Friday, 12 December 2014

ZIMBABWE SELLS ELEPHANT CALVES TO ZOOS AGAIN 2014/2015








‪#‎ZimbabweElephants‬ | CALL TO ACTION!
URGENT: 36 baby elephants have been brutally captured, prematurely taken from their mothers. The babies are currently awaiting shipment to the UAE, possibly China. One of the 34 baby elephants had already died, the meat from his body eaten by his captors.
We need your HELP & VOICES to protect these babies and to stop this shipment of wildlife cargo!
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TAKE ACTION

NEW December 25: PETA Action
Save Baby Elephants Stolen From Their Families
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5803 


Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment, Saviour Kasukuwere, and ask that he release these majestic endangered animals at once.
☆ TWEET Zim Minister: @Hon_Kasukuwere
☆ FACEBOOK Zim Minister: https://www.facebook.com/kasukuwere
☆ PETITIONS - SIGN, TWEET & SHARE:
1] http://bit.ly/1s5YQVf
2] http://bit.ly/1B9b5mo
3] http://bit.ly/1yejWB1
4] http://bit.ly/12Sxdmd

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NEWS ROUND UP








‪#‎ZimbabweElephants‬ | CALL TO ACTION!
URGENT: 36 baby elephants have been brutally captured, prematurely taken from their mothers. The babies are currently awaiting shipment to the UAE, possibly China. One of the 34 baby elephants had already died, the meat from his body eaten by his captors.
We need your HELP & VOICES to protect these babies and to stop this shipment of wildlife cargo!
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TAKE ACTION

NEW December 25: PETA Action
Save Baby Elephants Stolen From Their Families


Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment, Saviour Kasukuwere, and ask that he release these majestic endangered animals at once.
☆ TWEET Zim Minister: @Hon_Kasukuwere
☆ FACEBOOK Zim Minister: https://www.facebook.com/kasukuwere
☆ PETITIONS - SIGN, TWEET & SHARE:

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NEWS ROUND UP

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The Christina Russo article on NatGeo is important information of what CITES can and cannot do as the Peak Body overseeing the TRADE of wild animals. Bottom line, they are a trade organisation and have no deputation to change arranged imports/exports as this is the responsibility of Member Parties. Note: There are no welfare rules in regards trade of individual animals except a paltry mention on the conditions of 'transport'. (JP)

Why It's So Hard to Stop Zimbabwe's Export of Baby Elephants
The export of dozens of elephants is legal under the global treaty that governs the endangered species trade.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150123-cites-scanlon-zimbabwe-elephants-china-uae-france-iucn/
National Geographic | 23 January 2015

 "So Zimbabwe isn't violating the CITES treaty—but is it ethically defensible to trade in baby elephants?

(John Scanlon Secretary General of CITES replies) I obviously have my own views of these things, but I'll express them when I've left the job. My job is to honor the convention and do my best to make sure that parties do what they all agreed to do.

I need to park my personal ethical opinion in the corner. Parties expect me to administer their rules fairly and honestly and not insert my own viewpoint into that. Whatever my personal view on whether I think this is a good trade or not, these are rules under the convention.

You can put a lot of energy into me and send me emails and Tweets, and I respect a thorough debate, but it doesn't change my legal authority. I don't have a legal authority to intervene.

They wouldn't welcome my opinion. They want me to be the secretary general and administer the convention."

