The Global March for Lions held on March 15th was a roaring success in terms of support and media exposure. Now the real fight starts. By Des Langkilde.
Despite thousands of protestors marching for lions in cities around the world, and 1,449,201 signatures (as at 04 April ) on Avaaz.org, it is yet to be seen if the South African government takes cognizance and decisive action against the canned hunting of lions and other captive bred predators by passing legislation in similar terms to CITES Decision 14.69, banning the farming of lions for the sale of their body parts.
The Memorandum of Protest , delivered at marches around the world, also called for CITES to include lions with the other big cats listed in the Appendix 1 category of CITES; to have all commercial trade in lions banned – and criminalized. To the EU Commission, to stop pandering to the hunting fraternity by banning the import of lion trophies, and to the United States Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, to raise the status of lions to Endangered.
The unified message to the world, to “Forget Sustainable Use. It has become Sustained Abuse! Start protecting and preserving our wildlife heritage” came across strongly at all of the Global March for Lions events.
Organisers: Jenni Trethowan, Wynter Worsthorne, Lizette & Ryan Ord, Sheila Wilson, Melanie & JC Thomet, Jane Martin, Geila Wills, Nikki Elliott and Carol Kruger.
Organisers: Christine Jordaan, Stella Stewart, Mariana Fernandes, Yvette Taylor, Margot Stewart, Gillian Waldeck, Michael Almendro, Pierre Lombard. Speaker: Beverley Langkilde.
Organisers: Stephanie Blair, Linda Park (photo below), Drew Abrahamson, Chris Voets, Smaragda Louw, Daniella Lupini.
Organiser: Gail Thornhill.
Organiser: Jamey Ponte (President/Founder at Child Wellness Fund).
Organiser: Vicky van Gemert.
Organiser: Rosana Ng.
Organisers: Boaz Fyler, Lee Reshef, Sharren Haskel, Anat Umansky.
Organiser: Ronel Barcellos.
Organiser: Ingrid Ser.
Organisers: Stichting SPOTS, VIER VOETERS (Four Paws Netherlands), WAR International. Spokesperson: Simone Eckhardt.
Organiser: Babi Sava.
Organiser: Paul Tully.
Organiser: Kerry Partridge.
Edinburgh – Scotland
Organiser: Malena Persson.
Organiser: Kalli Doubleday.
Organisers: Louis Salas
New York City
Organiser: Sarah La Rocca
Organizers: Dr. Renee Behinfar, Hannah Brisso and Adrienne Xagoraris. Principal organizer: Dr. Renee Behinfar.
Organiser: Jody Hanson.
Organiser: Lisa Ann Tekancic, WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society.
For more Global Lion March city events and pictures, visit: www.cannedlion.org/organisers-and-marches.html