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The Hunters Club (new show pilot episode)

Global roar against ‘canned’ hunting more of a tame meow

Ever since the outraged sparked on social media after Melissa Bachman (as I posted about several months ago about the blind irony of hunting outrage)  posed with a dead Lion she had shot, the animal activists went feral with abusive messages, sexist and misogynist taunts  and death threats. Despite a persons views on such subjects it should never descend to that level of behaviour, but such is the anonymity of the internet. Although many reading this may not have known it, yesterday was a ‘global protest’ against what they call ‘canned’ hunting. It would have been hard to find out, as very few media outlets covered because it is simply a non issue that really is no business to anyone except for people in the likes of South Africa.

But of course being a non issue, makes it a perfect story for a newspaper that is losing subscriptions  like a glue sniffer loses brain cells as the unattributed  Herald article repeats reports:

Wildlife campaigners joined rallies around South Africa in an international push to protect the lion and save the king of beasts from being raised in cages for “canned hunting”.

In Cape Town, South African archbishop and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu gave his support to the rally with a prayer read by his daughter Mpho, calling for success in “saving all wildlife, but especially in this instance white lions.”

“Save the lion” rallies are set to be held in cities around the world, but the focus is on South Africa, where the hunting of lions raised in captivity is lucrative business.

Canned hunting involves releasing the lions into a confined area with no escape, and then allowing hunters to take home a lion head or skin as a memento from their kill.

“I don’t believe in canned hunting. It shouldn’t be hunting for trophies,” said Madeleine Goetsch, 54, who joined around 3,000 people at a march in Johannesburg.

“There is a place for regular hunting but certainly not for near extinct species,” she said.

Hold on a sec, near extinct species? Well, not quite. Lets have the real facts:

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That’s not quite “near extinct’. Not exactly pests either, but certainly not near extinct.

One of the rally organisers, Drew Abrahamson, 43, a conservationist who works in tourism, told AFP that the process of canned hunting starts when cubs are taken away from their mothers to be tamed and allow tourists to pet them.

“Then when they become too dangerous, they enable them to grow, especially the males, and they release the mature males for the hunters,” she explained.

“They can shoot at close range as the lions are tamed.”

Hunting for wild animals is a big tourism draw in South Africa bringing in 1.24 billion rand (83 million euros, $115 million) in 2012, according to a study.

A foreign hunter pays more than $3,000 a day for the hunting, which requires a special permit, it said, with part of the fee slated for preservation.

The foreign hunters are mainly rich Americans (55 per cent) and Europeans (40 per cent), especially Germans, French, Poles, Finns, Austrians and Hungarians.

And the business of raising lions in captivity is increasing, according to a memorandum the campaigners presented to the South African government, the European Union and CITES, the international convention for the protection of wildlife.

Around 60 per cent of the lions in South Africa – some 5,000 animals – live in cages to be sold to zoos or released for a few days into the designated area to become the target of hunters.

The caged lions are nearly three times more numerous than lions in the wild, according to the campaigners who are calling for the practice to be ended.

South Africa’s association of professional hunters criticised the campaign saying it was confusing illegal hunts with forms that are legal and responsible and “have a positive impact” on wildlife preservation, it said.

Appears to be a sound business opportunity if you can get into it, not only does it help save the animals in the wild by easing hunting pressure, it is a profitable tourism venture. Ironically millions of dollars made from game farm hunting goes into conservation and sustainability management.  Money which otherwise does not come from anywhere else. Least of all from the shrieking protesters bleating like hungry goats that are apparently trying to save the Lions by trying to ban the practice that funds the population sustainability, many can’t seem to get their heads around the ironic fact that it the game park hunting keeping the wild populations head above water.

Meanwhile, thousands took to the streets in Auckland yesterday in protest:

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I count nine. Meanwhile, lame ducks in Auckland continue to be protected by legislation, despite causing widespread damage to the local economy and population.

Tuesday nightCap

PETA says animals are equal with humans, but don’t mind killing your pets

 

The batshit crazy animal advocates group PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) stayed true to form suggesting the life of a wild animal is as important as a human life. This is a seriously twisted way of thinking, as it is normal for a species to favour its own over all others, not the other way around.

On December 13th, PETA “Special Projects” Division Manager Alicia Woempner lived up to the group’s reputation for bizarre extremism when she sent a letter scolding 18-year-old hunter and bear mauling victim Camille Bomboy. In the dispatch, Woempner urges the recovering teen to “reflect on [the] incident” and “abandon hunting.”

