RANCHED LION HAVE HUGE CONSERVATION VALUE

The Animal Rights Brigade have been at great pains to tell the world that South Africa’s Captive Breeding of Lions Industry (CBL) has absolutely no ‘conservation value’. By that, they mean, wild lions gain no survival benefits from the practice of breeding lions in captivity. ...

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Sustainable Use Alliance Aims to Restore Integrity of CITES

Animal rights NGOs are currently exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to close down animal farms and prohibit all trade in wildlife. I am on the frontline of that battle. From 1982 to 1990, I headed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Today I spe...

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POVERTY-STRICKEN RESOURCE RICH AFRICA

The African continent has all the natural resources such as minerals and timber that the world needs and is willing to pay for. Wildlife and its products such as stockpiled ivory, elephant skins and rhino horn are in high demand. Ironically, the African continent remains frustratingly paralysed in ...

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Mis-Management of Kruger National Park

Ron Thomson writes:  "My criticism of SANParks and what I call its mis-management of elephants in Kruger National Park; and its mis-management of the national park itself, has various facets. One of those facets concerns the organisation’s total disregard of the fact that KNP has (or had...

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WILDLIFE TRADE BANS - PAVING THE WAY TO EXTINCTION

If wildlife has no value to people in rural communities, it will be eradicated and substituted with other land use options (livestock or crops) that can allow for the subsistence living of rural people.  Read why the title of this PHASA report is spot-on !!...

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Botswana’s Elephants are Dying of Starvation.

Botswana’s Elephants are Dying of Starvation. The Journal of African Elephants, in a news release dated 2nd June 2020, under the heading “Botswana Elephant Deaths Mystery Deepens as Toll Rises”.  The report by Mqondisi Dube (Voice of America) states: GABARONE, BOTSWANA: Th...

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ELEPHANT MISS-MANAGEMENT IN KRUGER

Dr Solom Joubert writes the following on elephant management in the Kruger National Park:  “Since 2010 this is my fourth submission to Skukuza on the topic of elephant management.  For the first three no response was received. They were also submitted for consideration in the revisi...

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GOOD GOVERNANCE IN THE WILDLIFE SECTOR

Is South Africa practising good governance in the wildlife sector? Or has it allowed itself to be led by the nose by the international and local animal rights community?  Read Ron Thomson's Open TGA Letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs on the topic HERE...

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CHASA ON POSSIBLE UK BAN ON IMPORT OF HUNTING TROPHIES

Stephen Palos (CHASA CEO) closes his plea to the UK government for common sense in UK concerning this matter, with the following words: "Your decision must, of course, be in the best interests of the United Kingdom. But as much as you are a nation of islands, you do not function as an island. In fa...

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SADC TO PROTEST UNFAIR TRADE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY CITES

In their Daily Newsletter of 1 November 2019, Game & Hunt writes on reaction against the continueing CITES neo-colonialist approach of telling SADC countries how they should manage their wildlife Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe are going to submit protest documents that will allow them to legal...

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CONTINUED VOTE RIGGING (BUYING) AT CITES COP 18

Emmanuel Koro of True Green Alliance (TGA) fame attended the 2019 COP 18 meeting of CITES in Geneve, Switzerland. Emmanuel confirms the continued vote buying of animal rightist and green movements through delegates and delegations of less wealthy African countries.  Especially focussed agains...

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“I HATE ELEPHANTS,”

“I hate elephants,” said Lumba Nderiki, a farmer well into her 80s, as she strolled through her modest and barren field in the Chobe enclave, a strip of mostly farmland between the river and national park of the same name. “Two simple reasons: They have widowed me, and they have l...

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HAS KRUGER BECOME JUST ANOTHER BADLY MANAGED ELEPHANT SANCTUARY ?

Introduction:  In the never-ending debate on the elephant carrying capacity of the Kruger National Park, and the results of habitat destruction due to the over population of elephant in the park, it seems no-one has considered that Kruger is not really different from a very large game ranch ...

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MANAGING THE EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF BOTSWANA ELEPHANT

Ron Thomson of TGA writes: I am amazed at how many elephant management experts there are in the Western World.  Gauged by the number of letters of advice that land upon the desk of the Botswana President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, there must be thousands.  Now we have more advice from a well...

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GREENPEACE HAS FACTUALLY BECOME ANTI-HUMAN

Dr Patrick Moore explains why he helped to create Greenpeace, and why he decided to leave it.   What began as a mission to improve the environment for the sake of humanity had become a political movement in which humanity became the villain and hard science a non-issue. THIS IS A MUST LI...

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Police are involved in perpetrating criminal violence

This is the third report of the Broken Blue Line project – the first having been published by the IRR in 2011 andthe second in 2015. As with the two previous reports, this document examines the extent to which the policeare involved in perpetrating criminal violence. As we stated in the previ...

