Monsters In The Playground

The other day I happened upon a story about a cat named Quattro, and to be honest it has taken me a few days to process, if I had written this any earlier it might have been filled with a lot rage and foul four lettered words. I have seen a lot over the years, things that will be with me forever and Quattro’s story is one of them. Thinking about what that cat went through made me cry, and while it’s a terrible story it’s one that needs to be shared with the hopes somebody out there knows something and that enough people can demand those responsible be brought to some sort of justice.

To date this is the information available. On May 7, 2014 Quattro the cat was beaten by grade school children (possibly grade 6) with bricks near a playground in New Jersey. Another boy witnessed this and was able to rescue Quattro from the abusers but not before the poor cat suffered deadly injuries.

Among some of the injuries Quattro’s legs were fractured, his eye so severely damaged it had to be removed, jaw fractured, blood and pus in brain and his nails ripped from his paws in his attempt to escape this vicious attack. Quattro was beaten so gravely that he succumbed to his injuries.

Cat, Quatrro, cat abused, children, New Jersey, May 2014, USA“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.” – Anthropologist Margaret Mead

For one I cannot imagine the fear or pain that this cat suffered…at the hands of children, or I should say monsters. The fact that these kids had the thought to use a brick to inflict suffering on another creature is beyond disturbing. Not only do these children need to be found and punished, their parents should also be charged. In what way are kids being raised that makes them even think about doing something like this?

Animal abuse needs to be taken more seriously as kids who commit crimes like this will likely do it again and, for the fact that animal abuse is a proven link to abuse towards humans. The justice system needs to step up to ensure maximum punishment for all abusers is more than a slap on the wrist. Society as a whole needs to work towards finding ways to make sure events like this never occur in the first place.

A petition has been started demanding that New Jersey Police start an immediate investigation to find those responsible for this crime. I am asking every person who reads this to please sign this Petition and share Quattro’s story as it cannot be allowed to be forgotten.

Finally, to the one brave child who stood up to help Quattro, thank you.

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African Lions – The US And Canada

20 years ago I wouldn’t have imagined that the African Lion would be on the verge of extinction or that people the world over would gather to bring awareness to the practice of Canned Lion Hunting in South Africa – an industry that is directly linked to Trophy Hunting.

The US imports 55% of African Lion Trophies making it the biggest player on the field and the pro-hunting lobby believe that the African Lion does not require protection nor is it endangered. They want the right to hunt and kill them no matter what the facts are, never mind morals or ethics.

Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion populations have plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to fewer than 25,000 today… by far the greatest number of remaining lion populations are small, scattered, and highly vulnerable… In fact the rate of decline in lion numbers is accelerating.” source LionAid

While there are many factors contributing to the decline of Lions, removing trophy hunting from the equation means one less pressure the already dwindling lion populations will have to deal with. The  decision on whether or not the African Lion will be listed as Endangered is still pending but if it happens it would make it illegal for hunters to import Lion Trophies into the US (it would be less appealing to hunt an animal that you can’t bring home).

Lion, Lioness, Big Cats, Save Lions, Ban trophy Hunting, Lions are Endangered, Ban Canned HuntingSo what about Canada?

I feel it’s important to be aware of what goes on in your own backyard and while the number of African Lion Trophies coming in to Canada is small, any impact on this species is clearly detrimental. Here are the stats as provided by The Canadian Wildlife Services Branch via Environment  Canada:

  • Since 2007, there have been 29 captive bred sourced African Lion trophies brought into Canada, 27 of which were from South Africa
  • Since 2007, there have been 5 wild sourced African Lion trophies brought into Canada, 4 of which were from South Africa

Hunters no matter what country they are from, are not part of the solution for wildlife conservation so please continue to be a voice for Lions by contacting the US Congress, the US Fish and Wildlife Service via email, phone or Twitter and by joining the Global March For Lions group on Facebook.

 

April Fools Day

The African Lion is heading for extinction. Sadly this is NO April Fools joke. The Global March For Lions on March 15, 2014 called on the South African Government to ban Canned Hunting, and now we are waiting on a decision from my neighbors to the south.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to make an announcement on whether or not they will list the African Lion as “Endangered” and ban importation of Lion Trophies into the US, which accounts for about 55% of all of the South African Lion Trophies. The US therefore plays a key role in the fate of these animals.

USA Trophy Hunters in Africa – Monsters of Death and Destruction  by Chris Mercer is a highly recommend read. It is an insight into trophy and canned hunting, the regulations of the industry, propaganda and the connection to the Lion bone trade. It is also a plea to the US to step up and help save Lions.

Lions, Africa, canned hunting, Endangered, US Fish and WIldlife Service, trophy hunting, South AfricaHere is how you can speak up for Lions today – Get Tweeting and ask the US to help protect them!  Just copy, paste and Tweet away!

  1. From 1999 – 2008 Americans imported 4021 lion trophies to USA. That’s >400 Lions Killed Per Year! @USFWSInternatl ‪#‎LionsWaitingToDie‬
  2. The Fate of #Lions #LionsWaitingToDie Ban Canned Hunting @USFWSInternatl @USFWSHQ @cannedlion @GlobalMarchLion pic.twitter.com/kc8vhY9lsz
  3. USA: Make Canned Hunting illegal! #LionsWaitingToDie pic.twitter.com/Vr3pBacnBQ @USFWSInternatl
  4. USA largest importer of lion parts, despite lions facing extinction in wild @USFWSInternatl List As Endangered in ESA. #LionsWaitingToDie
  5. @USFWSInternatl @USFWSHQ PLS list ‪#‎lions‬ as endangered on Endangered Species Act. BAN CANNED HUNTING @GlobalMarchLion #LionsWaitingToDie
  6. African Lion meets the statutory criteria to be listed an endangered under the ESA @USFWSInternatl DO IT! #LionsWaitingToDie
  7. @USFWSInternatl USA: make canned hunting illegal! #LionsWaitingToDie pic.twitter.com/Vr3pBacnBQ
  8. Listing lion endangered will benefit iconic animal & prohibit import to USA. DO IT! @USFWSInternatl #LionsWaitingToDie
  9. Canned Hunting-American Atrocity: Hunters pay 2 kill hand-raised,bottle-fed lions @USFWSInternatl http://www.christinabush.com/cannedhunting.html #LionsWaitingToDie