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Botswana Bans Wildlife Hunts

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- 2000 days ago -
The government has decided to "indefinitely suspend commercial hunting of wildlife in public or controlled hunting areas" from 1 January 2014, the environment ministry said in a statement.

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Evelyn B (79)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:34 am
Noted Tks. Jill....

Michela M (3964)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 5:06 am

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:38 am
The insanity of sports beyond me.....I just scream with rage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 11:20 am
Thank you Botswana

Ruth C (87)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:10 pm
I agree with Shelly Peterson!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:56 pm
All lives matter as it is a gift to every being from God. Taking another's life is murder. Thanks Jill.

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:02 pm
Good news! I do hope that local people will be given ways to construct sturdy pens for their livestock to reduce loss to lions- then the farmers will no longer want to kill lions in a retaliatory manner.

naomi cohen (55)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:11 pm
this is great news. it should be the same all over the world.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:58 am
Good for you Botswana - what about the rest of the world !!!!!! coming to the party on this.

Danuta W (1249)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:40 am

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Monday December 3, 2012, 4:10 am

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Monday December 3, 2012, 7:38 am

Xil L (40)
Monday December 3, 2012, 2:19 pm
Africa is finally standing up to protect its natural and historical heritage. Look at the rest of the world, where is the wildlife? African must realise the value of their biodiversity and the precious thing it is to still have it. Trading weapons for cameras will mean less income for only a few, well to do rangers and their green shouldnt mean the end of the worlds natural legacy. What on earth makes someone pay a fortune to kill a mayestic animal for “pleasure” pretending to support local economy? Why not contribute directly with a check? To have a stuffed, dead animal as a status symbol in a livingroom? if we dont mind our natural legacy, we will die of sadness. Wildlife to African is worth much more alive than dead. Westeners might have a flatscreen or an ibook but what value is that of compared to a mayestic generation of elephants, tigers, lion, giraffs, rhinos who the world will flock to see and take pictures of? In fact, all we have as westeners is the flatscreen to see these beautiful animals, dreaming of on day going to frica to witness them for ourselfes. Id Africa could open up markets for camera safaris of all budgets, the revenues are guaranteed and not only the wildlife but also the habitat stands a chance of protection. I find it utterly distasteful of so called civilized business men and industrials to stlll, in 2012, endorse the killing of wildlife for “sport” or “entertainement”, quite frankly you digust me as do your wifes all covered in fur. What do you think gives you the right to exterminate our natural heritage for vanity? You are not only displaying ignorance and arrogance but you are crushing the african identity and history. Pro-hunting arguments above are exclusively done by white middle-aged men with personal interest in such slaughter or the industries that derive from it such as weapons and amunition. Most hunting lodges are infact sponsored by armsdealers (american and russian) , insurance companies, petfood and a few car manufacturers. While many other values born under this old continent mentality might have historical excuses to prevail, hunting has no more place in time under todays circumstances. Those who blindly adhere to such pastimes blatantly display vulgar ignorance and unsustainable greed. Their options are to finance santuaries or photo safaris upon which local comunities can make a living whilst safeguarding global biodiversity and national identity. I commend the African leaders who have finally come to this conclusion and who turn down short term western profits in favour of longterm global profits, defending the lands in which they were born, the interest of their people and the mayestic wildlife they inherited. It warms my heart and gives me faith to see them realizing that a pair of designer sunglasses or a flashy car a hunting licence or a poaching deal can buy is worth nothing compared to a gracing elephant and its cub, a heard of zebras in the morning light, the prehistoric siluette of a rhino, the look of a gorilla protective of his family or the sound of a roaring tiger and that these are the true, invaluable and unique assets of Africa today. Foreigners should be so lucky to be able to visit Africa and witness them, not think their filthy money can find its way around laws and decency, corrupting even the purests of hearts with a bundle of blodstained dollars. Africans are realizing that it is up to them to decide which attitudes and businessdeals are worthy to be welcomed into their very select clubs. Their natural ressources (wildlife, wood, minerals etc) will come under increased pressure as diminishing ressources of other nations run out or are preserved or defended for national use or exported for income. I feel the international interactions that have already taken place in Africa, despite damage, pollution, human right breaches, and wildlife slaughter, will nevertheless be just what africa needs to fully see the scale of the value of their own resources on the international market today and that they will show the world that they have learnt not to sell themselves short or that they would do so for vulgar western status displays. i also feel that those “leaders” who still fall under the spell of short term profit regardless of their countries demise are soon to be substituted by worthy men and women as heads of state. You are no indigenous people settling for glassbeads, you are kings and queens of the cradle of humanity and one of the last paradises on earth. By taking the money of hunters, you are shooting at your spiritual and natural history. Do whats right with your time in power.

Yumana Yunes (197)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:25 am
We're changing the world for good!

Takako M (148)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:10 am
Noted, thanks

. (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 8:35 am
Noted - ty Jill and Sara & Philip for the fw

Richelle Rausch (43)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:30 pm
It's about time! Thank you
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