PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
OSCAP
 
Comments: 4
Article views: 489
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all OSCAP's badges.
 

The great rhino hunting debate

25 February 2013, 14:01
The hunting debate has once again reared its ugly head with the news that Timbavati will be holding 2 White Rhino hunts in the very near future. As is common knowledge Timbavati is one of a few APNR’s (Association of Private Nature Reserves) that have removed their fences between themselves and the Kruger National Park which allows animals to move freely between Kruger and these hunting concessions and lodges.  Most of these APNR’s offer Rhino hunting safaris.

Recently an Avaaz petition was started by Paul Kruger Safaris to stop the hunting of White Rhino at Timbavati. 

Timbavati in response to released a statement that explained how Rhino hunting is part of South Africa’s “sustainable use” policy and conservation of the species.

I would venture to say that the statement may come back to bite Timbavati in the proverbial as their statement is rather condescending about photographic tourism and the negative effects they perceive that type of tourism has on the ecosystem. 

What Mr Hancock fails to see is the broader picture which is the crux of the matter when it comes to Rhino hunting.  The hunting industry in South Africa is undoubtedly a large income generator but it comes nowhere near competing with tourism and despite all their protestations the number of people employed in the industry is miniscule compared to tourism and very few of those employed in the industry benefit in a large scale from these hunting activities. 

In South Africa a professional hunter (aka PH) does not have to belong to any association and such there is little control over hunters who feel fit to ‘break the rules’ and PHASA have been very lax in the past to self regulate or take steps to ensure that registered hunters who do bend the rules are brought to book. 

Further, there is no annual limit to the number of permits that can be issued for White Rhino hunts and each province has the ability to issue as many permits as they deem fit despite there being a limit to the number of permits issued to an individual hunter.  As we all know there are many corrupt officials working in conservation and this was made evident in the Chumlong Lemtongthai case last year where video footage clearly shows that the PH’s were the hunters and not the permit holders.  Each of these hunts (and there were more than 40 rhinos killed/hunted in this instance) a conservation officer was present and to my knowledge not a single one of them has yet been charged for the part that they played in these pseudo hunts.  

In late 2012 the TOPS regulations were changed to place stricter guidelines on the issuing of permits to Vietnamese hunters but they were already 2 steps ahead of this and had already started recruiting pseudo hunters from other countries. 

We are a long way away from getting control of the rhino poaching crisis and it is clear from what has happened in the past that there are very few ‘genuine’ Rhino trophy hunters and that the majority of hunts are mere smoke screens for gaining access to ‘legal’ horn which is being used to feed the black market and the growing demand in Asia for rhino horn.

My proposal is this:  Should the hunting fraternity insist that the purpose of the hunts is purely for conservation purposes and that their hunters are all legitimate hunters who are also as concerned about the survival of the species as we are, let’s then come to a compromise. 

Let’s agree to a quota on White Rhino hunts.  At this moment in time we still do not have an up to date census on our population figures as the census that was promised in 2012 did not take place and the population census figures from 2010 have been scientifically projected to produce figures that some members of the conservation fraternity deem to be incorrect.  This aside a population growth rate of 4% (after hunting, poaching mortalities etc) is in my mind a very low growth rate that needs to be increased by reducing hunting and poaching as much as possible.

Secondly let’s all agree that the future existence of the Rhino is of common interest to all people (hunters, conservationists, scientists, citizens etc) and that this is the most important issue at hand. 

If the ‘genuine’ trophy hunters have the survival of the species close to their hearts then they will not be opposed to my next suggestion which is that all trophies exported from South Africa can only be exported with a replica horn.   The “original horn” remains the property of the hunter and is micro chipped and DNA sampled as per TOPS regulations but is kept and  stored in South Africa until such time as the poaching crisis has abated.  This will ensure the rhino horn does not end up on the black market outside of South Africa and Rhino hunting will only attract genuine Big 5 hunters who have the same conservation values as we do. 

I have spoken to many hunters and they have all agreed that this is a viable solution and would support this initiative.

Let us not forget that “Extinction is forever”

Allison Thomson

OSCAP (Outraged SA Citizens against Poaching)

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Brett Bowes
Appoint Thuli Madonsela as new ND...

Madonsela's credentials are impeccable, she has been hardened to the rigors of chapter 9 leadership, and she would be the people's favourite. Read more...

0 comments 1399 views
Submitted by
Lindie Langa
Cyril did not say Zuma raped Khwe...

If it was an attempt by 702 to boost his presidential campaign, it was a dismal failed attempt. If it was an attempt to sabbotage his campaign, and feed fire on the divide in the ANC, they just may have succeeded. Read more...

0 comments 736 views
Submitted by
FrancoisFMarais
Response to 'a Steinhoff guide fo...

If you think that our president, Jacob Zuma, can keep people busy for years in courts then you are in for a surprise on how complicated coming court cases in this matter can be.  Read more...

0 comments 1096 views
Submitted by
Freddie Jones
Just who is doing the 'overreachi...

Winning an election and becoming president of the Republic of South Africa does not hand one a carte blanche to become a dictator and do as one pleases. Read more...

0 comments 230 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
A criminal trial For Zuma or Trum...

Recently I gave you my take on what happened in the regime change in Zimbabwe and to briefly summarize, those wishing to remove Mugabe from power were “stuck between a rock and a hard place". Read more...

0 comments 366 views
Submitted by
Werner Roets180
Behind every great fortune, there...

This is an open letter directed at Markus Jooste, the Ex-CEO of Steinhoff international. We all have heroes...we all have people and public figures we look up to.  Read more...

0 comments 634 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.