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BOTSWANA HUNTING BAN HAS NEGATIVE EFFECT ON CONSERVATION

There is no scientific study that has so far proved that safari hunting in Botswana was carried out in unsustainable basis to warrant a ban in 2014. Conversely, there is evidence that safari hunting in Botswana was regulated particularly through the quota system to promote sustainability. The wildl...

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SALE OF RHINO HORN LEGAL IN RSA

In a very welcome decision, the Constitutional Court denied DEA the request to appeal against the High Court's decision to legalise the sale of rhino horn in South Africa.  Although this does not mean that rhino horn may be sold internationally, at least it brings some relief for South African...

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RHINO CONSERVATION IN PERSPECTIVE

The plight of the world’s rhinoceros species is one that should never have been allowed to happen. Yet, in Africa, the Northern white rhino is virtually extinct, the feisty Black rhino is critically endangered and the placid Southern white rhino has had to be rescued from the brink of extinct...

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THE HUNTER'S IMAGE (AFRICAN INDABA)

  African Indaba » Sustainable Use » The Hunter’s Image November 2016, Volume 14-4&5 Yes, a lion got killed. Yes, he had a name and was a favorite at a well-known photographic installation in Hwange National Park. He was killed in a place with no lion permit and ...

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AFRICAN COUNTRIES MIGHT DISENGAGE FROM CITES

There are clear indications that African countries are considering to disengage from CITES.  CITES has clearly been taken over by green movements and by animal rightists NGOs and seems to no longer support the African focus of conservation through sustainable use.  CITES has thus become j...

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POACHING ONSLAUGHT ON KRUGER'S ELEPHANT HAS STARTED

The poaching onslaught on Kruger's Elephant has started.  NHSA is on record as warning on this issue due to government's inaction on legalising trade in Rhino horn and Elephant ivory.  In any other manner these animals have no chance of surviving the poaching onslaught.  Poaching is ...

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FOUNDING OF TRUE GREEN TO FIGHT ANIMAL RIGHTISTS

The founding ot the True Green (TGA) is directed at totally discrediting the doctrine of animal rightsism within the public domain.  It will best be able to achieve this from the periphery; and that is where we wish to remain because that is where our attentions will be focussed. We intend to...

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HOW "ENDANGERED SPECIES" DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT

How ‘endangered species’ destroy the environment IVO VEGTER 25 MAY 2016 10:47 (SOUTH AFRICA) DAILY MAVERICK Animal rights activists, most of whom live in wealthy urban comfort, far from the realities of nature and its conservation, are destroying the ecosystems of Africa. Fo...

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RHINOS IN THE WILD LOST FOREVER IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS ?

Despite indications that South Africa will ask CITES to lift the ban on the trade in Rhino horn (our previous News Article), Cabinet has decided to not ask for the opening of the legal trade in Rhino horn at the coming CITES meeting to be held in South Africa a little later this year. Weep with us...

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MAINTAINING THE GOOD FACE OF HUNTING

With the hunting season fast approaching, we are again entering a time in which hunting and the hunter, will come under the severe scruteny of the anti-hunting lobby. In so many instances, however, we as hunters are ourselves to blame for the severe critisism hunting and the hunter is subjected to...

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SA TO PUSH LEGAL RHINO HORN TRADE

The decision is contained in National Treasury’s “Estimates of National Expenditure 2016 for Environmental Affairs”, released in February, which states “South Africa will submit its rhino horn trade proposal at Cites COP17”, The Citizen reported.  It says the pro...

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20,000 ELEPHANT POACHED IN AFRICA IN 2015

It is clear that the persistant ban on the legal trade in Elephant ivory and in Rhino horn is not working and that the massive amounts of money to be made in the Black Market for these products will keep on driving the poaching of these animals. Read the Article here...

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RHINO CONSERVATION THE RIGHT WAY

    Why the world's largest rhino farmer is cutting off their horns South African farmer John Hume says he would be "happy" to supply the criminal poaching networks driving the animals to extinction with a legal alternative and the money raised would help him protect his own he...

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ZIMBABWE MIGHT BE FORCED TO CULL LARGE NUMBERS OF LION

Reportedly the issue of Cecil the Lion has created a situation where international hunters do not want to hunt lion in Zimbabwe.  The upshoot thereof is that Zimbabwe will possibly have to cull a large number of lions.  Read here - Zimbabwe Park to Cull 200 Lions...................... &n...

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TEMPORARY STOPPING OF LEOPARD HUNTING

A number of press reports would have informed you of the interim stopping of leopard hunting in the country. The current stopping of the hunting of leopard is an interim measure of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Scientific Authority of South Africa to be able to make informe...

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