*WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES* *Content not for the faint-hearted*
you may have read on Instagram that I am releasing a charity line. It’s been in the making for a while, but I could never work out all the details. I’m still a bit unsure about how much of a rant I will make this. I want to add pictures, but at the same time I am afraid to find them, because I know what I will see will stay with me forever. And I don’t want to make others feel like that. But then again, I think it may be a necessary evil.
The problem is, people think it’s fun to hunt beautiful creatures, and then to call it ‘sport’. Next we’ll be seeing canned hunting at the summer Olympics, I suppose?
Here’s an example of one of these super sporty people (athletes?):
Or this duo, who it appears got pretty frisky from taking the life of this beautiful creature:
And now they will say ‘but I PAID for this! This lion (leopard, elephant, whatever) needed to die, and the money will go towards CONSERVATION!’. Guys, this is NOT conservation. Lions will go extinct within a few years if we keep going like this. And not just lions. There are many other animals in Africa that have survived for so long, only to be gone soon because some vile rich people get a kick out of taking their lives. If you read how the hunt for Cecil the Lion went down, these people had to know they were doing something questionable. Zimbabwean officials have said Palmer’s guides used bait to draw Cecil out of a protected national park onto private Antoinette Farm, which did not even have a quota for lions (meaning there weren’t any lions allowed to be killed on that land.) There, he was shot by bow and arrow, stalked for 40 hours, shot lethally with a rifle, beheaded, skinned and the GPS collar destroyed. Fair chase? Whatever makes you sleep at night, Mr Palmer, but let’s agree to disagree.
And that’s just Cecil, just *one* example.
We don’t need money from hunting to go into conservation, we need money from *tourism* to go into conservation.There are many stats on this to find online. Altough not 100%, Kenya is setting an example and Botswana is following.
Canned hunting. The most despicable form of hunting. Unknowing, well-meaning volunteers from all over the world pay to spend time helping out a farm during a summer break or internship. They feed and pet cubs, socialize them. These cubs ‘have been rescued from the wild’ and ‘will be released back into the wild so the lion population will grow’.
A hand-reared lion can not survive in the wild. And you know what? They don’t want them to. Because it makes them a lot more money to keep that lion on their grounds and have tourists shoot them. Imagine, this lion has learned that humans form absolutely no threat to him. Actually, he’s learned that cars mean he’s getting food. So he doesn’t run, he doesn’t hide when the guide comes driving by, hunter in his vehicle. Yeah. Wow. You are a great sportsman indeed, killing an animal that had no way of defending itself. The movie Blood Lions covers this topic.
Here are some more heroes:
I’m sorry, I hope you’re not being put off. I understand if you are. I promise, no more pictures. You know where to find them, if you wish to. And if you ever want to talk to me about this, send me an e-mail 🙂
So, what is the point of this depressing tale? Well, I was lucky enough to see some of these magnificent animals in the wild, when I was in Kenya on a study trip. I can’t bear the thought of these animals not being around for future generations. Now, the time has come when I can’t just be angry and disgusted anymore, I have to *do* something. So, I am presenting to you the I Am Not A Trophy line. Consistent of three polishes as for now, probably more will come. First three polishes (lion, wild dog, rhino) will be available Sunday August 9th. 50% of revenue (revenue, not profit!) from these polishes will be donated to Kevin Richardson at PAW CT (Protect African Wildlife Conservation Trust). This organization does a lot of hard work. They don’t just have their own projects, they fund other projects (for example lionaid) too. You will receive a proof of donation.
Now, happier tales 😀
If you want to go on a safari from the comfort of your home and maybe even see some of these animals live, please visit WildEarth. Two live safari’s coming to you from Sabi Sands each day 😀 As I’m writing this post, they are looking for wild dogs (my fave <3) and stopping by some elephants on the way.