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Global March for Lions – the world roars for lions

Great compilation video of cities marching March 15th, 2014

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Global March For Lions Press Release – Vancouver – 60 Cities Marching to Save Lions

ImageHello animal lovers,

Below you’ll find a press release regarding the upcoming Global March for Lions. I have also included an info sheet and poster. Please share widely. It’s important for people globally to understand how they support (often inadvertently) this heinous trade.

If you can, please join the Global March for Lions in Vancouver or in a city near you. There are marches all over the world. Find your city here. Additional and important information can be found here and here.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tessa Vanderkop

GlobalMarch4LionsYVR@gmail.com

VANCOUVER, BC

On March 15th, 2014 40 cities around the world will march to raise awareness of the plight of South Africa’s lions and to shed light on the “canned lion” hunting industry.

Canned hunting is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions are bred in captivity, hand reared for use in the cub petting industry, and when they’re grown and have become accustomed to human contact, are killed in an enclosure often drugged, for an enormous sum of money.

The goals of the global march are to ask the South African government to ban canned hunting; to have lions moved to the Endangered Species list; to stop the export of lion bones to China and to prohibit the import of lion trophies to USA and EU. People around the world are calling for the South African government to ban canned hunting.

The goal for the march in Vancouver is to raise awareness amongst Canadian travellers to South Africa that any time they take part as volunteers at ‘sanctuaries’ or ‘lion conservation projects” where cubs are bred and they’re encouraged to hand feed or interact with cubs or young lions, they are supporting an inhumane and cruel industry where lions are born, bred and killed in captivity. Vancouver march organizer Catherine Albertson says,

“Canadian tourists need to be aware that this highly lucrative, multi-faceted canned hunting industry is driven by demand, and part of that demand is the desire to interact with lions. This fuels the continual supply of cubs for international volunteers to hand raise and does nothing to support the wild lion population; this is a business and these lions are bred for the sole purpose of bringing is as much money, in as many ways, as possible. The African Lion is an iconic species, one that has inspired and touched the hearts of humankind throughout history.

We in Vancouver may seem far-removed from the plight of the lion in South Africa, but the decisions we make as Canadian travellers do make a difference. By joining in the Global March for Lions, we hope to raise awareness of the “life cycle” of captive bred lions, cease the unknowing international support, and assist South Africa in re-instating a ban against the canned trophy hunting of these essentially tamed lions.”

The demand for lion bones is posing an increased threat to wild lions of which only 20,000 remain. Lions will be extinct in less than twenty years if action is not taken today.

Global marches are in support of Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) and the work they do.

March Details

Date: March 15th, 2014

Time: 11:00 am

Place: Vancouver Art Gallery (North Side)

Visit: www.globalmarch4lions.org for Global March details

Join the march on Facebook

About Campaign Against Canned Hunting(CACH)

From the publication and distribution of their textbook ‘Canned Lion Hunting – a National Disgrace’ at the turn of the new millenium, Chris and Bev have become part of the conservation and animal welfare landscape in South Africa. Now formally structured as a registered wildlife charity, Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) is at the forefront of efforts to expose the harm being done by an industry whose whole business model is to make egregious cruelty to helpless animals, routine.

  About Global March for Lions

On the 15th March 2014, – people in over 50 cities across the globe are marching to save lions.

The aim of the march is to raise awareness around the industry of “canned hunting”.

For a complete list of participating cities click here.

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BACKGROUNDER

CANNED HUNTING IN SOUTH AFRICA 

Canned hunting is the lion farmer and trophy collector’s substitute for real hunting.  It is defined as any hunt where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing ) or by mental constraints (hand reared, habituated to humans).

By definition, all hunts of captive – bred lions are canned hunts.

FACTS:

  • Numbers of lions being captive-bred in S.A. are growing by the day.  Latest estimate; 8000 – nearly three times more than the number of wild lions in S.A. Reserves, that number less than 3000.
  • Foreign hunters are mostly from U.S.A. (+/-55%) or Europe (+/-40%)
  • Lion farming does not fall under the Department of Agriculture but the Supreme Court has ruled that it has nothing to do with conservation, so it cannot be regulated by conservation officials either.  Lion farming thus falls between two government departments. In consequence, captive predators bred for hunting purposes have no regulatory protection.
  • Lion Bones are sold to known Asian crime syndicates who pay lion farmers US$1,000 for a lion carcass, which is processed in Asia and then fraudulently sold as tiger bone cake for US$70,000 per carcass (US$1000 per 100 grams).
  • Approx 1,000 lions are canned hunted annually in S.A. – about 3 per day. (same as the number of poached Rhino)

WHY SHOULD THIS INDUSTRY BE BANNED?

