Animal “Protection” Groups Doing Little to Protect African Elephants

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    New Report Shows Animal Rights Hypocrites Stiff Elephants, African Communities

    Washington, D.C. — Today Safari Club International (SCI) exposed the hypocrisy of five animal rights groups in a new report. The report, “A Stampede of Hypocrisy: How Animal Rights Activists Poach Elephant Donations,” counters the high-profile propaganda campaign against the sustainable and highly regulated hunting of African elephants, which activists use to push their radical political agenda. Despite the trumpeting from these activists that they’re “speaking for” the interests of elephants, the report points to figures showing the millions of dollars contributed by hunters to African communities and anti-poaching efforts dwarfs the paltry expenditures by the animal rights groups in sub-Saharan Africa. View the full report here attached.

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), its affiliate Humane Society International (HSI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Born Free USA collectively raise $170 million yet only about 1 penny of every dollar goes to sub-Saharan Africa, according to their most recent annual tax returns. Even more disturbingly, in May 2014, HSUS and Born Free USA were part of a $15.75 million settlement of a bribery and racketeering lawsuit, and Charity Navigator has issued a “Donor Advisory” regarding both groups.

    “The anti-hunting zealots mask their political agenda behind emotion. These groups know that poaching is more likely to be adopted as an economic activity in areas where human livelihoods are insecure. Well regulated hunting decreases poverty be securing livelihoods and provides funds for anti-poaching programs,” stated SCI President Craig Kauffman. “There effort to end legal and regulated elephant hunting will not only hurt local economies but trample anti-poaching efforts as well.”

    HSUS’s hypocrisy goes even further as they acknowledge elephant populations are healthy and even in need of thinning. HSUS and HSI have utilized U.S. taxpayer grants for elephant birth control in South Africa.

    The “Stampede of Hypocrisy” report also details the less-than-stellar grades several of the animal rights groups draw from the charity watchdog American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP). AIP awards HSUS a “C-minus” grade, finding the group spends up to half its budget on overhead, and awards “C-plus,” “C,” and “D” grades to PETA, Born Free USA, and IFAW, respectively, for their wasteful spending practices.

    Wildlife officials in Africa have heralded hunting as vital to economies and anti-poaching efforts. The Zimbabwe program Community Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE), which runs wildlife management and anti-poaching programs for 12.7% of the entire country, receives 70% of its revenue from legal hunting. Tanzania’s former top wildlife official has praised the “critical role” that hunters play in African communities and across nearly 30% of the country. Revenues from hunting generate $200 million annually in remote rural areas of southern and eastern Africa.



    Source: Safari Club International (SCI)

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    Fun Fact: WWF, one of the biggest organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation, has said that controlled trophy hunting can do gold for wild animal populations.

    With that out of the way, I personally can't stand animal rights groups due to promoting extremes without seeing the bigger picture, resorting to extreme acts and ,in PETA's case, doing some pretty counteractive acts.
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    WWF Canada is headed up by the Anti-Gun former mayor of Toronto David Miller. Like most hypocritical special interest groups their interest is separating money from gullible donors for their personal gain. Just look at how much the senior staff of Greenpeace earn, shocking but not unexpected. As for PETA one of our SUN News people, Ezra Levant debated a PETA guy while waving a chicken wing at him. Almost peed my pants.

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