WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUNTING AN ENDANGERED RHINO AND POACHING AN ENDANGERED RHINO?

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Cape Town – In November last year, presenter and self-styled hardcore huntress, Melissa Bachman, caused global outrage when she posted a photo on Facebook of herself posing with a magnificent maned lion she had shot and killed at Maroi Conservancy in Limpopo, South Africa.

In light of the widespread critique Bachman’s hunt received, it comes as quite a surprise that now, less than two months later, a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia has fetched US$350 000 (R3.7m) at an auction held by the Dallas Safari Club in the US.

MY COMMENT: Hunting a black Rhino is sick, your core focus should be the exact opposite, to auction your life for (R7.4m) in aid of conserving our Rhino which has reached devastating proportions to the point of being uncontrollable & near extinction. AS YOU ARE AWARE, THE WESTERN BLACK RHINO HAS ALREADY REACHED THIS CRITICAL LEVEL OF EXTINCTION.

While the auction was met by similar response from animal rights groups and conservationists, with certain members of the Safari Club even receiving death threats, the fact that it was held in the first place calls into question the authority of conservation heavyweights.

MY COMMENT: “remember that Rhinos are endangered species listed by CITIES”, law and order would be the first approach to fix any problem!

While dedicate influential individuals do join forces with world conservation bodies to protect endangered species, why is support from lawmakers so lacking in this regard?

MY COMMENT: lacking is an understatement!

As Jeffrey Flocken, North American regional director of the Massachusetts-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), pointed out: “This auction is telling the world that an American will pay anything to kill their species.” He added that it was, in fact, making a spectacle of killing an endangered species.

MY COMMENT: killing for fun is seems to be the new commodity, its endangered worth a fortune, let’s kill it. Modern lives of the wealthy have become boring or greedy.
According to a report, Ben Carter, executive director of the Safari Club, has defended the auction, saying that all money raised will go toward protecting the species that has been the target of a widespread poaching scourge, as rhino horn is believed to hold medicinal value in certain cultures.

MY COMMENT: what is the difference between hunting a rhino and poaching a rhino? The unacceptable poacher still poachers the horn for medicinal purposes where for your auction, what was used? I doubt anyone ate the meat! Whatever made you think of taking a life to raise money is doing good? must be related to your upbringing!!!

He also said the rhino that the winner will be allowed to hunt is old, male and non-breeding – and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife.

MY COMMENT: you are stupid, rhinos are naturally aggressive, and how many excuses do you need to cover up an act of greed. Remove the rhino at most, you are not god, you have no right to take a life for the sake of age and stagnant breeding purposes.

Killing one older male rhino that’s no longer able to breed, the club says, will benefit the rest of the herd. That’s because older males often remain territorial and sometimes kill younger male rhinos.

MY COMMENT: it’s about the amount of rhinos we have left, introduce the rhino to another farm where there are no rhinos or young, than take an innocent life. Was the last Dodo bird killed because it was no longer able to breed?

However, considering that only 4 000 black rhinos remain in the wild, world-wide (down from 70 000 in the 1960s) and less than 1 800 in Namibia, one can’t help but feel that culling even one of these rare creatures is making a critical dent in the population.

Do you think the fact that an animal is old, aggressive and non-breeding makes it okay to hunt an endangered species?

 

 

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LIFE TIME FRIENDS PARTED BY THE GREED OF POACHERS….

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Sir Fabian the rhino was killed near Mossel Bay in the Garden Route on Sunday. He was  something of a celebrity because of his apparent friendship with a pug named Madam Gigi.

Cape Town – A seven-year-old white rhino bull, Sir Fabian – known by visitors for his unlikely friendship with a pug puppy – has been killed by poachers in a Garden Route reserve.

The Nyaru Game Lodge near Mossel Bay had sold the rest of their rhinos in an attempt to keep poachers at bay, but kept Sir Fabian because of his popularity with visitors.

The Department of Environmental Affairs said it was the first rhino killed for its horns in the Western Cape in more than a year, bringing the national total this month alone to more than 40 after 1 004 were slaughtered countrywide last year.

Sir Fabian’s carcass was discovered during a game drive by rangers late on Monday afternoon.

Nyaru owner Ruan Fouché said: “We are so shocked. The farm is in the middle of nowhere and Sir Fabian was our only rhino after we sold two others when poaching started to intensify in the country. We believe he was killed on Sunday.”

