Lions – Research, Business, Farming, Trading and Illegal trading and killings

In South Africa, research has been done, not only about the animal kingdom, but about the people themselves as well as medical research.   Onderstepoort is such a farm that did a lot of research on animal diseases and conditions in the past, as well as the making of vaccines.   There are mafia groups that do enter properties to kill lions and livestock for muti.

Three lions were killed to allow rescuers to reach the lion-owner who was killed in a game reserve between Dinokeng and Cullinan about noon on Tuesday.

Terrorists will kill all livestock, that is a business, they will destoy businesses and trucks, sometimes and mostly part of all kind of businesses in South Africa to destroy the economy.

Plaasaanvalle en moorde


Who kill whom here – which tribe kill the others? 
where are the 500 000 criminals and murderers? 
where are the investigations, the graves and families?

Estimated 500 000 plus murdered since 1994


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Genocide – Volksmoord

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Volksmoord – Genocide


Andile Mngxitama of the BLF, declared war on white people in South Africa. He associated white people with the actions of Johann Rupert and said that for every one black person that is killed they will kill 5 white people. Whether they are woman, children or animals
Blanke aanvalle en moorde


July 2019

71% of South Africans believe canned hunting should be banned, and 76% of South Africans believe canned hunting to be unethical, but there is more that you can do to prevent the lion trade!

South Africa – A South Africa without lions is unimaginable – an iconic species of the Big Five. But we could face a world without these magnificent African ambassadors, as the breeding of lions for commercial purposes continues to flourish.

“Today, the official number of captive bred lions is around 50% more than it was in 2010. Not only are these animals born to be killed, but they often live in appalling conditions and are subjected to intense animal cruelty,” says FOUR PAWS country director, Fiona Miles.

FOUR PAWS is one of the largest welfare organisations in South Africa, fighting for the protection of big cats.   The best way to protect this iconic big cat is by arming yourself with the following little known information, Miles says.

Lions are in danger

South Africa holds more lions in captivity than any other country in the world, according to recent studies. While there are about 3,000 wild lions living in national parks and reserves in South Africa, there are between 8,000 and 12,000 lions living in captivity.

Instead of contributing to conservation efforts, the overwhelming majority of these captive lions are bred for the lion bone trade and/or canned lion hunting, where about 600 -1000 captive lions are killed in trophy hunts each year.

Lions bone used in traditional medicine

Those captive lions that are not killed in canned lion hunts are slaughtered for their bones. These bones are exported to Southeast Asia, where they are used in traditional medicine.

This trade stimulates demand for lion bones and incentivises poachers to target wild lions and sell their bones into these markets. South Africa is the largest legal exporter of lion bones and skeletons for use in Far Eastern countries, with an annual quota of 800 lion skeletons approved in 2018. Lion body parts are also used locally as ‘muti’ to make African traditional medicine.

“As an organisation, we strive for a world where animals are treated with the respect and empathy they deserve. Commercial captive bred lions mean only one thing: decimating the lion populations – directly and indirectly. By allowing this industry to flourish, direct damage is being caused to Brand South Africa and the conservation image of our country,” says Miles

Unlike rhino, lion deaths are legal

International trade in rhino horn was banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1977. However, trade in lion body parts is still legal. This, despite research showing legal lion bone trade, mirrors the illegal poaching of rhinos.

There are an estimated 300 farms on which lions are bred and kept for commercial purposes in South Africa. Most breeding and hunting facilities in South Africa are located in the provinces of the Free State, North West and Limpopo.

Animal interactions and cub petting fuel canned lion hunting

Many captive lion facilities offer visitors an animal interaction experience in which they can pet a lion cub. This requires for the cubs to be removed from their mothers within a few days of birth, and the subsequent hand-rearing allows the cubs to become accustomed to human interaction. As the lions grow, they are used for other tourist activities, such as ‘walking with lions’.

Once these lions have matured and reached the age between four and seven years, they are transported to hunting areas and used for trophy hunting.