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Outrage as Zimbabwe to sell 62 baby elephants, and American hunter pays $350,000 to kill Namibian black rhino
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-double-blow-for-conservationists-as-zimbabwe-to-sell-baby-elephants-hunter-to-kill-black-rhino-in-zambia
Mail and Guardian 24 | 18 January 2015
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Zimbabwe Slapped with Sanctions Over Elephant Kidnapping
Zim Eye | 17 January 2015

"More than 30 Travel Agents have slapped on Zimbabwe travel sanctions through their businesses protesting over government’s kidnapping of baby elephants to go on sale in the European Union and China."
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27 baby elephants to be exported to China

www.news24.com/Green/News/27-baby-elephants-to-be-exported-to-China-20141223

News 24 | 24 December 2014

"There are 27 baby elephants there. One has died since capture," said Mel Hood of the independent Veterinarians for Animal Welfare (VAWZ). They are all destined for China, these 27. Nobody seems to know when they're going but apparently they will be flown out directly from Victoria Falls," she told Sapa." 
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Elephants for Sale in Zimbabwe, Where Parks Are Starved for Funds
Bloomberg.com | 23 December 2014

"Buyers from the UAE are seeking 15 elephants, China 27 and France 15 to 20, (Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said. Some could be sent to private zoos after their ability to keep the animals is assessed by the Zimbabwean wildlife authorities."
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Zim moves to generate more revenue from wildlife
Newsday - 23 December 2014

"(Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said South Africa wants sables and buffaloes, China, UAE and France are interested in elephants while the DRC wants to buy ostriches. The confirmation of pending sales is likely to send the authority on a collision course with the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that is against the sale of the animals saying the country is selling the future generation’s natural resources."

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Row over possible export of baby elephants
News 24 - 20 December 2014

"If people wish to fix the problem [of live animal exports] they need to tackle CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Of course under CITES they're allowed to export. In terms of the law they're doing nothing wrong," the activist told Sapa."

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Trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe - Public statement of the CITES Secretariat
http://cites.org/eng/zw_elephants
CITES Statement 18 December 2014

Ed: Trade in live specimens is morally reprehensible, particularly those who - like elephants  are social. familial, long lived, emotionally dependant on one another. That the Peak Body of Trade in Endangered Animals has a mechanism, which countries who are Member States can capture and trade away their freedom, wild lives and they 'clarify' the mechanism of trade with NO reference to the individual lives forever ruined is a failure of humanity. Darn right 'special interest groups' are clamouring we represent the ELEPHANTS.

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Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

"For elephants, being held captive in a circus or in zoos is a fate worse than death" says renowned expert Joyce Poole.


Article: Nat Geo 17 December 2014
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Elephant family to arrive in the UAE
The National UAE. 16 December 2014 

"ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Environment and Water has confirmed that it has placed an order for seven elephants from Zimbabwe.The elephants, scheduled to arrive in the UAE soon, are of different ages and from one family group. It includes a calf accompanied by its mother." 

Note: Likely for this new Zoo.

Dubai's new Safari Park Zoo set to open next year
To house more than 1,000 animals

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Seizing wild elephants in Zimbabwe for a lifetime of captivity is simply wrong
http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/seizing-wild-elephants-zimbabwe-lifetime-captivity-simply-wrong
IFAW - 12 December 2014 

"The Zimbabwe government’s capture and export of allegedly 34 baby elephants not only poses grave threats to the very survival of those compromised individuals, but will cause deleterious harm to the families from which they were seized."

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'Zim elephant tragedy unfolds


"Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

"The demand in China for elephants is huge," Jenkin said, adding that there was tremendous wealth there and a lot of new safari parks opening." Times Live Co ZA 12.12.14

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'Zimbabwe’s Gov. Admits Capturing Baby Elephants to Send to UAE, Possibly China' - http://bit.ly/1zqr7Er

Baby Elephants Snatched from Zimbabwe National Park and Sold to Chinese Zoos' http://bit.ly/1DalSyS
To stay updated, please visit: www.socialcompassion.org to get the latest information on this gruesome situation and to stay abreast of how you can help.
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Great to see IFAWNetwork for Animals and Social Compassion @www.socialcompassion.org are on board for these little victims of greed and dissonance.
Note....
CITES Secretariat and CITES Member States & CIvil Society need to get their act together in regards capture and sale of live animals for commercial purposes under thinly disguised 'conservation' purposes with barely a nod at welfare. It is TIME to end Live Trade. Organising Works.