He said an autopsy was being done to determine the cause of death. “At this stage we are not sure if he was shot or darted. He didn’t bleed to death, because the horn was removed very carefully. The poachers knew exactly what they were doing.

“The smaller horn was not removed, leading us to believe the poachers might have been interrupted. We had rangers sleep next to the carcass on Monday night in case they returned to finish what they started.”

He said the incident was especially tragic because of the bond Sir Fabian shared with the farm’s pug puppy Madam Gigi.

While Sir Fabian usually had a placid temperament and frequently visited the main lodge, he could become cantankerous at times, but Madam Gigi “had a way of taming the beast”.

“Madam Gigi became part of the Nyaru family around Christmas 2012. From day one it became quite clear to everyone this small pug had a huge personality. One day, two-ton Sir Fabian went for his supplementary feed in front of the lodge.

“Madam Gigi, still a puppy, saw him and ran towards him, and there, right in front of the staff’s eyes, something remarkable clicked between the two. Sir Fabian watched, stunned and in awe, when this small black creature in her pink winter outfit approached. A lot of sniffing, huffing and puffing took place. But from that moment, the two unlikely friends became inseparable.

“Whenever Fabian came to a visit Madam Gigi, she would run up to him, give him a lick, chew lucerne with him and play with him. He would follow her around for a while before disappearing for his daily mud spa in the bush.”

Fouché said staff had been saddened by the incident. “You come to love an animal like that. Every day at about 7pm Sir Fabian used to make his way to the restaurant at the lodge for his food. He will be missed.”

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Masters of the Bush / Save the Rhino Song

Herman van Deventer – Devoted lover of Rhinos

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND – THE LEGAL WAY OR THE POACHERS WAY?

I urge you to make a choice – “Alive without a Horn” – or – “Dead without a Horn”

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1.     It must surely be common sense that if you have a supply to a market and you cut that supply, the demand will find an alternative source of supply.

2.     If we cut the supply of chickens from South Africa, the demand will find an alternative supply from Brazil.

3.     If we cut the supply of mutton from South Africa, the demand will find a supply from New Zealand.

4.     We have cut the supply of rhino horn from South Africa and the demand has found an alternative supply from the poachers.

5.     We have been putting that supply into stockpiles and because we have cut the supply from a supply line where very few rhinos died, the demand has found an alternative supply from the poachers where all the rhino die.

6.     The problem is that we are losing the very animals that could save the species and if we continue with this folly for much longer we will be responsible for the extinction of our rhino.  This iconic animal certainly does not deserve that; therefore we need to wake up in time to save it.

7.     Therefore it is common sense that anyone who is against the legal supply from a source where very few rhinos die, is justifying the illegal supply from poachers (where all the rhinos die) and has the blood of our beloved rhinos on their hands.

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ELEPHANT KILLER – KING JUAN CARLOS OF SPAIN

 

Spain's King Juan Carlos has successfully undergone hip replacement surgery

Spain’s King Juan Carlos poses in front of a dead elephant on a hunting trip in Botswana, Africa.
While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country’s royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital.

The 74-year-old monarch’s fall in a park in Botswana provided an excuse for Spanish newspapers, who normally treat their royal family with kid gloves, to plaster their pages with photos of the king standing proudly in front of a dead elephant.

The photograph came from the website of Botswana-based Rann Safaris, which had been taken down by Sunday. The pictures, taken before the latest hunting trip, also showed the king with two dead African buffaloes.

Shoots with Rann Safaris cost upwards of $8,700(£5,500) a week, with an elephant costing a further $15,000 to kill. A day out with professional hunter Jeff Rann, pictured with the king, costs a further $2,000.

The king’s accident, after which he was flown back to Madrid for a hip operation, came days after his grandson, 13-year-old Froilán Marichalar, shot himself in the foot while hunting in Spain. He also had to be hospitalised and doctors removed the contents of a 36-calibre shotgun cartridge from his foot. It is illegal for a 13-year-old to handle that type of gun.

The king’s hunting trip, which officials described as private, has caused a storm of angry comment from animal lovers and those wanting to know how much it had cost.

A promotional video on YouTube shows Rann shooting elephants – which can be killed with licences bought at auction from the Botswana government – in the Okavango delta.

“You have to manage the world’s animal populations, to their betterment,” says Rann, who did not answer queries from the Guardian. “We are trying to improve their habitat.”