You can save our lions

71% of South Africans believe canned hunting should be banned, and 76% of South Africans believe canned hunting to be unethical, based on a FOUR PAWS survey carried out in 2015. But there is more that you can do to prevent the lion trade.

The best way to prevent this trade is to avoid any activity that includes physical interactions with lions, such as petting lion cubs or walking with lions. You can also speak out against the trade by signing the FOUR PAWS petition.

“If you can touch the lions, steer clear! A big part of many establishments is telling the public that such institutions are ‘contributing to conservation’ – it’s a lie! There is no conservation value for breeding captive held lions. Many of these facilities are the face of the captive breeding industry. Lions belong in the wild, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they stay there,” says Miles.

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14 AUGUST 2017

Chests were cut open and organs, such as the heart and adrenal glands were removed.  Four lions were killed in Limpopo over the weekend, driving speculation that body parts of the big cats are being used to make muti that reportedly gives users greater power in business and over people.   Police in Limpopo reported yesterday that two lions were killed in the Kwaggadans lion enclosure in Vaalwater, near Lephalale, on Friday night. Another pair was killed near Bushfellows Game Lodge in the Marble Hall area on Saturday.

The game farm owner in Marble Hall was patrolling the area when he came across the two dead lions. Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the lions’ heads and paws had been hacked off. The chests of both were cut open and organs were missing.    “No arrest has been made in the two incidents, but we have launched a manhunt for the suspects,” Ngoepe said yesterday. Police are also searching for the suspects who killed two lions in Vaalwater.

The suspects cut the Kwaggadans lion enclosure fence at night and poisoned two lions before fleeing. A prominent Limpopo traditional healer, who wished to remain anonymous, said certain parts of a lion are used as strong muti to cast a spell to protect people from rare ailments and to woo customers to a business.   “Other people use the muti to scare their enemies and protect themselves from attacks. In this regard, a traditional healer would use the heart or the adrenal glands,” said the healer.   Some other healers use the brains of lions to become strong, respected and feared within the community, he added.


20 August 2019

Three lions were killed to allow rescuers to reach the lion-owner who was killed in a game reserve between Dinokeng and Cullinan about noon on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.   “People on the scene confirmed they had already killed two lions. On our way they called and said they had killed three lions in total and were now able to get to the man.”   Loubser said the attack happened at a game reserve between Dinokeng and Cullinan.   He said the dead man was the owner of the lions.   “We are waiting for paramedics to arrive to officially declare the man dead on the scene.”


Questions are being asked about whether the owners of a lion that killed a woman at a private game reserve in Cullinan have the correct permits to keep the animal.  The 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by the lion on Tuesday.   The Gauteng Agriculture Department says that an investigation is underway to establish the property’s permit to keep animals.   Natural Resources Director-General Loyiso Mkwana: “We’re going to investigate the permit holder because you will keep lions under the conditions of the permit and we will establish whether there have been any violations of the permit.”


A woman has been killed by a lioness at a Hammanskraal lodge.    It’s understood the 22-year-old woman was visiting the private game reserve earlier on Tuesday when the animal attacked her.   Paramedics say they arrived on the scene and found bystanders trying to administer CPR.   Netcare911’s Nick Dollman said: “Tragically the young victim had sustained severe injuries, there was nothing further that paramedics could do to save her and she died at the scene. The SAPS from Cullinan were on the scene and are investigating the incident.   The Gauteng Agriculture Department is investigating the circumstances around the attack.   Director-general of natural resources Loyiso Mkwana said: “It is indeed very sad and regrettable. We are with the members of the family of the deceased. These kinds of incidents we should not have them and we should always have vicious, dangerous animals like lions under control.”

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This farmer did a lot of research about the lions and it was just killed and poisoned.

25 Augustus 2019

Van koning van die oerwoud tot verminkte karkasse en bloedplasse in die Bosveldstof…

“Ek kan nie die woorde kry om my woede te beskryf nie,” het Marilee van der Merwe gesê nadat stropers die afgelope naweek drie van haar pragleeus op hul plaas net buite Louis Trichardt vergiftig en daarna twee van hulle se koppe en pote afgesny het.

