“Conservation” Explained. For the South African politician and nature-lover

“Conservation”, a.k.a. Wildlife Management, is the art and craft of manipulating the principles that govern the processes of nature – to achieve man-designed objectives. There is nothing ‘natural’ about wildlife management. It is man conceived, man designed, man applied, man implemented, man manipulated and man is the principle beneficiary. Why is man the principle beneficiary? …

Africa Speaks – Conservation Management – What do these terms mean?

After World War II, the League of Nations was dismantled and replaced by a new international organisation which called itself The United Nations (the UN). In 1948, the UN created a sub-division of its responsibilities which it called the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP’s purpose was to address itself to all matters pertaining to …

Africa Speaks – The Endangered Species Concept is a Fallacy

Coming out of the current “Ban Trophy Hunting” controversy in Great Britain at this time, there are a great many misconceptions that need to be exposed and explained. And within the general ‘conservation’ field as a whole, there are a great many other so-called “statements of fact” that are nothing of the kind. The British …

Botswana’s Elephant Management Conundrum

Don Pinnock, known to the people of the wildlife industry in South Africa as the Pinocchio of ‘Never-Never Land’, has a nose so long that I am surprised he doesn’t have to use a wheel barrow to cart it around. He has just published another make-believe article in the Daily Maverick (12th May 2022). His …

Take Away all the Blockages and Assist South Africa’s Rhino Farmers

It is my opinion that government paid far too much attention to the animal rights opposition to WHITE rhino farming and WHITE rhino horn trimming and it put blocks all along the highway towards the development of a rational legal trade in rhino horn. My advice? Take away all the blockages and assist South Africa’s …

Why Big Bertha the Rhino was Killed

Well-meaning people often fall victim to sensationalistic animal rights syndicates. They are unwittingly duped into funding or supporting racketeering campaigns to ban wildlife trade, without understanding the severity of their actions and the consequential role they play in accelerating the extinction of iconic African species. If wildlife has no value to people in rural communities, …

USA and Europe Leave Africa to Determine its Own Wildlife Management Solutions

If America and Europe – and their animal rightists NGOs – would leave Africa to determine its own wildlife management solutions, Africa would solve its own wildlife problems and Africa’s people would, at last, receive benefits from the sustainable use of the continent’s  wildlife resources. But this is unlikely to happen. America and Europe – …

NSPCA – Hand in Glove with ARs

The NSPCA, the biggest and most influential animal welfare organisation in this country, is now ever more greatly inclined towards the animal rights doctrine. It’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Marcelle Meredith, for the last 15 years, has been a Director of one of the biggest international animal rights organisations – WAP (World Animal Protection). For …

One True Ethical Principle in Hunting or Killing of Wildlife

I still maintain there is only one true ethical principle in hunting or killing of wildlife (or any animal) and that is it must not contribute to the reduction of biodiversity because that’s when it impacts on fellow man’s ability to survive on earth.  The rest are personal preferences (often very good ones) sexed-up as …

Maintaining High Value to Africa’s Wildlife is Crucial

CITES is now the biggest impediment to best practice wildlife management in Africa.   It is the animal rightists and CITES’ combined purpose to destroy international wildlife markets that should be making South Africa’s wildlife industries extremely prosperous. They are thereby removing all incentives for the establishment of sustainable wildlife utilisation programmes that can benefit …