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South Africa Says Botswana's Ban On Hunting Harmful

Animals  (tags: wildlife, hunting, slaughter, endangered, environment, cruelty )

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Botswana wants to ban hunting in view of combating game poaching, but the problem is that it is going to have a reversed effect. Kenya went exactly the same way. They also banned hunting and are currently sitting with a huge game poaching problem,

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Evelyn B. (79)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:32 am
Noted Tks. Jill... Regardless of it being legal or not legal {poaching}... the human race will still be responsible for these precious animals demise...the human race sucks....

Pat A. (117)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:49 am
A decision taken with the very best of intentions - may have exactly the opposite effect to that intended. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again! Also, in most places, game licences for hunters help to pay for the rangers and their vehicles and equipment to keep the animals in the reserves safe from poaching - where will the revenue come from now? A thorny issue....

Michela m. (4040)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 5:05 am

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:32 am

Kay M. (341)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:42 am
killing is not the answer.

Ruth C. (266)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:09 pm
Humans are at fault for all destruction in the world!

Gloria picchetti (307)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:46 pm
No no no! Hunting and poaching are both unacceptable. With hunting bans there has to be protection for the animals and strong laws that are enforced to punish poachers. It's a crisis. It's a matter of life & death. We are watching elephants & other species die before our eyes.

Henriette Matthijssen (149)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:52 pm
Those hunters & poachers needs to respect & protect all lives as their own is treasured! Life is a gift to all beings. Thanks Jill.

Krystal R. (123)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 5:45 pm
noted in dismay o.o

naomi cohen (51)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:12 pm
every damn poacher and hunter needs to have their limbs ripped off.

jo M. (3)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 7:17 pm
If bringing the hunting back is what will save the species, then they should do it.

Leslene Dunn (81)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:50 am
Noted - our bloody retarded Government needs to be hunted and poached - then see what they have to say about it. So wish that every gun pointed at an animal backfires in the face of the one pulling the trigger.

Robert O. (12)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:30 am
Thanks Jill.

Danuta Watola (1264)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:42 am

Giana Peranio-Paz (405)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:59 am
Noted Jill. Both hunting and poaching must be banned and funds should be given to rangers and parks to protect these wonderful animals.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2012, 4:07 am
I've been fortunate to have worked in Botswana for a year. It's a big place, not many people, lot's of nature. Hunters might be the only ones able to run into poachers. Maybe they should offer permits for shooting poachers, then it is a win-win for the animals and the hunters.

Sue H. (1)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:37 am
Noted. Kill everything quickly so that we humans can be the only creatures left alive. What a sorry place this planet would be then. Sometimes it seems that there are no easy solutions to being able to protect all living creatures. So sad.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:43 am
Stiff punishments for animal killing would help!!!!

Dawn M. (143)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:35 pm

Xil L. (40)
Monday December 3, 2012, 2:17 pm
some people spend their lifes protecting wildlife, others destroy it....down with animal profiteers

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.

Sara P. (67)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:16 am
Noted, thanks Jill and thanks to my friend Philip to share with me this important issue.

. (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 8:33 am
Noted - ty Jill and Sara & Philip for the fw

Richelle Rausch (43)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:27 pm
So why aren't they going after the poachers? And isn't most of the slaughterd wildlife being sold to the Chinese? They should put a ban on trade with China. Then the poachers wouldn't have anyone to sell to, and no reason to kill anymore. Or is that too simple?
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