Now… a Contentious Observation

The “endangered species” concept is a fallacy. For a whole species to be truly “endangered” means that every one of its populations must be UNSAFE.

The endangered species concept also implies that you cannot manage a species as a whole when in fact you can only manage a species, population by population; and depending on whether it is UNSAFE; SAFE or EXCESSIVE.

So, it is not correct to call the elephant an endangered species when every one of its populations in southern Africa is EXCESSIVE.

If society accepts that the elephant is an endangered species – and acknowledges that all its populations are forcibly being subjected to “preservation management” (as is the case today) – then society must also understand that all the elephants’ SAFE and EXCESSIVE populations are being forcibly subjected to gross MISMANAGEMENT.

Within touching distance of Botswana – including Botswana; Hwange; Gonarezhou; and Kruger National Parks – every single elephant population is grossly EXCESSIVE.

And my recommendation is that they should ALL be reduced by half, in the first instance, immediately.
So that will give you some idea of the extent of ‘disposable’ elephants that Botswana has to deal with; and to what extent the elephants of Botswana can be utilised on a sustainable basis for the benefit of the country’s people.


Ron Thomson

RON THOMSON His passion, today, is concerned with creating a better informed society – better informed, that is, about “best practice” wildlife management and the wise and sustainable utilization of our wild living resources for the benefit of mankind. He has a strong and passionate commitment to exposing the menace and iniquities of the animal rights doctrine. He is a founding member of the True Green Alliance (TGA) and, for the duration of 2016, he was its President. In January 2017 he was appointed CEO. The TGA is affiliated to South Africa’s wildlife Industry insofar as it has undertaken to fight the industry’s battles to overcome pernicious opposition from the South African and international animal rights movement.

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One thought on “Now… a Contentious Observation

  • October 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Whilst elephants are undoubtably a valuable asset, and for all sorts of reasons, we really should consider the word ‘Asset’. …….. With gold, for instance, and as an asset, the more that you have, so the wealthier you are. That simply doesn’t apply to elephants.
    The elephant becomes a valued asset, when it is viewed as a managed, controlled and so – a protected species. Protection – another word to consider – protection from all those elements which would harm the species.


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