Cecil, The Lion, A Victim Of Poaching, NOT Fair Chase Hunting

African Male Lion
African Male Lion
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation

South Africa -(Ammoland.com)- The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), a global organisation promoting the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources, is deeply concerned about the storm of misinformation of the public, which has been prompted by the illegal killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe.

The ethical, sustainable hunting of wildlife (including trophy hunting) is recognized as an integral part of wildlife conservation policies and strategies[i]. The illegal taking of game is classified as poaching, a crime, condemned and fought against by enforcement agencies and the hunting community alike.

The CIC supports and commends the Zimbabwe authorities and Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides’ Association for the swift actions in relation to the poaching of Cecil. Parties found guilty should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Vision of the CIC: A world that values and supports sustainable hunting for the benefit of people and nature.

Mission of the CIC: To promote – across the globe – sustainable hunting to conserve wildlife and wild lands, support communities and preserve our hunting heritage.

Further inquiries can be directed to: CIC Headquarters.


[i] IUCN SSC (2012) IUCN SSC Guiding Principles on Trophy Hunting as a Tool for Creating Conservation Incentives. Ver.1.0. IUCN, Gland / https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/iucn_ssc_guiding_principles_on_trophy_hunting_ver1_09aug2012.pdf

The sustainable use of biological diversity is one of the three objectives set out in the first article of the Convention on Biological Diversity: https://www.cbd.int/convention/articles/default.shtml?a=cbd-01

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2004) Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (CBD Guidelines) Montreal: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 21 p. / https://www.cbd.int/sustainable/addis.shtml

Brainerd, S. (2007): European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity. – Bern Convention document TPVS (2007) 7 revised, of 29 November 2007. Strasbourg, 28 pp. / http://www.cic-wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Technical_series_2.pdf

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Paul
Paul
6 years ago

Thanks to CIC and everyone else who engaged in the distraction game. Nothing more important going on in the world.

Russell A.
Russell A.
6 years ago

My bet is … POACHED ! … Guides that bait a lion out of a park are assisting a POACHER,… he just wanted his name in one of the record books …. yep it’s great that the guides were bagged ( assistant poachers ) .. the Dentist will probably kinda get away with this except he will have to find another career path unless someone can escort him back to the scene of the poaching to be tied up on an ant hill…. well….. my last bet is he will slime talk his way out of this . END OF… Read more »

Steve K
Steve K
6 years ago

I support the 2nd Amendment 100%, but trophy hunting tarnishes ALL gun owners, IMHO.

Ray Vaselich
Ray Vaselich
6 years ago
Reply to  Steve K

I do not trophy hunt but trophy hunters and fishermen benefit the local communities that live every day with the hunted animals. Fishing guides and hunting guides bring much needed hard currency and jobs into rural communities. Permits/fees provide funds for game management and reserves.

kimberwarrior45
kimberwarrior45
6 years ago

Please explain how this was an “illegal killing”? The Professional hunter/guide states that this was a legal hunt and that all fee and permits were paid. He admits that he should not have left the collar (that he states was hidden in the mane and not discovered until after the lion was down). Did the professional hunter fail to do something? Now if they had only ‘illegally killed” a baby in the womb then there would be no outcry.

Vanns40
Vanns40
6 years ago

I don’t believe there’s a single thing I can add, well said. I’m sick and tired of convicting this guy in the court of public opinion before all the facts are even in and if I were him I damn sure wouldn’t go back there to a kangaroo court that’s stacked against me.