Marilee en haar man Bennie is al vir ‘n geruime tyd besig met ‘n navorsingsprojek vir die daarstelling van ‘n skoon bloedlyn vir leeus en om die probleem van te veel inteling aan te spreek. Die projek vind plaas in samewerking met Natuurbewaring. Die drie leeus wat doodgemaak is, is ook redelik welbekend aan inwoners. In 2017 het die  Zoutpansberger   die plaas besoek pas nadat Duke, ‘n pragtige Kalahari leeumannetjie, Lea, ‘n Kalahari leeuwyfie, en Nooi, ‘n gewone “goue leeu”, hul opwagting op die plaas gemaak het. Die drie trotse leeus is Saterdagaand/Sondagoggend wreed in hul kamp op die Van der Merwes se plaas doodgemaak.

“Toe ek Sondagoggend vanaf my honde-opleiding terugkom, het my man vir my op die stoep gewag. Toe begin hy huil en sê vir my Duke-hulle, ons kinders, is dood,” het Marilee gesê. In daardie oomblik het die nuus haar so ontstel dat sy net daar op die stoep inmekaar gesak het en begin huil het.

Volgens Marilee het die stropers vergiftigde varklewer in die leeus se kampe gegooi. Die gif, het sy gesê, was so sterk dat selfs die brommers en vlieë wat op die oorblywende stukkies lewer gaan sit het net daar gevrek het.

Met Marilee se aankoms by die leeukampe waar DukeLea en Nooi dood gelê het, moes ‘n emosionele Marilee deur Bennie bygestaan en vertroos word. Duke en Lea se kop en pote is afgesny. Vir een of ander rede is Nooi, wat dragtig was, se kop en pote nie afgesny nie. Die vermoede bestaan dat iets die stropers die skrik op die lyf gejaag het. “Ek het nog nooit in my lewe so gehuil nie. Jy kry nie woorde uit nie … ek moes hulle beskerm het! Dit is my werk en ek kon dit nie eers regkry nie,” het Marilee gesê.

Dierebeskerming is ‘n passie van Marilee. As parasitoloog het sy ook ‘n string kursusse in wildbeheer en -bestuur agter die blad en sy is by die AVCASA (Association of Veterinary and Crop Associations of South Africa) geakkrediteer. Om met die navorsingsprojek te begin het baie harde werk gevat, met DukeLea en Nooi wat spesifiek vir dié doel aangekoop is. “Ons is nie oop vir die publiek nie. Ons het net ‘n permit vir teling in gevangenisskap, wat ons twee jaar gevat het om te kry. Ons het baie geveg en baie baklei hiervoor,” het Marilee gesê.

Dit is juis hierdie passie vir die beskerming en bevordering van leeus waarom   Duke,   Lea en Nooi se dood Marilee verpletterd gelaat het. “In die publiek se oog is enige leeuboer ‘n lelike ding … Geld is nie die kwessie vir ons nie. Ons het hulle nie gekry om geld te maak nie. Ons verafsku dit as mense hier opdaag om na die leeus te kyk. Hulle is nie sirkusdiere wat geparadeer moet nie. Hulle was hier vir ons plesier en passie,” het Marilee gesê.

Oor die omstandighede wat gelei het tot die leeus se dood is daar baie vrae. Die leeus is in ‘n kamp binne ‘n tweede kamp aangehou. Al die drade was geëlektrifiseerd en gekoppel aan ‘n SMS-stelsel. Selfs al gaan sit daar ‘n duif op die draad of ‘n takkie val daarop, het Marilee-hulle ‘n SMS gekry. “Dat die leeus gestroop kon word was altyd in ons agterkop. Daar was nie een keer dat ons nie uitgegaan het as ‘n alarm afgegaan het nie. Ons maak seker, want dit is net daardie een dag wat jy besluit om nie uit te ry nie, dan gebeur dit,” het Marilee gesê.

