Stop Killing Leopards for Religious Clothing

Target: Jacob Zuma, South African President

Goal: Stop the slaughter of leopards for religious clothing and use humane alternatives instead

A religious group in South Africa is seen as a huge threat to the survival of the African leopard population. They are called the Shembe group, and they see the leopard as a symbolic animal that demonstrates pride and wealth. They see the fur of the leopard as an important part of their religious attire and wear it around their bodies during traditional rituals.

Leopards in South Africa are listed as nearly threatened by the International Union Conservation of Nature, and are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Under this protection, the sale and ownership of leopard parts is prohibited. However, leopard skins are being openly traded at religious gatherings with no penalties. The individuals in South Africa who continue to openly wear the leopard fur, such as South African President Jacob Zuma, have permits to do so.

Animal conservationists fear that as the Shembe group continues to grow, leopards will go into extinction in the near future. They are trying to fix the problem by finding a fake fur of similar high quality to the real leopard fur. The suggestion was brought up to the leader of the Shembe group, but he refused it. With the never-ending increase in leopard poachers, killing of leopards by farmers, and now this religious group, things do not look good for Africa’s leopards.

Please sign this petition to put a stop to the illegal killing of leopards for their fur, and to support replacing leopard fur with fake fur during religious events. Leopards will not be able to survive if the laws protecting them are not enforced.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Jacob Zuma, South African President

Hundreds of leopards are killed every year by poachers, farmers, and now the Shembe religious group. The wild leopards of Africa are being threatened by  this growing religious group because they wear leopard fur for their traditional ceremonies. It has also been reported that you wear the leopard fur, as well. As the president of South Africa, please lead by example and stop wearing leopard fur so that the people of South Africa will stop, too.

Conservationists have been working hard to sell the idea of fake fur alternatives for the religious group, but have come back with no success. If you were to endorse this idea, then it would be more accepted by the people. The laws that have been put in place by the animal conservationists will mean nothing if you do not enforce it.

Please implement the laws and force this religious group and any other group to stop killing leopards for selfish reasons.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Profberger via Wikimedia Commons

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19 Comments

  1. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with normal humans.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    – Ansel Adams, photographer.

    • Johanna Janssen says:

      You are right. Goverments who should protect the good people,whistleblowers,animals, nature, earth
      woman, children and justice in the real sense of the word seem to have turned to the opposite and became a bunch of murderers.People should UNITE and kick these so called lawmakers who invent laws at random for their own benefit OUT of their jobs or put them in prison.The good people can not tolerate the distruction of animals, justice and earth any longer.Why should the good ones live in a hell because the evil ones put us there.
      People WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!

  2. Sickening in the name of religion! You people are neanderthal!

  3. Susan Smith says:

    Very realistic synthetic fur has been around for years. Use it instead of animal fur.
    Tell President Zuma to set an example and get a synthetic leopard skin for the ceremonies. The others will follow him

  4. This pathetic mumbojumbo degrades yor country Mr Zuma , it has to stop !!stone aged ideas belong in the stone age!!

  5. Please discontinue this horrible act. What is the world coming to when innocent animals are killed in the name of religion. This cannot be what your deity would want you to do.

  6. Please, please stop doing this. It isn’t right.

  7. Would this religion disappear when all of these leopards are gone? It will be gone if these killing continues, so why don’t they stop it now. This is just human excuse or just using religion to satisfy their mental illness. They should use their own skin instead.

  8. laurel mancini says:

    Why kill a majestic creation simply to drape around a human? For a religion?

    How did such a conflicted, terrified, trembling, seriously ill species ever become top predator? (Humans, of course.) Ruled by invisible men (not women) with grisly requests for dominance. The pathetic need to be clothed in the skins of beautiful animals or draped in fanciful costumes, with feathers, teeth, claws and tails.

  9. This is no different than the losers that kill and sell and wear animal skins all around the world. This is nothing more than wanting to prance around and stand out in the crowd. An end to wearing animal skins needs to be stopped for ever no mater where they are. And to use religion to justify ones actions is pretty sick.

  10. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  11. I live in South Africa and know exactly what this feels like. This is not in the name of religion. They worship ancestral spirits and is part of the Zulu Culture. I do not believe in killing animals, faux fur is readily available everywhere but you need to know if it is faux or not. The Zulus is only one of many that does this, they also kill cattle in horrendous ways as initiation into “adult hood”. Google this and see. Our president will not listen to any petition signed that I can guarantee you. Living here I know exactly what happens. Even child rapists get free so to him and our government this won’t matter but please spread the news, sign petitions, email the embassies don’t stop fighting.

  12. any excuse to kill, wow.

  13. E’ la conferma che le religioni sono nocive in tutte le loro manifestazioni !

  14. Veronica-Mae Soar says:

    Sadly fake fur does not have the same “power”; but if the leopard means so much to these people then their object should be to protect it as an object of veneration. The live animal should become sacred and untouchable. If THIS idea can be encouraged to take root, it might JUST make a difference.

  15. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  16. Myrna Burdick says:

    President Zuma,

    The world is watching you to present yourself as a forward
    thinking leader in stopping the killing of a magnificent
    animal to wear its skin.

    The power that the leopard possesses will never be yours or any
    of your fellow religious group.

  17. Rosangela Oliveira says:

    Não use os animais em seus rituais religiosos! Os animais são seres sagrados! Isso é contra as leis da natureza!!!

  18. Lyn Greeff says:

    I live in South Africa and the backwards, retarded savages ruling our country will not heed any petition. The president is the biggest culprit, encouraging corruption, greed and violence through his inaction to do anything about anything. It is sickening and it will take another thousand years for them to realise they are screwing up. But the world wanted South Africa black, now they have it, black, dark and twisted, and with the president’s buddy-buddy alliance with the Chinese it will not be long before there is not one living animal left in this godforsaken country.

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