Saving Lions at the One & Only

I am thrilled that PAL will be involved with Paws for Thought in aid of Wilderness Foundations Forever Wild Lion Conservation initiative.

World famous South African artist and PAL Founder, Conor McCreedy as donated one of his iconic lion paintings for auction and the proceeds will go directly for the Wilderness Foundation.

Curated by the One&Only Cape Town, the fundraiser evening features a gourmet menu presented by chef Reuben Riffel and paired with fine wines from the Kleine Zalze estate. What a fantastic way to help protect our last lions through art, quality cuisine and entertainment.

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Keep an eye out for a wonderful fundraising event happening from the 1st September. One of our dedicated London lion supporters will be launching her September Charity drive……….. details to follow. Your support would be incredible, thank you

regards

Steve

Three Amazing Lion Related Events in One Day!

I had three wonderful events on my birthday yesterday!

Firstly, I am very proud and pleased to announce that I have been made President of Protecting African Lions Foundation (PAL)

This is an extreme passion of mine and I know with the entire team all coming together we will make a difference, we will prevail and we will protect our lions.

The second great thing to happen yesterday was that my McCreedyMandela limited edition print arrived. It now sits pride of place in my lounge. You really should get one, they are fantastic and support a wonderful cause.

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Last but not least, I am really pleased with the response I had from my MEP Keith Taylor. It reads as so;

“Keith, and his Green colleague Jean Lambert MEP, have submitted a Written Question to the European Commission, asking them to consider revising the current EU laws on the import of hunting trophies. This is particularly relevant in light of the European Parliament’s resolution on wildlife crime, which was adopted in January. Keith and Jean asked:

‘Canned hunting’ is the practice of shooting captive-bred lions in enclosed spaces for sport. Parts of lion carcasses are then retained as ‘trophies’ and, in many cases, brought back to EU Member States by their owners.

Would the Commission consider introducing legislation to ban the import of such ‘trophies’ into the European Union? Such a ban would create a disincentive for the continuation of this abhorrent practice and is consistent with European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2014 on wildlife crime (2013/2747(RSP)), which called for a possible revision of the EU’s legal provisions governing the import of hunting trophies into Member States.

The Commission has six weeks to respond to the above question – the full question and response will be posted at the following link, under ‘Parliamentary Questions’, in due course:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/102931/KEITH_TAYLOR_activities.html

You may be interested to know that Keith, ABTA and Born Free launched a new initiative in the European Parliament last year to protect animals used in tourism, in the form of new Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism guidelines. These guidelines were developed specifically to fight against cruel practices in tourism, such as canned hunting. You can read more about this initiative here:  http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2013/06/18/new-tourism-standards-to-protect-animals-across-the-world/

Keith has commented :

“People are sick of seeing animals treated badly. It´s gratuitous to cause unnecessary suffering and upsetting, especially to children.

 These new guidelines, supported by the travel industry and NGOs alike, could make a huge difference to the lives of animals across the world. There’s no excuse for animal cruelty to play any part in anyone’s holiday.”

Keith is deeply committed to protecting the rights of animals and promoting higher standards of animal welfare across the EU, and has made this a top priority in his work as an MEP. He is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.

Animal welfare can be a difficult area to work on at EU level as, apart from farm animals and movement of animals between Member States, most animal welfare related issues fall under nation state competency, meaning that the EU has limited influence. This means that whilst laboratory animals or farm animals are subject to EU minimum welfare standards, stray animals, companion animals, animals in circuses or animals used in ‘sport’ are not.

Keith and the Greens are pledging to campaign for a stronger and more wide-reaching EU animal welfare framework law, which would cover all categories of animal that are subject to some form of human control, including companion animals, exotic pets, farmed animals and captive wild animals. This is something that the European Commission has been considering, and the RSPCA are also currently running a campaign to put pressure on the Commission for the adoption of the new law. Lots more information about it is available on their website: http://www.politicalanimal.org.uk/area/eu/european-elections-2014

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write to Keith on this important issue and please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any further questions.”

I am very pleased with this development and hope you will follow the links above to stay in touch with the situation and follow its progress.

