A recent South African Parliamentary wildlife colloquium ignored the benefits of non-consumptive wildlife utilisation as ecological sustainability was obscured by the increasing commodification of wildlife resources.
Author Conservation Action Trust
Xanda was shot just outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, near the spot his father Cecil was killed by American bow hunting dentist Walter Palmer. His death is mired in confusion, and means that his seven offspring face an unlikely future.
What will South Africa’s national parks and game reserves look like ten or 50 years hence? What is their purpose, and where will the money come from to protect and sustain them?
Botswana’s world acclaimed anti-poaching success story is being threatened by budget cuts, which have forced the elite Rhino Squad to curtail patrols and created a backlog in payments to farmers compensating for human-animal conflict.
Earlier this month, South Africa’s 2009 moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn was lifted. This ruling went in favour of private rhino owners, and makes it legal to buy and sell rhino horn within South Africa.
If cats do have nine lives, leopards are on their last. Especially the big, strong males of the species, as South Africa’s DEA seems set on reintroducing leopard trophy hunting quotas.
Animal welfare organisations are reeling from an unexpected announcement that they will no longer receive funding from the National Lotteries Commission – a decision which could also have devastating impacts on humans.
Lodges in wildlife reserves cater to tourists hoping to experience some of the most exciting wildlife sightings in the world. What’s not well known is that a reserve like Timbavati is, in terms of income, primarily a hunting destination.
If proposed new draft regulations become law, South Africa will become an almost open market for trading and even exporting rhino horn. The decline and possible extinction of wild rhinos will be in the interest of rhino breeders, who will then control the world market.
South Africa is about to open the door to the commodification of rhino horn. This follows the permitting of 800 lion skeletons a year to be exported for fake tiger-bone wine and regulations for the hunting of leopards as soon as the present year-long moratorium is lifted.
It is much easier to be cruel than one might think. There’s no doubt the creatures we farm to eat suffer, but we probably never see battery farm animals so it becomes easy to ignore. But lions? A beautiful near-endangered creature on Africa’s shrinking wildlands? Well, we drink them.
Safari Club International (SCI) will auction the lives of 280 South African animals to raise funds to lobby the Trump Administration against measures protecting threatened species like elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard.