Power of the People

Firstly I would like to thank all of you who got involved in World Lion Day on the 10th August. The power of the people was felt across the globe and for an inaugural event it took the social media world by storm and has captured the imagination, hearts and support of thousands world wide. Thank you.

Harnessing the power of the people is what this blog is all about.

The time has come to share that the global launch of PAL will be happening on 27th September 2013 in New York City!

The most incredible bunch of supporters, leaders and inspiring individuals are all busy pulling together an event of global proportions. Guest lists are being developed, contacts called and the who’s who being lined up for a dazzling night at Soho House NY.

The reason for all of this, is to cement the PAL Foundations’ commitment to protecting the African Lion from extinction. Critical issue, without a doubt. You’ll have seen from my previous posts details about the decline of the lion population, so today is all about celebrating them and the way forward to get them the protection and recognition they deserve.

So what can you do to get involved? Well you could invite 100 of your closest friends to join you in purchasing your PAL bracelet of support for the cause and #jointhepride PAL bracelets available from www.protectingafricanlions.org

This is who we are and what we stand for:

THE FACTS

  • African lions are increasingly threatened and endangered with over 90% decline in the past 50 years and continuing. 
  • During the hunting “season” 7 male lions are killed every 2 days. 
  • Over the past 6 years around 3,900 lions have been shot as trophies and exported
    from Africa, largely through ‘canned’ hunting. 
  • There are fewer than 2,500 male lions left in the wild and hunted at a rate of 650 per
    year. 
  • In Zimbabwe and Tanzania, communities are worse off after joining trophy hunter
    projects- rural poverty increased 
  • During research periods 104 cubs are born within the prides but fewer than 10 reached adulthood due to feline AIDS 

PAL (“PROTECTING AFRICAN LIONS”)

Our Lion-Hearted Mission:

PAL is a non- profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and to start protecting lions from further decline.

We have established a foundation designed to protect lions and to become a key strategic partner for governmental and other affiliated charity programs.

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The goal of our well-researched partnerships will be to help drive awareness of PAL. Conor Mccreedy (Founder) will front the organization through his brand and global appeal. Strategic partners presently on board include those listed on the above photo.

Our first artistic collaboration, through our founder, Conor McCreedy, has created a one-of-a-kind ‘MccreedyBluePAL’ bracelet. Hand picked, renowned South African designer Lianne Landman will head up the designs, employing and empowering local women to hand make each bracelet and enjoy a sustainable income. These unique bracelets will be sold globally through www.protectingafricanlions.org or www.liannelandman.com 

By purchasing a “MccreedyBluePAL” bracelet, you will help drive our mission. Each bracelet will be sold for $21 USD. A portion of the funding will also assist other global charity groups affiliated to the project.

Now, all i humbly request is you #jointhepride and buy a bracelet now, tell your friends about it, share this blog online, tweet about it, facebook it, like it and the power of social media shall help us secure the future of the King of the Jungle.

Thank you

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World Lion Day Roars

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What an incredible response across the world for the inaugural World Lion Day last Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who got involved world wide to raise the profile of the lion and their imminent extinction. Yes, EXTINCTION! This is a very real fact I am sad to admit. In this day and age where the world is very small through the likes of the internet, I find it really difficult to accept that humanity will sit back and accept that in 1960 there were over 200,000 lions in the wild in Africa and in 2010 the census had a count of just on 20,000. Thats 180,000 lions killed in Africa in 50 years.

This is acceptable? I have an inherent fear that in the future, unless we do something about it quickly, that when visiting Africa, safari goers will be going to see the BIG 4, not the BIG 5. If rhino poaching continues as it is then it will become the BIG 3. Is this the world and the legacy we want to leave our children and grandchildren and generations beyond?

“Financially, ecotourism generates around $80 billion a year for Africa, which feeds into local communities and economies. Few people I know would bother coming on safari if they knew they would not see the king of the beasts.”
– Dereck Joubert for National Geographic

The reality is that not only do we lose the lion but a continent loses a multi billion dollar income stream that currently supports millions of people and keeps them out of poverty.

Protecting African Lions (P.A.L) may be a fantastic vehicle for sharing the plight of the lion with the world, however there are a number of affiliated charities and foundations that benefit from the sale of every PAL bracelet. The knock on effect is astounding. From the communities supported and developing through being employed to hand make the PAL bracelets to Faces of Hope being able to support cancer sufferers to UBUNTU Education Fund which helps South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children access higher education and employment by providing world-class household stability, educational, and medical support from cradle to career. The benefits go so far beyond protecting lions.

Support these incredible causes by purchasing you PAL bracelet now from www.liannelandman.com

Please share, quote, copy, forward and tweet about this blog to 500 of your closest friends. That will help us spread the word and for this I thank you.

Steve

World Lion Day 10th August

animals-lions-HD-WallpapersWell Hi all,

World Lion Day is upon us and as previously mentioned, I believe it would be fantastic to get #jointhepride trending across the world on Saturday 10th August 2013.

Your help in raising the profile to the plight facing African Lions will go a long way to us ensuring the King is protected.

Interestingly, this week in the UK, a branded cat food company has finally got behind the dire situation that Tigers face in the wild. Population now under 3,000 left in the wild, more in captivity. This is a very worthy cause to be sure, however it highlights that mankind is just not learning their lessons.

Yes, there may be as few as 20,000 lions left in the wild, however, by the end of the decade, lions will be extinct unless we do something about it NOW! Please support us at protectingafricanlions.org, wear your P.A.L bracelets of support with pride.

Irrespective of the topic, if you are on any social media site on Saturday, please add the hash tag #jointhepride so we can raise awareness across the planet.

Great news in Arizona where they are looking to pass law banning canned hunting and the breeding of lions just to kill them.

Details are

Animals are trapped within a fenced enclosure from which they cannot escape, then people go in and pay a fee to kill those animals. Many of the animals used in canned hunts come from private breeders and zoos.These are animals that are indigenous to Africa or Asia, but they’re bred here in the U.S. for this kind of activity.

Nearly two dozen members of Congress have co-sponsored a bill known as the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act, which would make it illegal to transport exotic species between states for the purposes of hunting.

The Safari Club International in Arizona has lobbied Congress and spoken out against bills that would make the practice of hunting exotic game in fenced-in preserves illegal. The organization based in Arizona is defending this controversial type of hunting that is against the law in Arizona.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/568/491/241/arizona-ban-canned-hunting/

SOURCE: http://www.kpho.com/story/16022205/arizona-organization-protects-canned-hunting