Outrage as Zimbabwe to sell 62 baby elephants, and American hunter pays $350,000 to kill Namibian black rhino
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-double-blow-for-conservationists-as-zimbabwe-to-sell-baby-elephants-hunter-to-kill-black-rhino-in-zambia
Mail and Guardian 24 | 18 January 2015

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Zimbabwe Slapped with Sanctions Over Elephant Kidnapping
www.zimeye.com/zimbabwe-slapped-with-tourism-sanctions-over-elephant-kidnapping
Zim Eye | 17 January 2015

"More than 30 Travel Agents have slapped on Zimbabwe travel sanctions through their businesses protesting over government’s kidnapping of baby elephants to go on sale in the European Union and China."
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27 baby elephants to be exported to China

www.news24.com/Green/News/27-baby-elephants-to-be-exported-to-China-20141223

News 24 | 24 December 2014


"There are 27 baby elephants there. One has died since capture," said Mel Hood of the independent Veterinarians for Animal Welfare (VAWZ). They are all destined for China, these 27. Nobody seems to know when they're going but apparently they will be flown out directly from Victoria Falls," she told Sapa." 
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Elephants for Sale in Zimbabwe, Where Parks Are Starved for Funds
www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-22/elephants-for-sale-as-zimbabwe-s-biggest-park-left-without-funds.html
Bloomberg.com | 23 December 2014

"Buyers from the UAE are seeking 15 elephants, China 27 and France 15 to 20, (Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said. Some could be sent to private zoos after their ability to keep the animals is assessed by the Zimbabwean wildlife authorities."
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Zim moves to generate more revenue from wildlife
www.newsday.co.zw/2014/12/23/zim-moves-generate-revenue-wildlife/
Newsday - 23 December 2014


"(Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said South Africa wants sables and buffaloes, China, UAE and France are interested in elephants while the DRC wants to buy ostriches. The confirmation of pending sales is likely to send the authority on a collision course with the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that is against the sale of the animals saying the country is selling the future generation’s natural resources."

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Row over possible export of baby elephants
www.news24.com/Green/News/Row-over-possible-export-of-baby-elephants-20141220
News 24 - 20 December 2014

"If people wish to fix the problem [of live animal exports] they need to tackle CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Of course under CITES they're allowed to export. In terms of the law they're doing nothing wrong," the activist told Sapa."

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Trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe - Public statement of the CITES Secretariat
http://cites.org/eng/zw_elephants

CITES Statement 18 December 2014

Ed: Trade in live specimens is morally reprehensible, particularly those who - like elephants  are social. familial, long lived, emotionally dependant on one another. That the Peak Body of Trade in Endangered Animals has a mechanism, which countries who are Member States can capture and trade away their freedom, wild lives and they 'clarify' the mechanism of trade with NO reference to the individual lives forever ruined is a failure of humanity. Darn right 'special interest groups' are clamouring we represent the ELEPHANTS.

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Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

"For elephants, being held captive in a circus or in zoos is a fate worse than death" says renowned expert Joyce Poole.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141217-zimbabwe-china-elephants-zoos-tuli-botswana-south-africa/

Article: Nat Geo 17 December 2014
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Elephant family to arrive in the UAE
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/elephant-family-to-arrive-in-the-uae
The National UAE. 16 December 2014 

"ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Environment and Water has confirmed that it has placed an order for seven elephants from Zimbabwe.The elephants, scheduled to arrive in the UAE soon, are of different ages and from one family group. It includes a calf accompanied by its mother." 

Note: Likely for this new Zoo.