King Juan Carlos has been involved in hunting scandals before. Six years ago, officials dismissed as ridiculous allegations that he had shot a drunken Russian bear that had been plied with honey and vodka. The royal family has a troubled history with guns. The king shot and killed his brother in an accident when he was a teenager.

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YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE JOKING – THIS LOOKS GREAT – SEE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS…

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NOW READ SOME FACTS

How much of this money is going to local organizations that are really working hard at ground level and not sitting in ivory tower all around the world??

I wish to point out some facts and would like to have your views and comments.

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How much do WWF presidents make?

And, how much of $1.00 (what percentage) goes to administrative costs?

Where can this information be publicly viewed?

This is supposed to be a charity, what is known as a 3rd sector industry, salaries in this sector are NOT supposed to be competitive with industry that makes profit. You have to question the intellect of anyone who defends this scandalous misuse of monies. Lower wage more appropriate industry specific pay would not preclude quality capable people working for quality charitable organizations. Defending such a salary can only be the action of peoples that unfortunately do not understand the simple principle of a charity. The scale of salary may be reflective of the scale of how dubious the word charity is applicable to the WWF. A lower paid executive who is motivated by saving animal is logically going to care more and accomplish a much better job than a person attracted by such a high salary. This would be for many many reasons but mostly for there ability to empathize with their front line staff who are generally the most integral people to the success of any organization. WWF appears to be testament to clever marketing can generate money and unfortunately corruption easily exists in conservation

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE IVORY TOWERS

    HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK IS TAKES TO RUN A BUILDING OF THIS SIZE

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READ ALL ABOUT THIS – IT WILL MAKE YOU THINK TWICE AND LEAVE QUESTIONS IN YOUR MIND ABOUT ALL THE MILLIONS OF EUROS

 Public funds WWF schemes

With 4 million members and efforts in 100 countries, the World Wildlife Fund is the largest and, likely, the best-known environmental nonprofit organization in the world.

The WWF claims to do a great deal of good for endangered species and environmental protection efforts. However, when the Taxpayers Protection Alliance took a closer look at WWF funding, projects and scandals in a report released last week, a very troubling picture emerged.

The organization is a tremendous burden on taxpayers and a dangerous threat to the indigenous people in the areas where the WWF is active. Too often, the WWF does more harm than good to the animals and lands they profess to protect.

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A 2011 documentary titled “The Pact with the Panda,” exposed that the WWF was responsible for displacing more than a million native inhabitants in India in an effort to protect the local tiger population. This modern-day “Trail of Tears” is even more outrageous considering that the Indians driven from their lands under the guise of protecting tigers lived alongside the tigers for centuries. Not only did the WWF destroy the lives, culture and society of more than a million people, there are fewer tigers left in these areas now than before the atrocious displacement efforts began.

One reason for the failure of the WWF’s efforts to protect the tigers might have something to do with what they did with the tigers’ habitat after they drove away those pesky human from their homes. The WWF gives tourists who shell out about $10,000 the opportunity to pile in one of 155 jeeps and chase the few tigers that remain around their preserves for eight hours a day. This may be terrible for the tigers, but it’s big business for the WWF, which seems all too happy with the millions of dollars brought in through this ecotourism scheme.

This troubling instance of the WWF forcing people to uproot from their homes in India is not even the most despicable example of forced migration by organization in recent years. In Nov. 2011, Prince Charles, who serves as president of WWF UK, visited Tanzania to present five local leaders with “Living Planet” awards for their work. According to an article in the London newspaper The Telegraph, “Shortly before the Prince’s arrival, it was revealed that thousands of villagers had been evicted from the forest, their huts in the paddy fields torched and their coconut palms felled. This was carried out by the Tanzanian government’s Forestry and Beekeeping Division, with which the WWF has been working.”

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Besides driving poor native populations from their land and destroying their homes, the WWF also keeps busy ensuring these people remain poor.

WWF led a lobbying effort to impose trade restrictions on Indonesian pulp, paper and palm oil products, ostensibly to protect the forests of Indonesia. In reality, the WWF was serving as a front group for North American, European and Australian competitors who produce the same products as the Indonesian companies, but were being threatened by the lower price of the Indonesian goods. The area of Indonesia responsible for producing these products is one of the poorest places in the world. Workers in the region were given the opportunity to make a decent living and provide for their families, only to see it taken away because the WWF worked in cahoots with developed nations to kill their jobs

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In Dec. 2011, allegations of “inappropriate expense reporting” were reported in the WWF’s Tanzanian office. The WWF commissioned Ernst & Young to conduct an independent investigation to get to the bottom of the accusations.

