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Concern over cheetah killed in hunt

2011-11-22 14:21

Johannesburg - Namibians are unhappy over the hunting of a huge cheetah, believed to be the largest ever killed, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Johan van der Westhuizen of Alberton killed the cheetah in a hunt in Khomas on April 22.

"I knew it was a big cat, but I didn't realise it would be a world record," said Elaine Coetzee, a professional hunter from CEC safaris, who accompanied Van der Westhuizen.

According to the International Safari Club, the cheetah was the biggest ever hunted worldwide.

Readers of the Namibian newspaper Republikein complained about it after a photograph appeared on the newspaper's front page on October 27.

Coetzee said cheetahs were not threatened in Namibia.

"If we are not allowed to hunt cheetahs and leopards in an organised and legal manner - which gives them value - they will be exterminated by farmers because they are a big problem," said Coetzee.

Comments
  • Theresa - 2011-11-22 15:09

    I am of the opinion that if you can't eat it..don't kill it!!

      Hunter - 2011-11-22 15:33

      I hope you don not swat flies at home, or at least eat the flies that you kill!

  • djmain1 - 2011-11-22 15:54

    Hunters are savage barbarians. They should hunt each other.

  • Andre - 2011-11-22 17:07

    All game should be protected!!!

  • Paas - 2011-11-22 17:12

    I imagine the brave Johan van der Westhuizen sitting at his pub, a stuffed cheetah head decorating the wall above his head, sipping on his KWV brandy & coke, he regales his admiring friends with his heroic tale of how he blasted the vicious cat off the back off the back of a bakkie with a high powered rifle; and they were all impressed.

  • Claude - 2011-11-22 20:19

    Hunters of our big cats are real man!!! I suppose they will all have the BALLS to take this animal on wothout your rifles??????????????/

  • Jimmy - 2011-11-22 22:24

    That is bloody disgusting killing a majestic animal like that. What for? What a prize whoooose!

  • Darhma - 2011-11-23 19:13

    Another proud moment for humanity. The guys perspective in regards tot he cheetah seems to be something like this, "we are here to help you but first we have to kill you because f we don't someone who looks like us will kill you anyway". Nice logic.

  • Sonica - 2011-11-24 13:56

    Please, before you give your opinion, educate yourselves first. lol There are more wildlife in Namibia today because of hunters, putting a value to them. If it wasn’t for the controlled hunting Namibia offers, there wouldn't be beautiful animals like this to experience, for people like you! Go do your research and then you can give a "valid" opinion!

      Peter - 2011-11-28 14:52

      Why don't you go do some research yourself You obvisouly benefit from hunting practices in Namibia Below is an extract from the Namibian Cheetah conservation fund I bet you didn't even know they were are on the endangered list But screw that and inter breeding we have got enough for now I dare you take a bow an arrow and go hunt an elephant !!!! •Research into cheetah biology and ecology has greatly increased our understanding of the fastest land animal and education programmes for schools and the farming community help change public attitudes to allow predator and humans to co-exist. However, despite the many successes of CCF programmes, the cheetah is still Africa’s most endangered big cat with ~10,000 cheetahs remaining.

  • Don - 2011-12-05 08:22

    Show the world that Africa's Conservation Bodies are not looking after its wildlife!

  • Gary - 2012-05-06 09:59

    The hunting of cats is abhorent in any form, there are alternatives, the hunters always defend there situation because there is big money involved, can this money not be used for the conservation of these magnificent creatures, they only becme problem animals when they kill farmers animals, so tell me who encroached on whom in the first place! Confucious says " man with big gun probably have small willy"

  • Gary - 2012-05-06 10:03

    Confucious says " man with big gun normally has small willy"

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