By Marcus Mushonga
Victoria Falls — ZIMBABWE has projected revenue from safari hunting to increase significantly this year following the ban on wildlife hunting in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia.
Hwange-Gwayi-Dete Conservancy Chairman, Langton Masunda, said the country was expecting revenue from the sector to top $60 million up from $45 million last year.
The forecasts are anchored on spill over business from the two neighbouring countries.
Botswana and Zambia have banned hunting to replenish dwindling numbers of wildlife in the two countries.
“We are expecting a 30 percent more in revenue than in the previous hunting season because of the spill overs from the Botswana ban,” Masunda said.
The conservancy is located in Matabeleland South, the heart of wildlife hunting and conservancy which is home to the Hwange National Park, the biggest wildlife animal sanctuary in the country.
It is home to the Big Five including the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion.
At the moment, he said hunting was concentrated on big animals like elephants because of easy visibility since small prey was less visible because of the thick vegetation.
Meanwhile, the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe President, Emmanuel Fundira, nonetheless warned the country might miss its revenue targets if Government did not resolve an impasse in the Save Conservancy.
One of the biggest conservancies in the country, it is at the centre of ownership wrangle between local people and foreigners operating in the area.
The locals want to be parceled pieces of land in the area under the indigenisation policy drive.
“The impasse also resulted in safari business missing last year’s projected targets of $60 million,” said Fundira.
I support the death penalty for serial killers, the type, like Ted Bundy, who acted out his fantasies of killing, mutilating, making trophies of and perhaps even eating parts of his innocent victims—just to boost his floundering self-esteem.
People like that have forfeited the right to enjoy nature’s beauty and be a part of this wondrous living planet. Bundy’s multiple escape record and subsequent violent recidivism proved that the only way to stop his ilk from killing and killing again is to humanely end their lives once and for all.
The same goes for the trophy hunter who enjoys killing elephants, giraffes, lions, elk, sheep or wolves with equal fervor. His (or her) bloodlust is never satisfied, even after they’ve committed a “Trifecta” of murders or crossed the “Big 5” African “game” species off their hit list.
Adding insult to injury, their grandiose egos compel them to broadcast their crimes across the internet, posing sadistically with their beautiful, rare, innocent victims while grinning psychopathically—showing off their vacuous viciousness. Like a serial killer who finds further fun in terrorizing their victims’ families from prison, trophy hunters get an added thrill from knowing that their grotesque, morbid, distressing photos victimize and terrorize still others who happen upon them.
The only way to rid the world of the menace of serial killers—whether their victims are human or non-man—is to execute them (as quickly and painlessly as possible, for we are not barbarians).
First, of course, we’ll have to change to laws to be consistent.
Hunters and the SCI have began a colossal lobbying program emailing and telephoning, meeting every US House representative to now try and OVERTURN the Elephant Trophy Hunting ban from Zimbabwe and Tanzania into the United States. We’re not going to allow them to win. We need YOU on our side TODAY.
Please contact the USFWS TODAY and inform them politely there is to be no ban overtur…n of Tanzania and Zimbabwe trophy Elephants.
TAKE ACTION TODAY AND STOP PRATS LIKE THIS BELOW FROM KILLING MORE ELEPHANTS FOR THE FUN OF IT.
Contact USFWS here TODAY – http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm
Dear Hunting Community.
Attack us as much as you wish, you’ll never defeat us.
International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa..
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION
by Kathleen Stahowski April 21, 2014
One woman (sporting a Safari Club International cap), one gun, one dead giraffe. One pump-my-ego photo posted and then shared hundreds of times on animal rights Facebook pages, generating thousands of sad or angry comments.
Many–distressingly many–of the responses to these vile, celebratory trophy photos are vile and violent themselves. When the killer is a woman, the comments can also be terribly misogynistic: ”Stupid brainless b*tch!” “This fat ugly b*tch should be shot!” “Shoot this b*tch!”
Another woman, another gun, another dead giraffe. Another ain’t-I-somethin’-special photo–this time, she’s grinning from atop her trophy’s body. Thousands of Facebook shares and more than 14,000 comments: “I hope someone puts a bullet in her head the weak pathetic b*tch!” “…the dirty tramp!” “Hope she dies by gang giraffe rape!” Other comments included epithets so vulgar and repugnant that I won’t even hint at them with missing letters.