Have you seen my photo series “I shoot animals with a camera not a rifle”? All on twitter @stevetravisuk.

More to follow soon, thanks for all your support.

One Cause, One Voice – Global March for Lions

It’s T minus 3 days since the Global March for Lions.

I have finally found the time to sit and share my thoughts and emotions about a day that was probably one of the best days of my life. The world united and gave birth to a movement of change. What started with a single persons passion for the protection of lions, to ban canned lion hunting, became an event that transcended borders, countries and continents.

The birth of the passion captured around the globe, the birth of a unified call for action, the birth of international relationships and friendships, the birth of bonds of a common goal. Circa 70 thousand people, 66 cities, 22 countries, 1 cause. Ban Canned Hunting.

Throughout my work life I have always had an ethos that essentially says, “Do worthwhile work”. Whatever we do in our lives, there should always be a reason and we should always do it to the best of our ability, make a difference and learn along the way.

On Saturday 15th March 2014, our planet united to do worthwhile work.

I am a mere drop in an ocean of humanity that flooded the world with support, passion, love and a determination to have their voices heard. There are so many people who fight this battle every minute of every day of their lives. They work tirelessly to make a difference. They are true heroes to humanity, they restore my faith, they inspire, they call, we answer, we act. It’s the small way we collectively help make a difference.

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Human spirit aside, social media played the biggest role in this entire event. 15 years ago we would have used 50 forests of trees in fax paper and letters around the world to communicate. It would have taken us 10 years to sufficiently get the message out there to have had an equal response of participants. By that time, Lions would have been extinct already. In todays world, this was achieved in 5 months. This has given us a 9.5 year head start in saving the worlds lions.

I have done so many wonderful things in my life, experienced the best and the worst of man, lived chapter after chapter in my book of life that hold the most incredible memories, lessons, loves, losses, passion, understanding, compassion, joy and serenity. However, the raw emotion, the naked love for the planets wildlife were exposed to a level I have not witnessed before last Saturday. For me, this was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. My learning for the day was that by not protecting the head of the food chain will effectively alter the entire ecosystem and balance of nature in the wild. Lose the lion and suddenly the single biggest threat (besides man) to all other wildlife has been removed. Their instincts will change as they grow accustomed to not having to be on their guard 24/7, complacency will set in, behavioural patterns will change. These, and thousands of other points, will upset the balance of nature to a point beyond repair.

I bow to the efforts, the direction, the passion shown by so many involved in the organisation of the Global March for Lions. I have the utmost respect and admiration for everyone who gave so freely and willingly of their time, their money, their hearts to this cause. As Dr Pieter Kat (Lion Aid) said in his speech in Trafalgar Square, “This is the first step”. Yes Pieter, following the birth of this movement we took a GLOBAL step. I can only imagine what power we will have when we have learnt to walk.

I posed a question on Saturday to a few fellow Global Quest Warriors (my new name for all those who joined in the march and online tweet storms). We have had Live Aid, we have had Water Aid, Comic Relief, Sports Relief, and relief effort after effort around the world.

My Global Quest Warriors, I put it to you, it is now time for a Wildlife Quest. There are many doing fantastic work for individual species world wide, well how about we put our species centric focus aside and unite for all Wildlife? Unite Lions, Rhino, Tiger, Orca, Dolphins, Wolves, Badgers, Shrews, Elephant, Pandas, Leopards, Jaguars, Panthers, Birds, Bees and every other threatened species on the planet.

I just thought I’d put it out there. Anyone want to join me on a mission to make this happen?

Thanks

Steve

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Have a look at the Global March for Lions Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to see hundreds of photos of this incredible world wide event.

http://on.fb.me/1bO6hIp Global March for Lions

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

Thank you for this wonderful piece. As a Global Ambassador for Protecting African Lions your and everybody’s support on the Global March for lions is appreciated and valued. Thank you.

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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

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Safari, Business and a Better World

My my my, how time flies.

I know it’s been a while since my last blog and there is so much to catch up on. Since we last shared this space I was fortunate enough to escape the dreaded depths of winter to the sunnier climes of South Africa.