Wat die naweek verkeerd gegaan het, weet niemand nie. Die stropers het die leeus vergiftig, die kampe se drade geknip, die kampe binnegegaan en die leeus bo-oor die geëlektrifiseerde drade uitgetrek, sonder dat enige alarm afgegaan het of SMS gestuur is. “Ons het regtig uit ons pad gegaan om die leeus te beskerm. Hulle [die stropers] is definitief goed ingelig. Dit is professionele ouens. As jy ook kyk na die snitte wat hulle gemaak het. Hulle het presies geweet waar om wat te sny,” het Marilee gesê.

Buiten vir die aanvanklike skok van die dooie leeus het daar nog ‘n skok vir Marilee-hulle gewag. Sowat 300m vanaf die kamp het die polisie Duke en Lea se koppe en pote gevind. Dit was ‘n gru-toneel, met die twee leeus se gesigte wat oopgekap is om hul tande in die hande te kry en hulle pote waarvan die naels uitgeskeur is, vermoedelik bestem vir die Oosterse medisynemark.  “Die swewende bene (floating bones) van die leeus is die duurste en mees gesogte per gram. Dit is waarvoor die Oosterse lande gaan. Dit is ‘n been in die skelet wat nie geheg is aan enige ander been nie. Hulle het nie hiervoor gegaan nie. Hierdie was nie vir die leeubeen mark nie. Hierdie was net vir die naels en tande,” het Marilee gesê.

Marilee-hulle het ná die afhandeling van die polisieondersoek op die plaas besluit om hul drie “kinders” te begrawe. “Ek het al gehoor van ander leeutelers wat in sulke gevalle hul leeus slag en die bene verkoop, maar my kinders het waardigheid. Ek het hulle begrawe,” het Marilee gesê.

Wat die toekoms betref, het Marilee gesê dat hulle sal aangaan met die projek. Hulle is in die proses om die veiligheid van die oorblywende groep leeus, almal werpsels van DukeLea en Nooi, nog meer op te skerp.

Wat moontlike arrestasies betref, is Marilee hoopvol. “Ek kan regtig vir jou sê ek is verbaas oor die polisie van Polokwane se bystand … Hulle was net so ontsteld oor wat gebeur het,” het Marilee gesê. Die ondersoek is oorgeneem deur die polisie se Bedreigde Spesies Eenheid. Teen druktyd was daar nog geen aanduiding van enige vordering in die saak nie.

(Die omstandighede waaronder Marilee se drie leeus doodgemaak is, stem ooreen met die wyse waarop stropers Popallin Ranch se totale witleeu-teelgroep die afgelope paar maande uitgewis het. Die laaste van die leeus is in Julie op soortgelyke wyse vergiftig en hulle koppe en pote afgesny. Maande nadat die stropers begin het om stelselmatig die leeus te stroop by Popallin, is daar tot op hede nog geen aanduiding van enige arrestasies nie).


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So jammer wat ons boere moet deurmaak. So word baie vee en diere se pote lewendig afgekap en ander word lewendig geslag vir organe om medisyne te maak. Dis hoe ‘n boer voel as sy vee, sy besigheid vermink en afgeslag is.  Of dit nou ‘n hond is wat vergiftig word of vee wat lewendig afgeslag word, dit bly deel van die besigheid wat verwoes word.

Duidelik is sommige bose magte daarteen gekant om te boer, daarom moet diere vergiftig of selfs lewendig afgeslag word.

Soms moet navorsing gedoen word en dis ook wat Onderstepoort proefplaas die bes gesogte plek was vir dekades in die maak van entstowwe sodat ons beter kon boer.

In Suid-Afrika is en word daar gereeld navorsing gedoen, nie net oor die diereryk nie, maar oor die mense self asook mediese navorsing.

Indoen ons nie ‘n Onderstepoort gehad het nie, was daar nie baie suksesvol geboer nie, want die proefplaas het baie navorsingswerk oor dieresiektes en toestande gedoen om die toestande vir boere beter te maak en selfs te bemark.


Torture of cattle – Marteling van vee

Vee – diefstal en diere mishandeling – SPCA

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Slagting op plase (John Boon)

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