What’s going on here? I mean, I get it: I’m as revolted by the gratuitous killing of animals as anyone, and I, too, struggle with feelings of contempt for these conscienceless, ego-driven killers. But responding to violence with still more violence–even if it’s just rhetorical–proves only that animal advocates can sink to a shamefully base level themselves. As for responding to speciesism with sexism–I’m at a loss. Yes, I’ve seen the comments that call into question the manhood of male trophy hunters, comments suggesting that their big, powerful guns are stand-ins for their own minuscule personal endowment. But I’m aghast at the misogynist, verbal violence directed toward women: gang giraffe rape?!? OMG.
I don’t fault the animal rights Facebook pages dedicated to posting trophy photos–they graphically remind us that callous indifference to animals is a strong, wide current running through our ocean of humanity; that people with enough money and little enough conscience are eager to lay waste to the lives of sentient others–aided and abetted by safari and hunt providers pursuing their own trophy–the cash cow. Pages like Stop Trophy Hunting Now! and Animal Shame (and probably many more) remind us that we have so much work to do combatting speciesism, and inspire us to get a move on because animals are dying.
But other than considerable Facebook traffic and abundant ill will vigorously expressed in feeding frenzies of anger, what is gained by the commentary of outrage? Preliminary research offers some indication:
One study assessed whether individuals felt calmer or angrier after ranting on an Internet site, and whether people who frequent rant-sites are more likely to have problems related to anger. The second study evaluated how people reacted emotionally to reading and writing rants online—whether they became more or less happy or angry.
“The two studies seem to indicate that both reading and writing on rant-sites tend to be unhealthy practices, suggesting persons with maladaptive expression styles”… ~from Science Daily
It appears that not much of value is gained–neither for animals nor our own emotional well-being.
I don’t typically peruse these commentary threads–they’re too distressing and life’s too short. But as a relative Facebook newbie (just over six months–late to the party again!) who just recently stumbled upon these two trophy photos via Facebook, I’m discovering the depth of malice that members of my own species are willing to express toward others. I find that I actually don’t know how to end this post because I don’t know where to go with sentiments like, “Hope she dies by giraffe gang rape!”
But here’s what I hope: I hope for more than an onslaught of online words from the multiple thousands who express their public sorrow at an animal’s death or spew their anger at the killer. I hope these many animal defenders are also acting constructively for animals–no matter how small or large those actions might be. Imagine the difference we could make! From simply speaking up for justice when the opportunity arises to going vegan–and everything in between–actions speak so much louder than words, no matter how vehemently those words are delivered.
Speciesism will be vanquished not by impassioned quips posted to photos, but by passionate acts of conscience and courage.
What Sayeth The Wise Hunter To The Young Boy?
By Gary Yourofsky
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org
All of God’s creatures have rights, a fact that most people don’t seem to recognize. This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves.
What Sayeth The Wise Hunter To The Young Boy?
By Gary Yourofsky
Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT)
Boy: O Wise Hunter, how can I learn to respect animals and to respect life?
Hunter: Buy a rifle and get a hunting license. Then hunt the animals down and kill them.
Boy: And that will help me attain a respect for animals and for life?
Hunter: Yes, of course it will, boy. Plus, if you go hunting with your father or your grandfather, then you can really bond with them.
Boy: But couldn’t I bond with them at a baseball game or at an amusement park?
Hunter: I guess so. But then you couldn’t kill anything.
Boy: O Wise Hunter, what happens to some of the deer during the winter?
Hunter: Well, some of the weak ones starve to death. And that’s a very cruel way to die. So – instead – hunters shoot some deer, cut off their heads for trophies, dismember their bodies and eat their flesh in order to save them from the cruelties.
Boy: But, uh, uh, how come hunters never shoot starving deer – only big, healthy ones?
Hunter: Uh, uh, uh, boy. Now you just keep quiet about that.
Boy: And another thing, Wise One, if hunters were really concerned about starving animals, wouldn’t they feed them?
Hunter: Let me get this right, boy. You’re saying that we should be feeding starving deer – instead of killing them? But…
Boy: Is it true, Wise Hunter, that deer-car accidents have more than tripled over the past 30 years?
Hunter: Well, uh, yeah.
Boy: But I thought hunters killed deer in order to reduce the herd so deer-car accidents would decrease.
Hunter: Well, uh, you sure ask a lot of questions, boy.
Boy: O Wise Hunter, how come the Department of Natural Resources always promotes the killing of animals?
Hunter: Well, just between you and me, the hunting community and the DNR are allies. You know, real good buddies.
Boy: You mean most of the people who work for the DNR – hunt?
Hunter: Yes, of course, boy. And those fees from the hunting licenses – around 90 percent of that money goes toward the hiring of DNR officers and the marketing of programs to recruit young people, like yourself, into the hunting community.
