It’s been a little quiet here at Claws Out recently as I’ve been super busy with my work at Dogs Trust, but I was so pleased to be able to attend the Global March for Lions for the second year running!
On February 1st 2015 I left the UK for South Africa without knowing that the following two weeks would change my life. It’s been the busiest, most eventful year ever.
In August 2015 I decided I wanted to raise money for the Karoo Wildlife Centre opened by the owners of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Chris and Bev. I decided to hold a fundraiser show in Camden and donate all money to the centre, which is currently in the process of being built! The run up was hectic and I was rushed off my feet for weeks, but I’m so glad I did it because it turned out to be a huge success!
As many of you will know by now, on 17 November I travelled to Brussels to join a panel of MEPs and campaigners to fight against canned hunting and cub petting.
When I left Ukutula Lion Park and Lodge in February 2015 I was absolutely heartbroken that I had contributed to the despicable canned hunting industry when my intentions were the exact opposite. It was the worst two weeks of my life and I haven’t been able to shrug off the guilt and forget about the little cubs I worked with so I promised myself I would try and make a difference, and now that time has come.
Thank you to everyone that has bought a Claws Out t-shirt so far! I never imagined I would sell as many as I have but I’m so happy to be raising money for such a good cause. The t-shirts will be taken offline on Monday 26th October so your last chance to get one will be the Claws Out fundraiser in Camden! Tickets are only £5.00 so please come along to see some great bands and support the Campaign Against Canned Hunting. Buy tickets and t-shirts here.
Make sure you tag me in photos of your t-shirts!
As I sipped on my morning coffee and scrolled through Facebook earlier today I noticed something that made me choke with laughter and in complete shock: Ukutula are screening Blood Lions in a bid to raise awareness about canned hunting. Yes you read that right. Ukutula.
It’s been a busy few months for me (Beth!) here at Claws Out and it’s not about to slow down anytime soon…
Last week I was contacted by Brian O’Shear on Twitter to draw my attention to a petition he had started. The most obvious place to start when banning the transportation of lion trophies seems to be the airlines/cargo ships that are still allowing the shipment worldwide and surprisingly, it hadn’t crossed my mind that online marketplaces such as eBay would be selling trophies.
Today the world’s focus will be turning towards our lions, which is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness to the damage that tourists are doing all in the name of ‘conservation’.