The audit found that more than $400,000 was “misappropriated by the WWF local staff who forged hotel [and] taxi receipts,” according to the Daily News, a newspaper in Tanzania.

This widespread fraud related to the WWF’s efforts in Tanzania resulted in the termination of eight employees and the resignation of six others.

It is a misfortune when a nonprofit organization has its money stolen by disreputable workers. It is an outrage when most of the money stolen came at the expense of taxpayers. According to the audit, on top of the $400,000+ pilfered by corrupt WWF workers, five more WWF employees in Tanzania stole money from a USAID-funded project.

In total, taxpayers were out hundreds of thousands of dollars because bureaucrats and elected officials were careless enough to shower the WWF with tax dollars, despite the organization’s troubling track record.

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A few hundred grand is, unfortunately, chump change compared to the tens of millions of dollars the federal government regularly hands out to the WWF. Since 2000, the WWF snatched up $97 million in federal grants and other handouts funded by tax dollars, according to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s tally.

A lot of those tax dollars go straight in the pockets of the WWF’s well-compensated employees. Carter Roberts, WWF’s president, pocketed a $425,000 salary in 2009. The chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund, Marcia Marsh, earns over $300,000 in salary and benefits. “In fact, in 2009, no fewer than 18 U.S.-based WWF employees raked in more than $200,000 in salary and benefits,” according to the government watchdog group responsible for the reports.

Perhaps most shocking for taxpayers is the fact that the WWF currently has $238.1 million in the bank. That means that taxpayers are forced to pour millions of dollars each year into an organization sitting on nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. The WWF is extraordinarily rich and certainly does not need an annual bailout courtesy of American taxpayers to keep its lights on.

The idea that tax dollars would go to support a rich international nonprofit might not raise red flags at first blush, but a closer look is enough to infuriate any hardworking taxpayer. It is simply unthinkable that, with the government $16 trillion in debt and tens of millions of Americans out of work, federal lawmakers and bureaucrats find it acceptable to hand out tax dollars to an organization that forces people from their homes, prevents some of the poorest workers in the world from earning a decent living, harms the endangered animals it claims to help and has proven irresponsible with money.

Congress should immediately stop wasting Americans’ money subsidizing the WWF.

PS – I HAVE PERSONALLY ATTENDED A FUNCTION IN THE PAST – THE BEST FUNCTION I HAD EVER BEEN TO – THE FOOD WAS 5 STAR – THE WINE THE BEST IN THE WORLD – MORE THAT 400 GUEST AND THE STRANGEST  THING IS – I DID NOT PAY A CENT AND WHO ACTUALLY PAID FOR THIS ???

AFTER THE EVENT I RETURNED BACK TO MY HOTEL ROOM – THOUGHT ABOUT THE EVENT AGAIN AND REALIZING I HAD LEARNED NOTHING NEW.

THINK ABOUT WHAT I AM SAYING BELOW

I wish to bring to attentions this fact – In the video you will hear  the speaker talk about how successful it is to color dye the horns

I have asked this question many time to organizations  to please show me the medical clearance endorsements that this product is actually good for Rhinos – I was blocked off their Facebook. It takes years to get this or any kind of product, medication approved – who has approved this is still my question.

THINK ABOUT THIS AND THINK LIKE A CRIMINAL

If you planning to rob a bank and the day set out to rob the bank the banker robber will hype himself up and when he walks into the bank he has one mission on his mind and nothing will stop him – he runs up to the first bank teller and put a gun against her head and demands she opens her cash box only to find no money, so what does he do next – goes to teller number two and so on and so on until he finds the teller with the cash.

Poachers are paid mostly a small deposit by the syndicates – a member of the syndicate then basically sit near to the village keeping a watchful eye on the poachers family – should he not come back with the horn – the syndicates will do what most criminals syndicates do to people. The poacher has to come back with a horn and not a dyed one.  The poacher will continue killing Rhinos with the hope to find one that is not dyed. The only way to save a Rhino is to keep him alive with out a horn – what is better a rhino without horn or a dead one with no horn – with no horn the criminals will continue to do what they do – Support our vision and see Rhinos alive.

 

 

 

 

 

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