Boy: What about the commission that oversees the DNR in Michigan?
Hunter: You mean, the Natural Resources Commission?
Boy: Yes, Wise Hunter.
Hunter: Well, uh, eight of the nine commissioners ‘live to hunt and hunt to live!’
Boy: Ohhh. You mean, people who hunt make decisions about the fate of wild animals?
Hunter: Now, now, boy. You just keep that bit of information to yourself.
Boy: Would hunters ever try to conserve some of the land if they couldn’t hunt on it?
Hunter: Let me get this right, boy. You mean, we should just conserve some of the land and some of the animals that live on that land for the heck of it – with no killing. Uh, that would be a pretty kind gesture of humanity.
Boy: I know, Wise Hunter, I know.
Hunter: Well, uhhh…
Boy: O Wise Hunter, how can I help advance the, uh, sport of hunting?
Hunter: Tell people to have compassion for hunters.
Boy: You mean, tell people to have compassion for those who have no compassion?
Hunter: Yes, boy.
Boy: But, uh, Wise Hunter, these things you say make no sense.
Hunter: I know, boy, I know. But if we say these things enough, the public will eventually believe us and then they will make sense.
Watch The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – An extraordinary presentation on veganism by Gary Yourofsky
…hunting clubs are free to regulate themselves, to decide for themselves what is ethical. And their committee decision have the force of law. The very industry which has so ill-treated wild animals has been given the power to decide how wild animals should be treated. Like giving paedophiles the right to decide what they can do to children…
USA TROPHY HUNTERS IN AFRICA – MONSTERS OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
They call themselves conservationists. But all they conserve are their sordid commercial interests and their sick hunting culture.
Spreading out like a deadly cancer from their HQ at Safari Club International, these insidious weapons of mass destruction infect the vulnerable third world conservation structures in Africa.
The strategy of all Big Business is to seize control of their own regulatory authorities, and Big Hunting is no exception. Using stalking horses like WWF, they take over and paralyse conservation authorities in Africa, perverting conservation policies to their own brutal ends.
This evil cult – for that is what it is when stripped of its propaganda whitewash – already controls the Internation Conservation organisations like CITES and IUCN. Let’s see how:
CITES lists all big cats as Appendix I – except lions, who can be freely hunted under Appendix II. Why are lions excluded from Appendix 1 protection, when everyone knows that their numbers have declined by about 80% in the last five decades and that lions are clearly headed for regional extinction?
Answer: because the hunting industry lobbies, campaigns and threatens when necessary , to keep lions huntable.
Compare lions with jaguars. There are twice as many jaguars in central American jungles as there are lions in the whole of Africa.
Logically, lions should be listed as Appendix I, and jaguars left huntable under Appendix II.
But U.S. hunters have no interest in jaguars. Who wants to suffer the discomfort of struggling through foetid jungles, being bitten by leeches and mosquitos, in order to hunt jaguars? No one, it seems. So Big Hunting is quite happy to see jaguars placed on Appendix I.
Lions are a different commercial proposition altogether. Every US hunter wants to enjoy the pampered luxury of 5 star lodges in the healthy African savannah. So lions will go extinct because as long as there is a lion left to kill in Africa, Big Hunting will keep lions from being listed as Appendix I.
To hell with the numbers and to hell with conservation.
This is the organisation that has contributed so significantly to the decline of wild lions by adopting the hunting industry’s policy of sustainable use. This made real conservation – i.e. the preservation of natural funcioning eco-systems, irrelevant.
And when the EU was considering whether to require import permits for, inter alia, lion trophies, Dr. Rosie Cooney and the whole IUCN sustainable use gang lobbied furiously to prevent it, arguing that this would “inconvenience” the hunting industry.
Tanzanian lions are being hammered by US trophy hunters. When Dr. Luke Hunter of Panthera published research showed that the trophy hunting of lions was adversely impacting the survival of lions in Tanzania, his research permit was suddenly withdrawn. Similarly when Dr. Bernard Kissui was due to give his presentation to the Tourism Authority of Tanzania at Arusha recently, he let it be known that his talk would also refer to the damage being done to wild lions by trophy hunting. Shortly before he was due to talk, he received a threatening phone call, and felt nervous enough to delete all reference to trophy hunting out of his presentation.
Big Hunting brooks no interference!
Having wiped out wildlife populations in S.A. the hunting industry now claims credit for getting tens of thousands of farmers to stop producing food for the nation and turn to game farming in order to creat a ghastly parody of conservation – wildlife as alternative livestock. They kill off the wildlife, then bring back the lost numbers by taking the ‘wild’ out of wildlife – and have the gall to describe their obscene substitute as ‘conservation.’