  •   It is cruel.  The whole business model is based on cruelty to helpless animals from birth until death.  Bow hunting of tame lions is permitted in some provinces. Imagine the public outcry if farmers allowed hunters to come on to livestock farms and shoot sheep and cattle for sport?
  • It is a massive and increasing threat to the survival of wild lion populations in Africa.  The astronomical profits being made by the Asian profiteers out of lion bones are stimulating an increase in the price of lion bone, which will, in turn, stimulate an increase in the poaching of lions for their bones.
  • This affects all lions, although it is especially an issue for the White Lions. Many lion farmers resort to inbreeding to produce a desired feature – such as that of a white coat.  These breeding practices often result in severe birth defects such as hind-limb paralysis and heart problems.
  • Unscrupulous S.A. lion breeders will buy ‘fresh cubs’ to bring fresh blood in to their lion stock for genetic reasons, and to ward off captivity depression.  This wholesale and unscientific killing of lions has long term effects on wild prides, destroying the core pride function. Research shows that it can take as long as seven years for a lion pride to re-establish itself after the death of the trophy male.

CITES records of Trophy Hunting Imports into Canada

2007 —  8 lion trophy exports from SA to Canada (7 captive bred and 1 ‘wild’)

2008 — 20 lion trophy exports from SA to Canada (16 captive bred and 4 ‘wild’)

2009 — 23 lion trophy exports from SA to Canada (15 captive bred and 8 ‘wild’)

2010 — 7 lion trophy exports from SA to Canada (all captive bred)

2011 — 6 lion trophy exports from SA to Canada (all captive bred)

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People Saving Lions – Join the March in Your City Today – Rosemary Wright – A Beating Heart

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Rosemary Wright has graciously allowed me to share this blog post from her wonderful animal advocacy blog A Beating Heart. Over 40 cities around the world are marching on March 15th to raise awareness and to advocate on the issue of ‘canned lion hunting’. This is a heinous practice in which lions are bred in captivity and then sold to trophy hunters to be killed in captivity. These animals are often tame and drugged. This practice is undermining the few remaining wild lions that are left. This industry is supported by tourists.

A big thanks to Rosemary for her dedicated advocacy of the world’s beautiful critters.

The Power Of Images Surpasses The Eloquence Of The Written Word

Why Participate In The International March For Lions?

The Power Of Images Surpasses The Eloquence Of The Written Word – when it comes to awakening the human heart and the global consciousness. There is no instrument more potent than images of the innocent victims. Trophy hunters are slaughtering lions in South Africa and this unwitting “marriage” of political corruption and the rich hunting lobby must be stopped.

Only a few truly wild lions are left and with 8000 beautiful lions warehoused in lion farms waiting to die – the time to act is now.  This haunting black and white sequence of photographs reminds us why we must stand up and take action before these majestc big cats slip into the mist of the past and become part of the legend of the African plains.

Thank you to Lisa  Ann Tekancic – a member of the Washington DC Lion March for this brillinat video. If these images do not touch your heart and inspire you to care – nothing will.

Ernie called you a wimp ...

Thank you to Chris Mercer – champion extraordinaire of lions – for your tireless work.

Thank you to the organizers – the voluteers and marchers in every city around the world who heeded the call to get involved and save the lions.

Lions belong to the wind – the rain – the sunshine – the stars at night and the dew in the soft morning light.

They are not ours to kill.

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Global March for Lions – Full Listing of Cities Around the World Who are Marching

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Why People are Marching – and the Cities Where People are Marching to Ban Canned Lion Hunting
For detailed information on Canned Lion Hunting and its devastating effects visit: CACH (Campaign Against Lion Hunting)

Participating Cities as of January 26th

For the most up-to-date list of cities participating click here.

ASIA

Hong Kong

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm assembly
Location: Wanchai MTR Station A3 exit

https://www.facebook.com/events/268137030004548/

AUSTRALIA

Adelaide

16:00 in UTC+10:30
Frome Street to North Terrace to Elder Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/496273517154615/?source=1

Brisbane
https://www.facebook.com/events/1470411616511725/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Melbourne

12:00 in UTC+11
Parliament House to City Square

https://www.facebook.com/events/734997343178806/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_

Perth, WA

9.00am-11.00am
Mosman Dog Beach

https://www.facebook.com/events/169787546565006/

Sydney

11:00am

From NSW Parliament House to Town Hall.

https://www.facebook.com/events/613649062033293/?source=1

Townsville – no Facebook page yet!

