If you are a regular reader of mine, or even if you are not. I am a little Lion loving obsessed. I love Lions, I’ve got Lions all over my room, I’ve got Lion t-shirts…Lions everywhere! Although funnily, I am not a big cat person. I got upset with the whole Cecil the Lion situation…However, out of this extremely sad situation a few good things have been taking place.
This week the US House of Representative passed an Act called the Global Anti – Poaching Act. There has been a little upset with this as people have been getting it confused with the Cecil Act. These are two completely different Acts and (I believe) that the Cecil Act isn’t even is for voting until January, next year some time.
Either way thought the Global Anit-Poaching Act is an amazing Act (please read more information here H.R. 2494 The Global Anti Poaching Act). From what I can understand the Act means that while they can’t stop the illegal shooting from happening in another country, they can stop the importation of these poaches. So say that a Hunter/Poacher were to spend $750,000 on a hunt, they wouldn’t be able to bring the kill back into the country.
I personally REALLY (like you have no idea) hope this will start to deter people from, especially, illegally poaching.
I am sure most of you have heard of Cecil the Lion and the very sad story that has followed since. I clearly care about more animals and people than just “Cecil the Lion”, but if I were to post about everything I am passionate about, my news-feed postings would never end!lol…With animals (for me personally) they cannot speak for themselves, for example today, a white Rhino died the same week as Cecil…leaving 4 known left in the world, forever…We caused that, we owe these animals…So thanks for those supporting me and not making me feel bad about speaking up, cause apparently there are a lot of people who are upset people caring so much about “just a Lion”…I kind of want my children and my grandchildren to be able to see wild animals running around free…That’s just me though…I’m hoping that this tragedy will bring some good, especially for conservation!
The Australian Senate: Keep the ban on lion trophies and body parts
There was a poem written by this 13 year old boy whose wishes to remain anonymous, and for me personally, it speaks exactly to how I feel and what I think about the situation.
I am Cecil.
Naturally I am powerful.
Yet the situation was such that I am not longer alive.
Alive to hunt, alive to live, alive to be African.
I am not Cecil. But I am Africa, An Africa for you to kill, obviously.
I am every rhino and elephant that you tear apart.
I am the Ivory ripped from their faces, for you to consume.
I am rhino and elephant. I am Cecil, I am Africa.
I am sorry that we can’t defend the defenseless against people with weapons used to attack.
I am sorry that we can’t bring Cecil back.
You’ve killed Cecil.
You’re killing Africa.
I am not Cecil.
I am Africa.
I need help.*
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(Myself and my Mufusa…Click on the picture to be taken to World Lion Day twitter page)