International Animal Rights movement is  VERY busy “capturing” the South African Wildlife Industry

The Editor,

“Maverick Outsiders”

Dear Editor,

I am the CEO of an organisation called THE TRUE GREEN ALLIANCE (TGA) the vision of which is :

To create a Southern African (and ultimately global) society that understands and supports the principles and practices of science-based wildlife management;  that understands and supports the wisdom of sustainably utilising the living resources of the planet (both domestic and wild) for the betterment of mankind; that supports animal welfare (i.e. that opposes animal cruelty); and that opposes animal rights – the doctrine of which is to abolish all animal uses by man.

This vision statement supports the objectives of the World Conservation Strategy (WCS) – on which all responsible National Conservation Strategies are based (including the South African National Conservation Strategy).

In 1980, the whole world hailed the WCS as being ‘the blueprint’ that would take mankind and nature into posterity in symbiotic harmony.

The South African Constitution is also in harmony with the provisions of the WCS – and it supports the right of South Africans to sustainably utilise our environment for the benefit of our people.

Yet the animal rightists reject the provisions of the WCS.

According to an interpretation of the American RICO Act (The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act):

(1) People who make money out of the gullible public on the basis of a single propaganda lie are “Common Fraudsters|”;

(2) People who – having been successful once in making money out of a lie – tell that same lie a second time (and more) and make more money out of the unversed  public as a consequence, are “Racketeers”; and

(3) Racketeering is classified as “Organised Crime”.

Sir, the animal rights movement is guilty of all these things – yet the Daily Maverick  repeatedly provides the animal rights movement with a strong media  platform that it uses to broadcast of its poisonous prohibition doctrine.

It seems that the Daily Maverick has no idea what any of this means but I can tell you that the animal rights brigade is undermining all South Africa’s efforts to make forward progress with its legitimate wildlife management programmes.

Everyone is concerned about the fact that “The Guptas” very nearly captured the South African economy.

I have to tell you that the international animal rights movement – with the help of several local individuals – is  VERY busy “capturing” the South African Wildlife Industry – and very few South Africans understand that this is happening.

I empathize with your stated objectives, therefore, but I have been on the point of unsubscribing from the Daily Maverick Newsletter because it is practicing (see above) exactly what you propose we should oppose.

I shall look forward to your response.

With kind regards

Ron Thomson

Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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