How Stupid, Short Sighted & Crazy is this Burning of Ivory & Rhino Horn???

In a statement released in Prague, Czech Republic, this week, Leakey lashed out at the buyers, suppliers and purveyors of South Africa’s now legal domestic horn trade, ahead of Tuesday’s second rhino horn burn-and-destroy ceremony at the Dvur Králové Zoo.

Our short response to the Zoo’s horn burning ceremony keeps traders in Czech.

It is like throwing all the red meat we have in our supermarkets and butcheries into the sea…
BECAUSE “some people” in the First World say we must become vegetarians;
It is like pouring milk down the drain…
BECAUSE “some people” in the First World believe that milking cows is cruel;
It is like burning everything that is made from leather and wool…
Because “some people” in the First World disapprove of man using animal products.
It is like rendering the trade in ALL animal products to zero
Because “some people”….. and so the litany goes on and on.

Then we wonder:
Why there is so much poverty and unemployment in South Africa?
Why people avoid trading with us?
Why South Africa’s human health status is in a constant state of decline?
Why the value of the South African Rand is so low compared to other currencies, and
Why we always seem to be tottering on the brink of anarchy

When are South Africans going to tell those “some people” in the First world to go away? We know better than they do what is best for South Africa!

Where common sense flies out the window and there is no regard given to practical considerations,
it is no wonder that the First World animal rightists continue to play us stupid Africans like fishes on
hooks whilst they laugh all the way to the bank to deposit their “wildlife charity” donations….
BECAUSE that is what it is all about – MONEY!

EISCH… When will we ever learn?

Image: Rhino horn burning ceremony Media 24



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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