Wednesday, August 5, 2015

One Small Step...

Hi folks..I'm making no apologies that I'm back on my soapbox and banging on again about something I feel so passionate about...it's been an emotional rollercoaster of anger sadness and despair...
but this morning there are happy tears with the news that there may yet be a glimmer of hope for the future of mankind...you...me and the millions of others across the world who have responded to this atrocity like never before may have started the winds of change blowing.
US Senator Robert Menendez is introducing a bill to ban all imports of trophies of parts from African lions and at risk species into the United States.
50 Democrat members are urging the US Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize it's proposed rule listing the African Lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning the poaching and trafficking of wildlife calling on governments worldwide to take action and tackle these challenges.
And it's great news that Virgin Atlantic...Delta...Air Canada...American and United Airlines are joining British Airways and Air France banning with immediate effect the transportation of illegal animal trophies.
I'm taking the news that the government of Zimbabwe has called for the extradition of Walter Palmer with a pinch of salt...this is a country run by a ruthless autocratic corrupt administration headed by Robert Mugabe with no respect for human life let alone wildlife. Trophy hunters travel there because too many officials are willing to sell off wildlife to the highest bidder so let's not be fooled into thinking that this is a principled forward thinking government. If they are truly serious about taking action...they should follow the lead of Botswana Kenya Rwanda and Uganda and step into a new era of wildlife watching and appreciation.  Eco tourism can have a far greater economic impact than trophy hunting and could be a sustainable means of livelihood for Africans and African economies.
Change doesn't happen overnight but if we continue to speak out I believe we can make a difference...good people CAN make good things happen...changes that will benefit all of us and make this world a better place and I can't help but think of those iconic and immortal words from Neil Armstrong...One Small Step for Man...A Giant Leap for Mankind and wouldn't that be a fitting epitaph for the beautiful majestic Cecil...the Lion King who has touched hearts across the world.
See you all tomorrow with my smiley face back on again and "hopefully" a TAG
Hugs Kath xxx

8 comments:

misteejay said...

There are times when the pen can be a mighty weapon - let's hope this really does see the US and many other parts of the world being more considerate about the creatures that we share this planet with.
Toni xx

Janette said...

I think we all live in hope Kath.....lets pray it works......x

Suzanne said...

We can only hope that positive changes to protect wildlife can be brought about by everyone speaking out. I think it's wonderful that you wrote about Cecile on your blog.

Redanne said...

Well said Kath!! Whenever I sign these petitions I do wonder if they will make a difference but so thankful that this one in particular HAS made a difference. Let's hope that the bees can be saved too! Good on you for bringing it to your blog and speaking out too! Hugs, Anne xx

Nicole Wright said...

Great post Kath. It's heart wrenching what has happened and I have a hard time seeing all the images and posts. This sweet animals death now has a purpose for change. You can add Air Canada to your list. They will not transport trophy kills. Thank you for sharing.

Karen Petitt said...

Right there with you Kath I signed the petitions and am hoping that the blooming dentist is done for killing such a beautiful animal - it's criminal and should be mad legally criminal. We are ruining this beautiful world and our precious inhabitants, sometimes I think things won't ever get better with the way certain peeps view it as their right to bare arms and kill things for the thrill of the hunt.
Standing right behind you with my banner too. Hope you have a good week Karen x

Joan said...

Well said Kath, with you all the way

Cheryl W. said...

Amen. And yet again, Amen!

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