Ministry of environment and tourism – Black Rhinoceros – Trophy Hunting

This was advertised in a local Namibian newspaper last week:

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This has caused a storm locally and on social media sites.

 

What people don’t understand is that one needs to earn the right to complain about something they have NO knowledge of. There are hunters around the world that are willing pay way in excess of US$ 100,000 for the right to hunt this – one of the true Big 5. Should anyone with a Facebook account be allowed to complain and become abusive because of one hunters generosity towards the conservation of this unique species?

What is not understood is that the funds generated by this hunt will go towards saving a species. How many photographic tourists must see a Rhino to generate this kind of revenue? How much will the habitualization and desensitising these tourist cause contribute to killing them easily by poachers around Africa?

 

If I can request for you to read just this piece again:

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Has this changed your mind a little?

 

Hunting OLD male individuals. Animals that will become vulture food if not hunted. Dying and instantly loosing their value other than the remaining horn if found. Animals that because of their size and strength often kill younger bulls, that can breed, because they cannot anymore…

 

Today on the radio I heard that the South African Government is going to vote to legalise the trade in Rhino horn. They want to approach CITES (the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora) to vote on this in 2016 when this summit is being hosted in South Africa. What a bureaucratic joke. Rhinos are dying every day at the hands of poachers. Stand together and come to a solution so save this prehistoric beast that was on the brink of extinction (Southern White Rhino) just a century ago – have we not learnt?

 

Defacing the Rhinos by harvesting horn. If that what it takes to save them… Poisoning their horns with offensively coloured dye… Do you not think the poachers will kill them anyway so that they don’t track this same animal tomorrow?

 

Stop complaining about LEGAL hunting of these wonderful animals and start making a plan to save them. Try to generate the same revenue that hunters are.

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