BELGIUM

Brussels

14:30 until 17:00 in UTC+01
Rue Montoyer 17 -19 Bruxelles

https://www.facebook.com/events/449617725142958/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_&source=1

Also –https://www.facebook.com/events/238689319624678/

BRAZIL

Sau Paulo

https://www.facebook.com/events/408594329244368/?source=1

Rio de Janeiro

2 pm at Arpoador:
The march will be on the edge of the sea. We will march through 5 km in round 5 more miles in the back. On this day the beach is very crowded and the streets are open for recreation of the people. We’ll walk up to the Arpoador neighborhood Leblon and return to the starting point. We will meet at 2 pm at Arpoador and there we wear the masks and match performances.

https://www.facebook.com/events/639127449486869/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

CANADA

Calgary, Alberta

11:30 until 13:00 in UTC-06

We will gather outside City Hall, downtown Calgary and walk down Stephen’s Avenue and back to City Hall.
https://www.facebook.com/events/784173878260886/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ottawa

17:00 until 01:00 in EDT
GLOBALLY THE WORLD WILL BE MARCHING FOR LIONS BUT HERE IN OTTAWA WE WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND WE WILL BE HOSTING AN EVENT WITH LIVE MUSIC!!

At THE BRASS MONKEY

https://www.facebook.com/events/1412759988970557/

Toronto

https://www.facebook.com/events/1414771305431155/?source=1

Vancouver BC

11:00 in PDT
Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza (Georgia Street, by the Lion statues)

https://www.facebook.com/events/235061229995930/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_

COSTA RICA

Nicoya, Guanacaste – * special private retreat event for lions!
Thank you to – http://www.pachamama.com/

GERMANY

Frankfurt

https://www.facebook.com/events/668604263192464/?ref=ts&fref=ts

FRANCE

Paris

15:00 until 17:00 in UTC+01
Place Trocadero Paris

https://www.facebook.com/events/540943359337278/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Pau

14:00 to 15:00.
Place Clemenceau

https://www.facebook.com/events/215904515276794/?ref=ts&fref=ts

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam

14:00 in UTC+01
Stationsplein, tegenover Centraal Station Amsterdam
https://www.facebook.com/events/412057092261003/?ref=ts&fref=ts

ISRAEL

Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
https://www.facebook.com/events/186019864937275/?source=1

ITALY

Padova

11:00 until 19:00
Padova Piazza della Frutta

https://www.facebook.com/events/227190124134970/?ref=ts&fref=ts

INDIA

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

15:30

https://www.facebook.com/events/663725897018831/

KENYA

Mombasa

08:30 in UTC+03
Mombasa, Kenya- Tononoko Grounds Starting point and ends at KWS Coast Headquarters

https://www.facebook.com/events/606948892709383/

MALAWI

Lilongwe

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre at 9am

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland

Western Park, Ponsonby  at 1.00pm
Contact: globalmarchforlionsnz@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/579873578764398/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Wellington

13:00 until 14:00
Civic Square – 65 Victoria Street- Route TBA
https://www.facebook.com/events/651433918232791/?ref=ts&fref=ts

PORTUGAL

Porto
https://www.facebook.com/events/549910858441174/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

ROMANIA

Buhusi, Bacau

12:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/1418556248395414

SENEGAL

Dakar
https://www.facebook.com/events/685295044856793/?source=1

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

11:00
From Keizergracht St to Parliament.

https://www.facebook.com/events/432960136805903/?source=1

Durban

10:30 until 13:30
Durban Beachfront from near the Suncoast Casino complex (Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club) along the promenade to finish at the NEW Beach amphitheatre .. opposite the Tropicana Hotel.

https://www.facebook.com/events/492598160855304/

East London, SA

March Start Time: 11.00am
Starting point ►from road on beachfront below Buccaneers/Backpackers.
email: sandy@elspca.org.za

https://www.facebook.com/events/651857634871135/?ref=ts&fref=ts

George

10:45 – we gather at Unity Park
11:00 – make speeches, give interviews, hold up pickets for passerby, make lots of noise – be visible – hand pamplets to pedestrians
11:30 – after 45 minutes, we march 2km to Checkers Centre, 24 marchers + 6 cars – carrying banners, vehicle magnets, placards (30 mins walk)
12:00 Arrive at Checkers
Until 12:15 – we repeat the placard waving at Checkers Centre entrance
12:20 – we leave for Mall, by car, park and walk to intersection
12:30 – 13:00 We create visible and audible awareness at Mall Intersection
13:10 – we meet at farmers market for drinks (it closes at 14:00)
https://www.facebook.com/events/423290224468655/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Grahamstown

09:45 until 12:00
The protestors will congregate and begin the procession from the Drostdy Arch on Somerset Street, down High Street to Church Square, where the information will be passed and a vigil held in honour of the mighty lion.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1378815795701408/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1

Hoedspruit – special event for lions!