A trip made that much more special by sharing it with my daughter Jessica. We saw family, a first for Jessica to meet her South African family all in one go, spent a few remarkable days in the Cape and then up to Gauteng to celebrate a life long friends birthday. Very special times.

However for me, the bonus was sharing a very very long day on safari with Jessica. To see her face, hear her excitement and share the space when she saw her first Giraffe, her first of many Elephant, her first Lions made the long haul journey worthwhile. We were blessed with the most incredible game viewing, including a kill right in front of our vehicle. Special times watching Mother Nature at her best.

As you know by now, my passion lies with protecting African Lions. I have enjoyed seeing the reactions on social media to my “I shoot Lions with a camera and not a rifle” series of pictures. A taster below.

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As I write the world is gearing up for the 15th March Global March for Lions. The support world wide has been growing and we are now marching in 49 Cities and being supported by thousands of like minded individuals. To each and every one of you, I salute you and thank you for your care, understanding and voice. To raise the profile of canned hunting and have this stopped around the world will give the King of the Jungle a chance of survival.

More lions are bred and held in captivity than live in the wild now. If this continues, they will be extinct in the wild by the end of the decade. The most incredible high profile people are associated with the Global March for Lions, including Chris Mercer, Ricky Gervais, Derek and Bev Joubert, Drew Abrahamson, Paul Tully, Nikki Elliot, Christine Jordaan and many many more. Your voices are being heard around the globe.

http://bit.ly/1c5MIeQ with details about canned hunting

http://on.fb.me/1bO6hIp For details about the Global March and to sign up in a city near you.

http://protectingafricanlions.org To get your bracelet of support and help support affiliated charities at the same time.

On the business side, SMT Global is up and running, the new app already on iTunes and Android platforms. I am now involved in two charitable foundations, import and export of some incredible jewellery, helping direct the development of an incredible Talent database globally, bought into a pub which we aim to grow into a fantastic group of food led businesses and oh, am still doing the day job.

All in all a fantastic start to 2014. I, for one, cannot wait to see what the rest of this year holds for us all.

See you on the Global March for Lions on 15th March 2014. I’ll be in London, see you there.

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Global March for Lions 15th March 2014

As the festive season approaches, I write with the great news that a global march for lions will be taking place in cities around the world on 15th March 2014.

There are millions of people across the world who do whatever they can to support the cause of the Lion. As previously reported, the lion will be extinct by the end of the decade, unless governments around the world make a stand against the hunting of lions as trophies, unless they pass laws to ban canned hunting and breeding and unless they make a stance against the Pro-hunting lobbyists. The sad reality is far too many governments have come to rely on the vast funds and party support that the hunting fraternity bestow upon them. Sure they pay legally for a license to kill a perfectly healthy animal, and they make bi party donations to ensure bills such as the one proposed above never makes it to parliament however the irrevocable decline in the lion population is now at a rate higher then that of the Rhino and Tiger.

Did you know that African lions are the only big cat not currently protected under the Endangered Species Act. At the last CITES conference, where lions were high on the agenda, 7 out of 32 countries spoke in favour of protecting the lion under CITIES Laws. Of the 32 countries who did not support this, 30 had previously pledged their support for the lions protection, however the Pro-hunt lobbyists got to officials and “changed” their minds. This is unacceptable behaviour.

Sure those of us who wish to protect lions don’t have the funding support of the likes of the hunters, however we do have a voice. We can continue lobbying, passively and without bloodshed, we can use social media, we can walk across the planet in support of the lion. Social media has an uncanny ability to raise profiles around the world in a very short space of time. We must leverage this support. I also feel a Global March for Lions to the next CITIES Convention should be called for, where we can actually make a stand and deliver our message directly to those who make the decisions.

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was very fortunate to experience walking with lions. The entire experience reaffirmed my commitment to these incredible animals. Their grace, power and sheer presence are awe inspiring.

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Although these beauties have been raised in captivity, following the loss of their mother to hunters at 4 months old, there is NO mistaking their instinct and ability to kill. Even a gentle playful roar ripples through every cell in your body, leaving you questioning why you willingly walked into a conservancy with lions. I would not want to have missed it for the world. My fellow Protecting African Lions (PAL) Ambassadors got as much from the experience as I did and we, the PAL team, continue to beat our drum, rallying support to protect these iconic beasts.

