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Lion Ark and CITES

Posted: 26 September 2016. Updated: 26 September 2016

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As the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) opens in South Africa, Lion Ark will raise awareness about animals and the enforcement of animal protection laws.

Delegates at the CITES conference are being invited to join the public at the special screenings of Lion Ark which shows how effectively an NGO can work with government officials when enforcing strong animal protection measures. The film also shows the huge public support for this work when done effectively.

Sept 29th, 6pm Cape Town: Lion Ark screening plus Q&A. Book tickets online! or call +27 (0) 021 424 5927

Oct 1st, 5pm Johannesburg: Lion Ark screening plus Q&A. Book tickets online!

Every two years, the 183 countries that are signatories to CITES, agree proposals on the international trade in animals and plants which species need further protection (including prohibition of trade) and which species will be deemed up for grabs by traders.

Key issues this year include attempts to increase the protection of elephants whose populations are being devastated by the ivory and protections for rhinos, monkeys, and lions are also on the agenda.

Lions are endangered all over the world due to indiscriminate killing, trophy hunting, loss of prey animals, habitat loss and international trade in lion products (e.g. bones). Proposals to increase the protection of the diminishing population of wild lions to Appendix I, which prohibits international trade, are being opposed by the hunting industry.

During Operation Lion Ark, Animal Defenders International (ADI) provided support to the Bolivian authorities for the enforcement of the ban on animals in circuses, tracking down and raiding circuses, rehabilitating the animals in temporary facilities and relocating them to new homes.

In Peru recently, enforcing the ban on wild animals in circuses was expanded to assist Government efforts to end wildlife trafficking. ADI rescued over 100 animals, raiding circuses, restaurants and other locations. ADI also worked with the authorities on awareness with displays at airports. There will be a short film screening about this work after Lion Ark.

Sept 29th, 6pm Cape Town: Lion Ark screening plus Q&A. Book tickets online! or call +27 (0) 021 424 5927

Oct 1st, 5pm Johannesburg: Lion Ark screening plus Q&A. Book tickets online!

Funds raised by the screenings will go towards a huge ADI construction at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, to provide habitats for over 30 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia. Donate to the habitats:

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