Friday, 30 August 2013
Thursday, 29 August 2013
These articles states it perfectly...
Monday, 26 August 2013
Date: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Subject: Letter to Minister van Schalkwyk - Canned Lion Hunting
Dear Minister van Schalkwyk,
Please, I beg you, bring an end to Canned Lion Hunting.
Firstly, it is immoral and a complete betrayal of our South African wildlife.
Secondly, there is a fast growing Moral/Ethical Consumer market in the world. I believe that SA Tourism is going to suffer tremendous loss due to the practice of Canned Lion Hunting. This market segment refuses to come visit South Africa based on moral grounds, just as I refuse to go visit China or Vietnam. I refuse point blank to give them my tourist dollars due to wildlife crime.
As Minister of Tourism, you know first hand that tourism supports one in every twelve jobs in South Africa and plays a meaningful role in contributing to our economic development. It is often referred to as the 'new gold' of our economy, and the total foreign direct spend of tourists has overtaken gold foreign exchange earnings.
Furthermore, I read that South Africa has earmarked tourism as a key sector with excellent potential for growth with you, the government aiming to increase tourism’s contribution, both direct and indirectly, to the economy from the 2009 baseline of R189,4-billion (7.9% of GDP) to R499-billion by 2020 (National Department of Tourism, 2012).
Yet, a potential tourist said to me recently: “I find the systematic abuse of animals completely repulsive. Personally, I wouldn't dream of traveling there, now that I know what I do.” This is just one of hundreds of potential tourists that I have heard, and thousands that I know are out there.
Sir, our Wildlife is part of our Natural Heritage. It is extremely important to us as part of our national psyche and shared culture. What would South Africa be like without our WILD rhinos, elephants, and lions? I do not think that it is right that our Wildlife has been commoditised to feed the disgusting and immoral trade in animals and their parts. Our Wildlife deserves to be wild and free in the wilderness, not farmed like livestock. Horns, tusks, and bones belong to their animals.
Our country belongs to all of its species, and it is your duty as the government voted in by the people to respect the wishes of the people and to protect our Natural Heritage. I, and many like me, want our children to grow up and enjoy the animals in their natural habitat. We also believe that all of our species have the right to exist as nature intended. South Africa would be a poorer place without the wilderness which is so much a part of us all.
You are in the privileged position to have the power to end this, and have a moral duty to protect our animals.
So much of our history is built on absolute cruelty of race on race. Let us not move forward building on the human species obliterating or tormenting the other species with whom we share our beautiful landscape, but rather in an attitude of harmonious co-existence which is more than possible if our natural resources are managed sustainably.
"True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation."
Joseph Addison, 1672-1719
I thus urge you, Minister, to do everything possible to protect our Wildlife, and thus our communities, economy, and country. I am tired of the rest of the world, specifically China, viewing Africa as a drive-through pantry. I urge you to deny access to our natural resources unless a). it is done sustainably and b). until China has closed down their ivory carving factories (which are decimating Africa’s elephants), tiger wine farms (which are now using our lions’ bones – I mean, really!) and trade in animals and their parts.
Across the world, governments are moving towards enlightenment.
India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected. They have also banned animal testing. Most of their population of 1 billion people live below the poverty line, yet they have not let economics sway them.
In Kenya, the first Lady Margaret Kenyatta has launched an anti-poaching campaign dubbed “Hands off our Elephants” whose main objective is to educate Kenyans and the world on the need to conserve the elephant for posterity.
The government of Botswana has officially banned hunting wild game for sport beginning January 2014, and their hunting lodges are becoming lodges for photographic safaris.
Costa Rica has banned animals in zoos and is sending them to sanctuaries. They have also banned shrimp fishing with dragnets.
El Salvador has banned animals in circuses.
Please let South Africa join these brave countries in taking a stand to protect all sentient beings. I would love us to be part of such a movement. A Rainbow Nation for ALL species, not just cultures.
Furthermore I would like us to inspire our neighbours to create lasting protection for southern African wildlife and a network of sustainable tourism between our countries.
Thus we need to be an example.
I believe that if South Africa puts measures in place to protect our wildlife sustainably and honestly, taking into account that the wildlife should be wild, not farmed like cattle… the tourism revenue to South Africa would increase substantially because we would capture the revenue of the Moral/Ethical Consumer market segment.
Honestly, I wish a brave soul stood up and banned the whole trophy hunting industry. I have high hopes of that for the future. I read an excellent article just today: http://www.cannedlion.org/content/how-hunting-industry-threat-our-national-interests
But please Sir, for the moment, PLEASE, just ban the canned lion hunting. It really is atrocious for the lions, and terrible for our national image.
Friday, 23 August 2013
Whole herd gunned down from the airs... matriarch, mothers, babies...
Both pics courtesy of Botswana Threatened Wildlife Trust
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Nature IS Spirit made manifest.
Nature is the source of our greatest spiritual strength.
if we lose the Wild Ones...
our Spirits will become even more fractured and distorted...
Why are world leaders allowing the desecration of Mother Earth?
They COULD stop it if they choose to.
Just as they COULD end poverty and many illnesses.
But broken people are easier to control. The more Wilderness we lose... the more broken we become. The more we lose ourselves in the Matrix - chasing fake gold, empty ideals...
The "vampire" energy, currently occupying Earth as a brutal dictator, feeds off human misery and despair. Wars, poverty, illness, twisting and abuse of Innocence - this feeds the (d)Evil and allows the Dark power to flourish and perpetuate the Misery necessary to sustain Itself and its reign of terror and fear.
By saving Nature and the Wild Ones - we are saving our Souls.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Sr Rodolfo Cumbane, from the Maputo Special Reserve, came to talk to the kids from Mapanga and Nhonguane Schools, to explain why the elephants, and nature, are important.
Clap hands! Much appreciated. Thankyou Rodolfo, and anytime you are in the area, shout! I will happily come drink a beer.
Another kindred spirit!
|Rodolfo in action|
|Innocence, a Ranger|
Friday, 2 August 2013