Zimbabwe Lifts Suspension on Hunting Lion, Leopard and Elephant

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  1. AfricaHunting.com

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    On the 2nd of August 2015 the Ministry of Environment imposed a temporary suspension of Lion, Leopard and Elephant hunting in Zimbabwe. The goal was to gain clarity and understand the positions of stakeholders positions following the recent allegedly illegal killing of two Lions near Hwange National park.

    We are pleased to inform you that, following some useful discussion between operators and the relevant Zimbabwean authorities, the suspension has now been uplifted throughout the country with the exceptions of Antoinette and Antoinette Farm, Railway Farm 31 and Umuguza and Kusile Rural District Council properties where all sport hunting has been suspended pending the outcome of court processes.

    This incident has highlighted the needed reforms agreed by all stakeholders at the Hunting workshop held 8 days prior to the killing of Cecil.
    There are some conditions that have to be met at this time:

    • Some additional regulations and paperwork have been introduced to reinforce accountability of operators to the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
    • Lion, Leopard and Elephant hunts will be compulsorily attended by a member of the Authority at the expense of the land owner.
    • No further hunting of collared iconic animals will be allowed.
    • Individuals involved in illegal hunting activities will be banned from hunting in Zimbabwe for life.
    ZPHGA would like to thank the Government of Zimbabwe for the efficient manner in which they evaluated the situation, consulted with stakeholders and for considering and adapting the proposals put forward.

    We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience caused to fellow hunters in Zimbabwe at this time and for those that are scheduled to visit in 2015.

    ZPHGA would further like to thank those that have supported Zimbabwe in the past and those who are prepared to continue to do so.

    Chairman
    ZPHGA



    Source: Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association (ZPHGA)
     

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    "No further hunting of collared iconic animals will be allowed."
    Thats too funny.
     
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    Really........guess if your going to not allow the hunting of 'collared iconic animals', then A.) you better put name tags on them so we know who's who B.) better start making those collars bright pink or chartruse so they stand out (and change them often when they fade) and C.) better shave the mane off that "iconic" lion so the collar can be visible!!! (I wonder who is going to get that job!! "O.K., Joe....today you go out and shave the manes off of 50 male lions. And, oh....by the way, we don't have any money for the tranquilizer darts, so ........be careful and use your best judgement!;)

    "Iconic".........how stupid!!! Nobody ever heard of this "iconic" lion until the antis started a web page for it!:rolleyes:(n)

    Although it might keep the antis busy as they drive throughout Kruger giving each and every animal a "name", so that it can be "iconic"...................o_O
     
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    That feel when the site founder posts info you posted 12 hours earlier :cry:

    Edit: Ok, to be fair I only mentioned the lift on the lion ban :oops:
     
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    Saw your post after posting the press release from ZPHGA. Thanks for bringing us the news! ;)
     
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    Thanks. Just having some fun, I think any good news should be shared more than once!
     

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    Now what about the President of Zimbabwe? He is a big anti hunter...How will he effect the future of hunting?
     

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    Who is this Johnny Rodriguez that runs that Zimbabwe conservation task force? He got sanctioned for making malicious statements to the press. Does this call into doubt this whole Cecil the lion mess?
     

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    Some how the antis are raising money as we speak to collar every animal ;)
     
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    $780,000 buys a lot of collars!!! I bet they are pink.......with rhinestones........and little tinkley bells!!!!
     
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    http://thehunterstand.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/the-hunters-ego.html?m=1
    Good article from the hunters stand blogspot about deconstructing the anti hunters arguments.


    THE HUNTERS' EGO

    “The anti-hunter is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. His is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

    Yes, I have paraphrased one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies [Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5] just a tad, but each time I hear it I cannot help but think it sums up the invariably emotive and ill-considered ‘arguments’ put forth by hunting’s detractors and opponents.

    Sadly – very sadly – the pro-hunting side of the ‘debate’ is just as inclined to spit abuse and ineloquent, unconvincing defences in reply, as though that somehow wins us ground. It doesn’t!

    The debate is not going away and it is essential that we get better at putting our case. Not with trite responses about our ‘rights’ or unconvincing claims about painless deaths, but with sound intelligent public deconstructions of the anti-hunters’ case for various emotive animal 'rights'.

    So what are ‘rights’?

    Rights come in many forms, but most fit into one of two categories. In the simplest terms they are:

    1) the moral or legal entitlement to have or do something. Such rights may be bestowed, as in the right to drive a car, which could be termed a permissive right, or right under licence, and

    2) rights according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred, or so-called unalienable rights.

    In Australia at least, hunters enjoy the right to hunt under category 1. The hunter requires consent to go about his business, and not simply a hunting licence. The hunter is permitted to hunt in some places and not others, while some techniques are legal and others not. One may, generally speaking, hunt on private property, but one cannot use steel-jawed traps even on private property.

    One may hunt rabbits with a gun, a bow or even ferrets on private property and no hunting licence is required, but if the property is not the hunter’s, written permission may be required and this acts as one’s right under licence of the property owner.