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An experience of a lifetime for sure.

So the challenge dear readers, please, is to do your bit by helping us on the following quests.

Follow us at www.protectingafricanlions.org and also purchase a bracelet of support following the links on the site. If you’re UK or Europe based, please contact me directly as I can ship from Oxfordshire.

Join the Global March for Lions on the 15th March 2014. There are a number of cities worldwide that have already organised walks, however if there is not one in YOUR area, why not start one. Please keep up to date and inform the Global Organisers by following their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=224817361029223&__user=1365706408

Naturally, you will find both on Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for your support, wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

regards

Steve

stevetravisuk on twitter, Facebook and instagram

Protecting African Lions (PAL) Launches in New York

The most extraordinary event of my life. That is a bold statement coming from a guy who has catered for the worlds elite athletes at two Olympic Games, operated the most incredible catering contracts on the planet and is now living in rural Oxfordshire.

My affiliation with PAL grows each day. The foundation was publicly launched, at Soho House New York, on the roof top last Friday night. Hundreds of guests turned up for the most wonderful event in the city.

Whilst I may have met the most incredible people, innovators, leaders, change managers and though meisters the entire focus was on the cause. Founder Conor McCreedy made a passionate speech and the crowd were enthralled at the video which followed.

I am thrilled we inducted new ambassadors on the night and unveiled our official video. The pride has come together, now we need to take it to you, the rest of the world.

Look at the launch video here to see the truth behind the cause and what you can do to help.

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PAL Ambassadors at the New York Launch

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To all those who attended, thank you.

We are busy planning our next launches in Cape Town and in the United Kingdom, at the most incredible venues you can imagine!!

Don’t forget you can order your McCreedy Blue PAL bracelet of support from the Lianne Landman Collection.

http://liannelandman.com/collection/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69_90&products_id=679

Watch this space for exciting news and developments as they happen

#jointhepride

Thanks

Steve

 

 

Now is the time to wake up the world!

What fantastic news I have to share with you, dear planet!

The Global Launch of Protecting African Lions (PAL) is officially taking place in New York City on 27th September 2013.

This auspicious occasion marks the public start of the Foundation, its’ ideals and the ultimate goal of protecting one of the most endangered species on the planet. The African Lion. You may think there are plenty of lions in the wild, what’s the issue? The truth is that the lion is the fastest declining wild species in the world. They are being hunted in the wild, hunted through canned farming, hunted as trophies for wealthy people (I refuse to call them human) who have no courage or conviction, just a mere desire to take what they think is theirs, no matter what it costs.

It has been proven that the hunt seasons in various African countries has actually increased local poverty as none of the income goes back into the community.

PAL aims to get protection for the king of the jungle.

I have just finished watching HRH Prince William inaugural TUSK awards where he stated how devastating it would be for a child born in recent months, as his son HRH Prince George was, could possibly grow up never having the chance to see a Rhino in the wild. FACT – the lion will be in the same situation by the end of the decade unless something is done about it.

To all the PAL Ambassadors, our supporters, our sponsors and you the general public, THANK YOU for your ongoing support. The most incredible group of people have come together from around the world to help launch PAL, including Colin Cowie, Soho House New York, Live Out Loud and Michael Eilertsen, Lianne Landman, and everyone else involved in getting the message out there. Mostly, to Conor McCreedy, PAL Founder, for his tireless work in building the team, developing the dream, eating, sleeping and living it every day.

If you are in New York towards the end of the month, then the place to be, and be seen, will be at the launch of PAL. You can come along, with 20 of your closest wealthiest friends who wish to support this wonderful cause. It’s exclusive and will be the event of the Autumn!

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As you know by now, there are a number of charities affiliated to PAL who all benefit from your support. Please share the mission we have. Tweet, Like us on Facebook (ProtectingAficanLions) and get everyone buying the PAL bracelet of support.

Have a great week and we will be sending updates live from New York on Twitter, #jointhepride

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