" I wanted to work with a lion who was rescued from the canned and captive hunting industry. I wanted to show the world that regardless of how these lions came into existence that they are beautiful and precious. Although they will never be able to live in the wild. These lions deserve love and respect, a place in this world where they are safe and protected and not abused, hunted and killed. They are worth rescuing and more valuable alive than dead and they do not deserve the cruelty and violence inflicted on them. " - PETRO DIAMANT
THESE PHOTOS ARE PART OF AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ADVOCATING AGAINST :
The Lion Bone Trade, The Big Cat Bone Trade, Trophy Hunting, Canned Hunting, Captive Hunting, Green Hunts, Lions in Zoos, Lions in Circuses, The Trade in Lion Body Parts and Skin. THE EARTH ALIVE 365 AWARENESS PORTFOLIO FOR NEAR THREATENED & ENDANGERED SPECIES will include images of various species under threat of becoming extinct. The portfolio will be part of live exhibitions and once completed we would like to exhibit in China, America and Taiwan as these are the countries where the illegal trade and legal trade in endangered species are most active. L. Cornell is an Animal Wrangler and works in the film industry. He has agreed to collaborate with us to campaign against the lion breeding, canned hunting, captive hunting, and the lion bone trade and has rescued his lions from the canned hunting industry. Our aim is to prevent lions from being hunted and killed for Trophies and The Lion Bond Trade. This was a voluntary collaboration initiative advocating for lions and white lions and for the South African Government to ban trophy hunting and the trade on lion parts. Kindly contact Petro Diamant should you wish to know more.
- Take Note - Due to some unforeseen events. I am no longer able to continue with my original plans for this project. I encourage individuals who are in a position to help lions and rescue them from breeding facilities and the lion bone trade to get into contact with organisations who are fighting for a Ban on the Lion Breeding Industry and the The Lion Bone Trade. May lions that are bred and kept in captivity be given a chance to live unharmed for the rest of their remaining time on Earth.
IMAGE : PROPERTY OF PETRO DIAMANT & EARTH ALIVE 365
Rescued from a lion breeding farm that breeds lions for canned and captive hunting, lion cub petting and the lion bone trade. This image is part of a series of images for the Earth Alive 365 Awareness Portfolio for Near Threatened & Endangered Species.
PETRO DIAMANT & EARTH ALIVE 365 do not promote nor encourage taking images with animals. This image is used to raise awareness on current issues pertaining to the captive bred lions and wild lions in SA and is used to educate people about the lion breeding industry. We do not promote nor encourage for people to take images with wild lions and captive bred lions. We do not promote tourist establishments that offer lion cubbing or lion petting.
THE LIONS RAY - Awareness Art : Lions and White Lions
Awareness Artist for Near Threatened and Endangered Species : Petro Diamant
Lion : worked with is cared for by L. Cornell
Photographer : Heinrich Knoetze Photography - Cape Town, South Africa
Art Garments : by Petro Diamant for EARTH ALIVE 365 Collaboration Awareness Project for Lions
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"Be the guardian that walks with the wild ones" - Petro Diamant
Lions, Canned Hunting, Captive Hunting, Green Hunting, The Illegal and or Legal Wildlife Trade in Exotic Species and body parts
The fight for the protection of Africa's Lions continue. Be it for canned hunts or the slaughter of lions for the bone trade, South Africa's Lions are in desperate need of protection. While international conservation and law enforcement efforts have made tiger bone increasingly scarce, "canned" hunting and poaching has seen the demand and supply of lion trophies, skins and other derivatives soar. Lions are replacing the illegal wildlife trade of Tigers. Asian demand for tiger wine and other products is creating a crisis for big cats across the world and South Africa is feeding the trade. The proliferation of lion and tiger farms in South Africa and the associated trade undermines enforcement efforts to end illegal tiger trade and stimulates demand for tiger parts and derivatives.
"There is significant evidence that South Africa’s legal trade in captive-bred lion trophies is accelerating the slaughter of wild lions for their parts in neighboring countries and is, in fact, increasing demand for wild lion parts in Asia - a market that did not exist before South Africa started exporting lion bones in 2007. It is irresponsible to establish [a] policy that could further imperil wild lions - already in precipitous decline throughout much of Africa - when the facts are clear; South Africa’s lion breeding industry makes absolutely no positive contribution to conserving lions and, indeed, further imperils them," says Dr Paul Funston, senior director of wild cat conservation group Panthera’s Lion Program. He warned that the legalization of a trade in lion bones would stimulate the market and endanger both captive and wild lion populations.
The wilder the lion the more in danger.
"Currently, an estimate 8 000 predators are being held in cages or confined areas, and none of this has anything to do with conservation. If we don’t act now, that number could well be over 12 000 within the next few years." -www.bloodlions.org
South Africans what are you doing to protect the wild ?
" I wanted to work with a lion that was rescued from the canned and captive hunting industry. I wanted to show the world that regardless of how these lions came into existence that they are beautiful and precious. Although they will never be able to live in the wild. These lions deserve love and respect, a place in this world where they are safe and protected and not abused, hunted and killed. They are worth rescuing and more valuable alive than dead and they do not deserve the cruelty and violence inflicted on them. " - PETRO DIAMANT
I am not promoting nor suggesting that individuals go and rescue lions for the sake of rescuing. There are Sanctuaries and Ethical Lion Conservation Organizations that you can support either through funding, volunteering or support in rescue and fund the care taking of the rescued lions at their sanctuaries at their establishments. Do your research as there are many organizations posing as lion sanctuaries and lion parks who conserve the species but are not.
To inquire about my projects please make contact via Petro Diamant.
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