Earlier in the week, Bomboy had been the victim of a vicious bear attack while hunting on her family’s farm, suffering bites to her arms and a severe injury that almost resulted in the loss of an ear. The attack was only halted when Bomboy’s stepfather frightened off the bear by firing a rifle.

Throughout the letter, Woempner equates human beings with animals, as is characteristic of PETA. Woempner writes, “This seems to be a good opportunity to put yourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill.” (Emphasis added.)  Woempner continues the lecture: “Now that you’ve experienced the horror of an attack –although this one was in self-defense – we hope you will choose to enjoy nature in only nonviolent ways.”

One might think a letter taunting a seriously wounded teenager would be new low for PETA, but it’s unfortunately par for the course. This is an organization that equates the terrorist Animal Liberation Front with the “Underground Railroad and the French Resistance.” This is a group whose president, Ingrid Newkirk, told Washingtonian magazine in 1986, “there is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights.  A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” Worse, according to the Washington Post, in a 1983 interview Newkirk remarked, “Six million people died in concentration camps, but 6 billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.” Read more »

What I was doing last weekend

On my Facebook wall there is a lively debate going about whether or not I should have a) posted this and b) shot the goat int he first place.

Last weekend in the midst of all the Len Brown fall out I was also shooting goats…lots of them…about 80 for the weekend.

Here is one…I called him Leonard…a randy old goat with a big ball sack, but not able to withstand a 150gr ballistic tip .308.

He was one of two standing guard on a mob…we knocked them both over then got stuck into the mob.

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Leonard the Goat at rest beside the Tikka T3 Lite with suppressor

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This is just wall-to-wall awesome. Scenery… the lot

The blind irony of hunting outrage

Every time I see an article in the paper or online about hunting, more so African safaris in the nature of the recent Melissa Bachman and The Herald’s bloated emotive bullshit by Bevan Hurley on NZ businessman Mark Gunton I see the same old nonsense repeated. All, if not most of it is based on emotional outrage, lack of understanding, research or all three of the above. Far be it from from us at WOBH to allow biased MSM spin go unchallenged.

This week over 450,000 people signed a Change.orgpetition calling for the South African government to ban big-game huntress and Minnesota-based television presenter, Melissa Bachman. The online fury was sparked after Bachman posted a photo posing with a dead lion she hunted in Africa.

Above is the perfect example of people left wing idiots who do not can not engage logical thought processes, and act on emotional outrage. All of those who have signed the petition are effectively rallying to act against the law, by petitioning to ban a person for participating in a legal act in that country. Read more »

At least our cougars don’t actually have fangs

Not the kind of cougar we think about

Not the kind of cougar we think about

We live in a pretty benign environment where the most vicious animal is actually human but fortunately we have a reasonably effective police force to deal with those.

In the US though there are a large number of rather large primary predators that just love taking an easy lunch if it presents itself.

Once you peer into the eyes of death— assuming you survive—you never forget those eyes, that look. Blind luck enabled me to survive a grizzly bear attack in 1986, and the look in the eyes of that bear is a vision tattooed into my psyche: menacing, intense, focused on one thing—the kill.

Last winter I saw those eyes, that look, again. One morning, while shaking the sleep out of my brain, I headed to the kitchen looking for some coffee. Glancing out the backdoor slider of our Arizona home, I encountered those same eyes of death. A coyote stood transfixed, staring at his prey: our 20-pound dog that was sound asleep. Only a thin pane of glass separated predator from unsuspecting prey. I hollered. In response, the coyote glanced up at me, turned and trotted into our backyard. Grabbing my camera, I stepped outside. The coyote seemed unfazed: It meandered next door, checked out the neighbors’ deck then went into their front yard. It had zero fear of me.

Why should it? In many modern urban and suburban areas, predators have become part of the daily landscape. Coyotes, black bears and mountain lions are expanding their hunting grounds into city streets and backyards, in some cases operating with apparent disregard for any consequences.  Read more »

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Comment of the day

Yesterdays Face of the day sparked some interesting comments and debate, some good, some  ill thought kneejerk responses of outrage. Given the global fallout this story produced on news sites and social media, I decided to take a cyber stroll and see what was out there. The psychopathic animal activist death threats, suggestions of suicide, the cries and wails of “it’s not fair” and idiotic comments like “lets see you unarmed against the Lion” and it get’s far worse:

“Someone needs to capture her and break every bone in her body.”

“I want to punch this bitch’s teeth out.”

“If I come across her I’ll rip off her fucking face.”

“I would happily blow her head off.”

“I hope she gets breast cancer and dies in pain.”   Read more »