Johannesburg

11:00
Starting and ending at Zoo Lake, Lower Park Drive Jhb

https://www.facebook.com/events/1442385619316696/?source=1

Nelspruit

11:00 until 13:00
In Nelspruit, we will be holding an Awareness Campaign instead of an actual March. Please meet at the Boulevard Entrance to the Riverside Mall (at the big “crystal tree”) OR i’langa Mall (between Vodacom and Foto First).
https://www.facebook.com/events/666969576683365/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Pietermaritzburg

11:00
Hoërskool Voortrekker
https://www.facebook.com/events/344109765730975/

Port Elizabeth

10:00 to 10:30
Kings Beach Parking Lot

https://www.facebook.com/events/1381000722142061/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Pretoria

11:00
Brooklyn circle – down George Starrar to Totius
https://www.facebook.com/events/495830440533246/?ref=ts&fref=ts

SPAIN

Madrid is roaring with a big march

SABADO, 15 DE MARZO, PUERTA DEL SOL, JUNTO AL OSO Y EL MADROÑO, A LAS 12:00 HORAS

https://www.facebook.com/events/255804801257453/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

SWEDEN

Stockholm

13:00
South African Embassy, Sweden
112 26 Stockholm, Sweden

https://www.facebook.com/events/691574647540891/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_

UGANDA

Butogota (Rogando)
https://www.facebook.com/events/289172344565253/?source=1

Kampala
https://www.facebook.com/events/220975788082900/

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi

(New location, formerly Dubai)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1401755526741341/?ref=ts&fref=ts

UNITED KINGDOM

The UK  has 5 cities that are marching in support of Africa’s lions – London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sheffield and Liverpool. Our goal is to have a White Lion representation at each march to show our support and unity for this cause. In order to show our unity and support for the marches we will identify ourselves with White Lion Tshirts.
If you haven’t already decided to join one of the marches on the 15th PLEASE consider making your voice, your ROAR and your feet count – This is your chance to make a difference for lions and ultimately ALL wildlife.
 
If you’d like to join one of the 5 marches in the UK please contact Tracey who is co-ordinating the White Lion’s support for the marches in the UK.

Birmingham

https://www.facebook.com/events/248622171968479/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_

Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/events/1390645131187321/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_

Liverpool
https://www.facebook.com/events/377430509062800/?ref=ts&fref=ts

London
https://www.facebook.com/events/434452360015357/?source=1

Sheffield
https://www.facebook.com/events/1391615654441295/?ref=ts&fref=ts

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Austin, Texas
https://www.facebook.com/events/189255317934557/?source=1

Charleston, South Carolina
https://www.facebook.com/events/705692316147571/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Chicago
https://www.facebook.com/events/609456769126825/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Columbus, Ohio
https://www.facebook.com/events/630505866998722/

Las Vegas
https://www.facebook.com/events/1415618815343371/

Los Angeles

·         WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014  |  11am – 2pm

·         WHERE: La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Front of the George C. Page Museum at the lion statue.

·         DETAILS: The march begins at 11am. Marchers will walk down Wilshire Blvd in a funeral procession in memory of all the murdered lions to the South African Consulate then return for a rally.  The Rally begins when marchers return to the La Brea Tar Pits at appx. 12:15pm.

Our rally features 4 speakers, here’s all the info you might need about it:

Speakers at our rally in Los Angeles include actress and wildlife advocate Tippi Hedren, Founder and President of the ROAR Foundation and the Shambala PreserveMartine Colette, Founder and Director of the Wildlife Waystation and designated Wild Animal Expert for the city of Los Angeles, Catherine Doyle, Director of Science Research and Advocacy at the Performing Animals Welfare Society (PAWS), and Matt Rossell, Campaigns Director for Animal Defenders International.  Vaud & the Villains will provide a New Orleans-style funeral band to accompany our Lion Funeral Procession as we walk down Wilshire Blvd in memory of all the murdered lions to the South African Consulate, then return to the La Brea Tar Pits for the rally. Our Mistress of Ceremonies, actress and Animal Activist Georja Umano from Elephants LA, will speak about her many trips to Africa and give a eulogy for all the murdered lions in a funeral ceremony before our speakers begin.

https://www.facebook.com/events/205630696290197/?source=1

New York
https://www.facebook.com/events/234671106707328/?source=1

Phoenix, AZ
https://www.facebook.com/events/711429758877148/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Sacramento

Where: 10th St & N St.
When: 1:30, starting at 2:00 to 4:00.
https://www.facebook.com/events/289872107828517/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Seattle
https://www.facebook.com/events/628710687176472/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Tampa, Florida
https://www.facebook.com/events/638012792909115/?source=1

Washington DC
https://www.facebook.com/events/248680125313773/?ref=22

 

 

– See more at: http://www.globalmarch4lions.org/join-a-march-in-your-city/#sthash.0W7CbvCj.dpuf

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