We Team Empower Foundation : Save Our Lions have been working on this issue since a while and especially in a situation of no successful Lion translocation in the past and tiger and bird experts trying their hands, we thought it apt to seek the intervention of IUCN – The International Union for Conservation of Nature. The letter covering the following points :
29 Serious Violations of IUCN Guidelines covering areas like Core Reason, Habitat, Climatic requirements, Animal Welfare, Social Feasibility, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Assessment, Exit Strategy etc. This could be the highest possible violation by any country on account of translocation !!!
12 Adverse Conditions in proposed translocation site at Kuno Palpur, MP. Which could lead to a failed translocation.
Serious Animal Right Issue on the SC approved proposal of translocating a pride of Lions to Kuno and every 3 to 5 years moving the Male Lion from the Wild to captivity in Zoo and by replacing a new Wild Male Lion from Gir. This has been highlighted to even People for Animals (PFA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for their attention and action.
We are not against translocation, but how and where and the end result is our concern ! We have urged IUCN to intervene in this sensitive issue and appoint International Lion Expert / team to help save the Lions from being pushed into death beds!