Dear TGAgians

We  have all had a disruptive year. Some of us more so than others. The scourge of Covid 19 has troubled us all, but health wise, we survived so far. What has happened to our economy, we have still to find out.

Some of you may have heard that Elma and I tested positive for Covid in October. We endured the discomfort for about a month, but now we are back in harness. We are both well.

Last year (2019), many of the hunting associations got together and created a new organisation called SUCo (The Sustainable Use Coalition). Unfortunately, it mimicked in a great many ways the purpose and the function of the TGA. In order to give the whole ideal greater encouragement, I offered SUCo the opportunity to be absorbed into the TGA; to use our Constitution and our organisation; and to generally short circuit the development of a worthwhile SUCo target! Meetings and correspondence ensued which, so far, have not advanced the ideal – but the door is still open. We even suggested that a new and more dynamic leadership should be created for the TGA/SUCo amalgamation with me stepping aside as the TGAs CEO, and a new leader being appointed from the SUCo initiative.

One of the worrying developments is the increased strength of the Animal Rights movement into Africa and the increased pressure on hunting and hunters. This will not be resolved if we cannot create solidarity between us. In February 2020, it was suggested that the new TGA/SUCo group should use the Three Musketeerswar cry: All for one and one for all!But now, ten months later, we have moved no further forward. The TGA is undeterred and we persist in our support for the TGA/SUCo objectives. We will lose this war, however, if we cannot find solidarity, so lets hope the new year will find a route through this quagmire. The TGA directorate truly believes in the TGA/SUCo initiative and we are ready to put our shoulder behind the wheel.

As we cannot function without your support, we urge you to renew your TGA membership at the beginning of 2021.

May you all enjoy a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy new Year 2021!

With best wishes,

Ron Thomson (CEO) on behalf of the TGA Directorate

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: www.ronthomsonshuntingbooks.co.za.

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