Consequent upon our Minister of the Environment’s refusal to respond to correspondence and honest criticism of her attitudes – making her silence “DEAFENING” – Hunters and game ranchers are beginning to consider that she is “Fair Game” whenever she roams “her own and highly selected ” hunting fields in South Africa – seemingly – in search of new (and fabricated) animal-rights-activist reasons to oppose our highly successful commercial wildlife industry. The TGA, in its manifesto, has obligated itself to our society, to tell the honest truth to the people of South Africa. We cannot do this, however, unless the Minister will tell us just what that “truth” is!
South Africans are asking:
- Why isn’t our Minister for the Environment complaining about the British Government’s proposed ban on the import of South African game trophies to the U.K.? Does she support the British move? Or does she support her South African hunters and game ranchers, and the people comprising South Africa’s wildlife industry? Her silence on this matter is particularly deafening!
- When she is told that the animal rights extremists’ doctrine is “to abolish all animal uses by man”, including sustainable-use of wild animals, hunting and the farming of both wild and domestic animals for consumption by man, does her silence imply that she agrees with the animal rightist ideologly? Or Does she disagree with them?
- Does the Minister agree with, or disapprove of, the sustainable and commercial use of South Africa’s living wild resources (plants AND animals)?
- Does the Minister support the continued activities of foreign people and organisations (NGOs) who visit South Africa principally to generate ever more new lies to tell to the general public of the world about wildlife management affairs in Africa (such as: the elephant is facing extinction)?
- Does the Minister support the gross interference in South Africa’s wildlife management affairs by overseas animal rights organizations like HSUS; HSI; PETA; and the Born Free Foundation – when they are openly distributing false and fabricated propaganda that goes against South African wildlife protocols and the stated National Conservation Strategy objectives of her own Department of the Environment? In other words: Does the Minister support the right of overseas animal rights organizations to operate their organized-crime programmes in South Africa to South Africa’s detriment?
- Why is she not supporting our hard-working and ingenious RHINO farmers in their bid to sell their legally procured rhino horn? There are provisions within the protocols of CITES to register our rhino farmers as “Captive Breeding Entities” and our rhino farmers qualify. Why has she not pursued this avenue of progress? LEGALLY, CITES can only intervene in wildlife trade when that trade involves WILD animal populations.
- Why is she not supporting our hard-working and ingenious LION farmers in their bid to sell legally procured and captive bred lions, and to hunt legal captive bred lions, and the sale of legally procured lion skeletons, on the international market? There are provisions within the protocols of CITES to register our Lion farmers as “Captive Breeding Entities” and our LION farmers qualify. Why has she not pursued this avenue of progress? LEGALLY, CITES can only intervene in wildlife trade when that trade involves WILD animal populations.
MORE TO COME! MORE AND MORE TO COME!
The TGA, to do its professed job properly, needs to be able to communicate with the minister on all these matters. We have deferred passing public opinions on all these matters – and MORE – SO FAR – until we get confirmation from the minister. And I talk for many people who have written to the Minister without ever receiving even the common courtesy of an acknowledgement .
Our patience is not limitless!