

RELEASED IN SOUTH AFRICA 15 JULY 2020

Please click HERE to view the YouTube film linked to the book that reveals the shocking revelations from the investigation into captive-bred lion farming in South Africa.

15th July 2020 – 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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