Dubai's new Safari Park Zoo set to open next year
To house more than 1,000 animals
http://www.buro247.com/me/lifestyle/news/dubai-safari-park-opening-next-year.html

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Seizing wild elephants in Zimbabwe for a lifetime of captivity is simply wrong
http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/seizing-wild-elephants-zimbabwe-lifetime-captivity-simply-wrong

IFAW - 12 December 2014 

"The Zimbabwe government’s capture and export of allegedly 34 baby elephants not only poses grave threats to the very survival of those compromised individuals, but will cause deleterious harm to the families from which they were seized."


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'Zim elephant tragedy unfolds

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/12/12/zim-elephant-tragedy-unfolds

"Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

"The demand in China for elephants is huge," Jenkin said, adding that there was tremendous wealth there and a lot of new safari parks opening." Times Live Co ZA 12.12.14



More from Simon Bloch here: https://www.facebook.com/simon.bloch/posts/10205319791858631
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'Zimbabwe’s Gov. Admits Capturing Baby Elephants to Send to UAE, Possibly China' - http://bit.ly/1zqr7Er

Baby Elephants Snatched from Zimbabwe National Park and Sold to Chinese Zoos' http://bit.ly/1DalSyS
To stay updated, please visit: www.socialcompassion.org to get the latest information on this gruesome situation and to stay abreast of how you can help.
________________________
Great to see IFAWNetwork for Animals and Social Compassion @www.socialcompassion.org are on board for these little victims of greed and dissonance.
Note....
CITES Secretariat and CITES Member States & CIvil Society need to get their act together in regards capture and sale of live animals for commercial purposes under thinly disguised 'conservation' purposes with barely a nod at welfare. It is TIME to end Live Trade. Organising Works.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

John Gledhill | The Last Elephant DSWT Fundraiser



The Last Elephant, 150 x 180 cms by John Gledhill (Image used with permission)


Heart Land's venture to showcase 'Artists With Heart' welcomes British master artist, John Gledhill. His series of poignant works titled "Extinction Series" is benefiting David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

John studied at the Royal Academy Schools London where he graduated with a Masters in painting and won the first prize, a silver medal for life painting. He was artist in residence at York University where he also studied for his Doctorate in art history which has resulted in the publication of the book Matthew Smith ‘A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oil Paintings' 2009. His mediums are linocuts, paintings and drawings.

50% of the sale from all John's animal images are donated to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). During "The Last Elephant" campaign (until 18th August 14) he also has a selection of prints for sale in support of DSWT on the website.

See John's 'Extinction Series' paintings
and bid for the 'The Last Elephant'

Saturday, 7 June 2014

MEDIA RELEASE 7 JUNE 14 | PRESIDENTIAL ELEPHANTS





MEDIA RELEASE: 7 June 2014
By Kenesias Dambakurima, 
in collaboration with March for Elephants and For Elephants Int. 

__________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE___________

Hundreds of concerned Zimbabwe citizens hand over 8000 signatures to Minister Mombeshora’s office to save the Presidential Elephant Herd.

On Thursday 5th June 2014, Kenesias Dambakurima of Chiwundura Constituency, Zimbabwe and thousands of supporters, called on the Ministers for Land and Resettlement and Tourism to immediately evict the occupiers of the Presidential Elephant game-drive land known as State Land Kanondo, adjacent to Hwange National Park Main Camp. 

Mr Damakurima, flanked by a 30 strong contingent from the hundreds waiting outside the offices, presented the ‘Save the Presidential Elephants Now’ petition which has been signed by thousands of Zimbabweans, including many in person in Harare and over 6000 internationals. The petition calls on the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, The Minister of Tourism, The Minister of the Environment, the Cabinet and Politburo to enforce the Cabinet Directive of 3rd December 2013. The petition requests that the illegal occupier of the land, Ms Elisabeth Freeman (also known as Pasalk) be evicted as per the Cabinet's orders and the land reopened for tourism operators and the conservation project she banned. The area, adjacent to the Hwange National Park Main Camp is renown for the President’s own flagship elephant herd, which became known as the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe following a 1990 Presidential Decree, that was reaffirmed in 2011.