For example, look at the TOPS (Threatened or Protected Species) regulations in SA. Unbelievably, hunting organisations are granted self-government. They can themselves: – ‘define criteria for the hunting of listed threatened or protected species in accordance with the fair chase principle;’
It means that the hunting clubs are free to regulate themselves, to decide for themselves what is ethical. And their committee decision have the force of law. The very industry which has so ill-treated wild animals has been given the power to decide how wild animals should be treated. Like giving paedophiles the right to decide what they can do to children.
The Protection Racket.
To protect the huntiing fraternity, SA government structures are a mouthpiece for hunting propaganda. They’ll tell you ‘canned hunting is illegal.’ They lie.
They’ll tell you that tame lion hunts “take the pressure off wild lion populations” and that if canned lion hunting were banned there would be an increase in wild lions being killed.
They lie. Actually the opposite holds true. Lion farming causes an increase in the poaching of wild lions.
Whistleblowers have come forward in Botswana to relate how, using 4 x 4 vehicles, they have chased down wild lion prides to the point of exhaustion, shot the pride adult lions, and captured the cubs for sale to unscrupulous S.A. lion farmers. The captured cubs are smuggled across S.Africa’s porous borders. Lion farmers need a constant supply of wild lions to prevent in-breeding and captivity depression in their lion stocks.
Besides, CITES scientists realized long ago that allowing captive breeding of predators for their body parts would cause an increase in the poaching of wild animals. That is why CITES decision 14.69 bans tiger farming for their body parts. So, if tiger farming is banned because it would cause the extinction of wild tigers, surely lion farming should be banned for the same reason?
Lion bone trade.
South Africa officially issued permits for the export of 1,300 dead lions from South Africa to China, Lao PDR and Viet Nam in just 5 years from 2008 to 2012 inclusive.
The SA lion skeleton is sold for US$ 1500 to a Laotian syndicate, who sells it on.
In Vietnam a 15 kg skeleton of a lion is mixed with approx. 6 kgs of turtle shell, deer antler and monkey bone and then the boiled down in large pots over a three day period.
This yields approx. 6-7 kg of tiger cake, which is worth US$60,000 – $70,000 in Vietnam.
To promote canned hunting, SA government conservation officials give permits to lion farmers to export lion bones to known wildlife crime syndicates in Asia. They seem blind to the threat of extinction to wild lions caused by the lion bone trade.
Unfortunately for lions, the Asian traditional medicine practitioners regard the bones of wild lions as being more “potent” than those of captive – bred ones. So the law of unintended consequences will apply here: as the existing lion bone trade (a spin-off from canned lion hunting) allows more and more Asians to become invested in the growing trade, so the demand for wild lion bones will grow. Prepare for a poaching frenzy of wild lions every bit as egregious as the existing slaughter of rhino.
So, US Fish and Wildife, what will you do? The case for raising the status of lions to endangered is overwhelming. Do you have the courage to break the stranglehold of the hunting bullies? If you do not, then lions will go extinct in Africa.
Chris Mercer March 31st 2014
Campaign Against Canned Hunting. http://www.cannedlion.org
By Bill Maher
[By the way, the wild boars are escapees from canned hunting compounds, like the kind that raises deer and elk for fenced-in hunting that I posed on earlier.]
New Rule: If you’re delighted to take a life, there’s something wrong with you. This photo has gone viral on the Internet because, well, just look at the size of the wild boar Jett Webb bagged in the woods of North Carolina. That’s some specimen of a pig. And the boar’s pretty big too.
It’s an 8-foot, 500-pound beauty that just moments ago was roaming proudly in the wild, and now it’s dead and I’m holding up my gun and pressing my cock against it! “This might be the best day ever!”
Now, I don’t want to blame this guy too much, because I think, if you’re from rural North Carolina and you have a name like “Jett Webb,” you’d be hard pressed not to end up in a photo like this. Plus, it’s pointed out in the article that wild pigs are an invasive species and that North Carolina is being overrun by boars – just like “Fox and Friends.”
And I get the argument that “a man’s gotta eat” and that sometimes you have to take a life to feed yourself and your family – but shouldn’t it be more of a solemn occasion?
We kill people too, when we carry out executions, but afterwards the warden and guards don’t high-five and pose with the corpse. That’s what bothers me: the trophy aspect, the absolute glee, the beaming with pride. Get over yourself. You pointed at something, pushed a button, and it died.
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