Status of Possible CITES I Uplisting for Lion
I have been searching all of the literature about lion hunting throughout Africa recently and I am not to proud to admit that I am confused and unable to figure out the truth. I could really use the good information that I have seen on this forum to help me understand the possibility, or liklihood, that lions will be uplisted to CITES I status at the 2010 CITES convention to be held in March or May, depending on who you believe.
I have hunted big game in many places. I am now looking to Africa as my next destination. I want to pursue the Big 5, and then complete the Dangerous 7. I already have a combination Elephant, Leopard and Cape Buffalo hunt scheduled for September 2010.
I have been looking at various opprotunities to hunt Rhino and lion to complete my Big 5. I have settled on a "green hunt" with a bow for the Rhino - for personal reasons I will not kill a Rhino when a viable and sporting (in my sole opinion) option exists. That is just me and I do not mean to start any discussion on that topic.
Lion hunting now seems to be a confused and contenscious issue. I am aware of the changes to regulations and the Court battles in South Africa about captive bred lions. That seems to dominate many discussion boards. But to me, the much bigger issue seems to be the possibility that lions will be uplisted to CITES Appendix I at the 2010 meeting, which was originally set for January, then moved to March and rumors seem to be that it will occur in May.
If lions are uplisted to CITES I, lion hunting effectivly ends in Africa. The US will never issue a CITES I import permit, not without years of taxpayer dollar "studies."
These are very expensive hunts. I would like to book now, and outfitters in every country where lions can be hunted have expressed interest in booking me into their camp, but little seems to be said about the CITES I uplisting issue.
Does anyone have reliable information on the status of the lion uplisting issue? I know it has come up in the past, and will probably continue into the future, but is there a general "feeling" in the Safari community one way or the other about the possible uplisting issue occuring in 2010?
With a hunt that costs upwards of $50K on the line, the possiblity that the convention could meet in May and change the rules to effectivly prohibit the import into the US seems like it should be among the hotest topics on African hunting.
Am I missing something here? I would appreciate the insight of anyone with information about the potential uplisting of lions at the 2010 CITES convention.
Thanks. This is a great forum and I hope someone can help me understand this issue and find a way to complete the historical pinnacle of African Dangerous Game hunting.