Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian Prophecy*
*Used with permission from a ZCTF report
In this page you will be able to learn about animal welfare and how we can help stop animal abuse that still happens. We decided to create this post in order to help address this issue by showing the reality that´s in the backstage of our daily lives – and that most of us are unaware of. Would you be able to help with it?
To start with, remember Cecil the Lion case? Cecil was a beloved alpha lion who was also the most friendly big cat in Africa – to be more precise, in Zimbabwe. It happens that Cecil the Lion was killed for… fun. And yes, there is no fun in it. The killer was na American dentist who paid a whopping US$ 50.000,00 (or so) just to kill an innocent animal who in turn, could be alive today, watching the sun rise and set everyday. Cecil just wanted to be left alone with his pride. The Hunter killed not only one animal, but all the 4 cubs that werre under Cecil´s protection. That´s because when the alpha male dies, all the cubs under his protection are also killed by another male turned into alpha.
So we ask: is hunting ethical? Is there any plausible argument or reason that justifies hunting? No, there is not a single one. In despite of all technical achievement humankind has reached, we are far from Mother nature´s perfection. Nature is self-regulated. It has been so since ever.
Having that said, we are glad to express our gratitude to Mercy for Animals and to Johnny Rodrigues – Chairman for ZCTF (Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force), who kindly permitted us to post their content in our site, in the hope to help spreading the word farther.
“CONSERVATION OR NOT?
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force Report – 24th August 2015
We often hear of trophy hunters claiming to be conservationists and we find this difficult to understand. If this is the case, then there are 2 types of “conservation”.
There is the breeding of wild animals for hunting. This industry is supported by the hunting fraternity and animal breeders. The animals are bred en masse for the purpose of being inhumanely shot or hunted. Once these animals are captured, they can never be released back into the wild. In the case of lions, they are captured when they are cubs and at first, are sometimes used for customers to “walk with the lions”. Once they get too big for this, they are moved to another enclosure where they are offered to hunters to be shot. They are drugged and the hunter then shoots the lion. This is not really hunting because the lion doesn’t have a chance to escape. Some of them are used in canned hunting as well.
Landowners have gone into biodiversity, utilizing the land which was previously used for growing crops, for breeding these wild animals. They claim to have the right to give life to these animals by breeding them but in the end, they are shot with a rifle or a bow and arrow. To breed these animals and “play God” by giving life and then taking life away is cruel and inhumane especially in the case of the cat family, elephants and rhino. They are kept in cages and have no freedom. These so-called conservationists claim this industry is sustainable but it only benefits the land owners and trophy hunters, most of whom are millionaires.
They claim that once the animal has passed its breeding age, it’s no good and should be shot. This is the wrong conception. Humans are over-populating the world but when they are old, do we shoot them or do we look after them? Life is like a big chain and each species is like a link in the chain. Each link has a purpose and a job to do. When you start killing the animals, the chain gets shorter and shorter and this interferes with the circle of life.
Our National Parks is where the real conservation should be taking place. The animals should be free to roam and tourists can come and see them and photograph them. Hunting should be banned altogether. We, as humans, rely on some of the animals for medicines etc. The elephant is a mobile manure factory, helping to germinate seeds, some of which are used to make medicines. Every species has an important part to play and this is why hunting should be banned.
The local people who live around the wildlife areas should be stakeholders in the industry. They should be given a percentage of the money earned from tourism in exchange for taking care of the animals. At the moment, these people don’t get anything. We should be able to co-exist with the wildlife without the cruelty and inhumanity.
Animals can take care of themselves as they always have. When there are too many of one species, the predators kill them for food. This is the way it should be. They don’t need our help to keep their numbers down. We have heard that some Americans teach their children to hunt as young as seven years old. This is a horrifying concept. When the child is annoyed at school, they could possibly shoot someone because they have been brought up that way. We appeal to children all over the world to please write to their governments to ask them to stop hunting. We have received some letters from children and these are very important to us.
Money talks – guilty walks.”
Text above by Johnny Rodrigues
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
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