Monday, January 16, 2006

The link between Mugabe and American big game hunters

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Essentially the story is about how Mugabe's family/cronies took over the hunting industry...

But notice the headlines?
To understand them, you have to realize that Newsweek is "liberal", i.e. hates guns, hates hunters, and hates America..(translation: It's the fault of BadBushie and his NRA friends).

"...American hunters are also flocking to private-game reserves that were seized without compensation, and sometimes with violence, from white farmers and ranchers as part of Mugbe’s radical land-reform program, which reached a peak in 2002. ....

Debate also swirls around what many industry sources call the most controversial operator in Zimbabwe: Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris. Founded by four former South African policemen and based in both South Africa and Overland Park, Kan., the company has done a brisk business taking a heavily American clientele to hunt on several ranches that, according to industry watchdogs in Zimbabwe, were seized by ZANU-PF activists and independence war veterans. Critics, including the Zimbabwean Association of Tourism and Safari Operators, say that the group uses poorly trained hunting guides who, among other violations, sometimes endanger the lives of their clients and overhunt species in violation of the Zimbabwean government's hunting rules.
Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Authority banned Out of Africa last year from operating in the country. “This is an unscrupulous organization that doesn’t respect the environment and pursues unsustainable quotas,” says David Coltart, the opposition leader.
Conservationist Johnny Rodrigues calls the company the most “flagrant violator” of hunting regulations in Zimbabwe. Dawie Groenewald, one of the founding partners of Out of Africa, denies that his company has done anything ethically wrong and says that he has been slandered by white Zimbabwean hunters.
“The white Zimbabweans hunting in Zim don't want anyone else coming in there to hunt—they hate South Africans coming to hunt in their kingdom," he told NEWSWEEK. Out of Africa's attorney, Kevin Anderson, says that “these allegations about poaching and other illegal activities have been floating around for several years and they've never been substantiated.”

My take on all of this is:
Mugabe's thugs take over private game reserves and allow hunting of protected animals...

And, unlike his other schemes, they seem to be doing it sucessfully...
Ah, but what about the poor animals threatened with extinction? Well, sorry, but I don't give a F***...when a million people are threatened with extinction from starvation, I'm not going to worry about a damn leopard or elephant. Black babies are more important to me, but then, I'm not very politically correct in these matters.

And notice that although Newsweek blames American hunters, Groenwald mentions SOUTH AFRICAN hunters?

My take in all of this?
More power to them...black entrepeneurship at it's best. Kill the F**** leopards, bring in cash, feed the hungry...
As for Mugabe, as you notice, I'm not his biggest fan...but as I have pointed out many times, better Mugabe than civil war...and in civil war, all the animals would be poached anyway...not to mention a lot more people dead of starvation, disease, and murder...

So let the hunters in, get their cash, and everyone is happy...
Now, if he can only get the Chinese to run the tobacco farms...

1 comment:

Philbert Suggs said...

I would like to get some of those animals over to America and be able to sell em for businessmen to shoot em here. If I bought an endangered Rhino over there for say about 10 grand, I could ship it over here and sell it to a game park for about $17,500 to $20,000 or so. Now that's the ticket for making some real cash. So you can help the black babies in Afreaka and I can help the rich businessmen over here feel strong!

Sports-manly yours,

Philbert

 
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