    But to hunt deer in NSW, whether on private property or crown lands, one needs a game licence, which is issued by the State.

    The rights anti-hunters claim for all God’s creatures, fall into the second category, unalienable rights, or rights that are automatic, complete and cannot be taken away e.g. the right to live a long and happy life, free from fear, pursuit, cruelty or murder etc.

    While these rights may be considered unalienable by some and thus unable to be deprived, they are not so and in fact when it comes to non-humans they simply don’t even exist.

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    For a right to have any integrity at all, it must be deliverable generally, not dolled-out ad hoc, capriciously or cynically. If a right cannot be realised, it is a cynical right and no right at all e.g. the right to backstroke to the moon without fear of intervention. One could make it a right, but if no one can exercise it, it is really no right at all.

    This is the nature of the rights anti-hunters would bestow upon the quarry. They are not unalienable, but rather cynical because they run contrary to “natural law” and in fact natural law dictates they can be and will be “denied” in almost every case.

    While humans may bestow upon a rabbit, the right to a long life, free from hunger, homelessness, victimisation, assault etc., unless said rabbit has been abducted from its natural environment and imprisoned in a cage, no such rights are afforded or due the rabbit.

    Natural law dictates the rabbit will live day-by-day not knowing if he will see tomorrow. He will have no right to safe and secure shelter; only the shelter he can create in the moment and every moment of his life will be filled with the threat of home invasion.

    He will be stalked and pursued, often and mercilessly, and unless sheer good fortune intervenes, he will be murdered horribly by an assailant who will extend absolutely no mercy.

    Nor will our bunny or his family know the consolation of ‘justice’. The fox will not be pursued and penalised for killing Mr. Bunny and no one will rally ‘round to make sure Mrs. Bunny and the kids are looked after.

    These are all human concepts of ‘rights’ and common decencies applied to creatures that have neither use for them nor expectation of them.

    The rights many so eagerly bestow upon Cecil the lion carry weight only for nature’s apex hunters and even then the weight they carry is not great.

    We can claim Cecil had a right to live and that those who denied him that right are brutal tyrants, but surely in the great scheme of things Cecil enjoyed a pretty privileged position as something of a tyrant himself?

    As a lion, Cecil was in a position to – and in fact did – deny a veritable cornucopia of rights to just about every creature on the plains.

    Cecil pursued creatures mercilessly, every day of his life. He struck fear into the hearts of all living things and he did so with no consideration to what we recognise as ethics. He killed the weak, the aged, the disabled, the marginalised and the newborn.

    He was not concerned with killing quickly and many of his victims, having evaded Cecil’s brutal attacks, will have limped away carrying mortal wounds, only to die in terrible agony some days later. That agony was likely compounded by being torn apart by other opportunistic predators that will not have waited patiently ‘til Cecil’s victims expired quietly in their sleep.

    Cecil killed creatures a fraction of his strength, using weapons of tooth and claw they could not possibly hope to match. Most of his victims had few teeth, little muscle and just one defence, to run.

    In fact if one was intent on anthropomorphising as the anti-hunter does, it would be fair to contend he hunted unethically, because his victims did not have his arsenal with which to defend themselves.

    This brings me to the corollary of this exercise.

    If it is wicked to kill “another sentient being” in order to eat its flesh, why is it not equally wicked for Cecil or perhaps a fox to do it?

    If it is cowardly to kill a creature with superior weaponry, why is Cecil not cowardly for using teeth the size of ice-picks and claws like reaping sickles to kill baby gazelle?

    If causing another ‘sentient being’ pain is evil, why is it not universally evil, especially given that the human hunter will at least take life with some regard to minimising suffering, whereas other predators won’t give it a second’s thought?

    The answer is simple – ego – the very vice the anti-hunter says is the trophy hunters’ driving force.

    Humans have wonderfully developed egos. They tell us we are better than mere animals, regardless of what the likes of PETA may claim about respecting non-human animal equality and the like.

    We consider ourselves smarter, wiser, cleverer, more responsible, more evolved and with all that comes a responsibility to act in ways that are infinitely superior to all other species. To be gods!

    We reserve for ourselves the right to dictate that behaviour common to a vast number of other species, which fit into the natural balance in ways we long-since ceased to do, is wrong in the human species.

    We are not opposed to hunting because hunting is cruel. We oppose it because to do otherwise robs us of the sense of superiority we crave, that we have bestowed upon ourselves as stewards of all creation.

    The hunter, in particular the subsistence hunter, is happy to accept he is part of the great scheme of things, rather than master of it. He does not seek to be more virtuous than the lion or more entitled than the dingo. He doesn’t see himself as a minor deity that must shine with superior enlightenment.

    The hunter is content to respect the natural balance of hunter-prey that has been established over uncounted eons. This balance works in systems across the planet and only fails when man interferes, because his ego assures him he knows a better way.

    I am perfectly content to be condemned for taking life to nourish myself and my family, exactly as nature intended and as humanity has done for at least 200,000 years. Perhaps when a better model has stood the test of time....?
     

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