The Lands and Resettlement Minister, the Hon Douglas Mombeshora issued a public invitation in an article in The Zimbabwe Herald on 16 May to the conservation advocates to meet in person to put their concerns to him directly. Time constraints, for the advocates and supporters, in negotiating the handover of the petition made it impossible to secure a meeting in person. Attempts to meet with the Permanent Secretary in his stead were ultimately unsuccessful. The Permanent Secretary, Ms Mutwira, had initially informed the group that she would receive the petition in the Minster's stead, but at the time of handover sent a staff member, Mrs V. Nyamayaro, to accept the petition. As Mrs V. Nyamayaro was not a high level official she was unable to comment for the media or to the group presenting the petition. 

Mr Dambakurima stated “Of course all of us who attended the Minister's office and our 8000 plus supporters are very disappointed that despite our best efforts to engage directly with the Minister or his Permanent Secretary we were unable to do so. We have on record the signature of receipt that the petition was delivered to the Minster's Office; there is no excuse now that the Ministers and Cabinet have not been formally informed of our concerns. We have done our level best to put this issue squarely in front of the responsible Ministers.”  He went on to say “We will continue to agitate for the Politburo and Cabinet to do the right thing and enforce their own 3rd December Cabinet Directive. We do this for the on going well-being of the Presidential Elephant Herd, equity in the tourism industry for the good of the general tourist who comes to enjoy these elephants on game-drives and to ensure this prime land and until now, safe, elephant habitat is not compromised by links to political heavyweights and known unethical hunting ties."

Ms Freeman is the daughter of the late politician Isabel Shanangurai Madangure. Ms Freeman's brother is a hunter from the nearby Matetsi sport-hunting area known to have hunted without a quota.  There are ongoing fears of this claimant bringing underhanded and unethical hunting activities into this important land area, heightened by her demand that this area now be closed off to others.

“It is of deep concern that Ms Freeman has stopped the formal monitoring, recording and patrol efforts of a conservationist who had been dedicated to this work for the past 13 years. The authorities must ensure that all Presidential Elephant areas are open to this important work, which is crucial to knowing the ongoing status of this flagship herd across all land areas.” Damakurima reiterated.

Earlier reports of Ms Freeman’s connection to hunting operations, her building of a lodge (which she has called Gwango Elephant Lodge) and advertising long stay safaris all fuel the concern that this was to be no ordinary photographic safari operation. A tourism operator, who wished to remain anonymous, said “We have been bringing clients to this area for years, now these illegal boundaries are in place and we cannot access prime waterholes. Our clients, from South Africa, Zimbabwe and foreign visitors, have spent thousands of dollars to visit our lodges precisely because of where they are located. They are disappointed that we cannot take them into the prime area – it reflects so badly on Zimbabwe’s tourism sector to have one individual with political connections lock up land like this.”

Responding to the charge that Zimbabwe’s tourism industry is being harmed by advocates who speak out about the occupation of the land and voicing concerns about the safety of the herd, Mr Dambakurima, stated "We want tourism to be fair and sustainable for the operators and the animals in Zimbabwe. If the Ministers give a directive about the lands that are used for tourism, and are important to the conservation efforts of a flagship herd, then the occupiers must listen to that directive and vacate and the Ministers must enforce it. We have not gone public on this to generate bad publicity - we have done this to create the best outcome for the elephants, tourism operators and wildlife conservation efforts in Zimbabwe. It is not us that has caused this situation it is the Ministers and Cabinet for not following through on their own orders. When one woman can lock up prime land for a personal business when the area was already flourishing – that is bad for Zimbabwe Tourism and the perception of Zimbabwe as a whole towards its wildlife, and especially towards its flagship herd of elephants."
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CONTACT FOR COMMENT
CELL PHONE: Kenesias Dambakurina on:  +27833 579 901
EMAIL:  kennydamba [at] gmail.com