South Africa

They are rugby players not a bunch of blouses

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A bunch of squeamish limp-dicked wowsers are happening scorn on Crusader rugby players because they dared to enjoy a spot of hunting…legally, shooting legal game animals, with legal permits, and legal guides.

If these blokes stepped out of the bush in New Zealand with a 12 pointer Red stag, a massive Captain Cooker and few goats to feed the dogs wearing nothing but boots, shorts and a swannie then we’d be calling them good keen blokes.

Pictures of Crusaders rugby players on a hunting trip in South Africa are being used by an environmental organisation in its fight against what it calls canned, or joyride, hunting.

The players shown in the four pictures posted by the Landmark Foundation on its Facebook page were Tom Taylor, George and Sam Whitelock, Ben Funnell and Tyler Bleyendaal. In each picture, one or more of the players was posing beside a dead animal. The animals were a zebra, a blesbok, a gemsbok and an eland.

Foundation director Dr Bool Smuts said none of the animals involved were endangered and he expected the hunting was legal.

But his foundation was “against the whole concept of trophy hunting”.

“If it was a biological intervention on a professional basis … for management of species and biodiversity we can understand that,” Smuts said.

“When these people (hunters) come out they want to hunt the thing with the biggest horns, the most dominant males usually because they are the good trophies, so the natural selection is not natural at all.”

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Some are starting to wake up to the threat of plain packaging

I have been telling anyone who would listen, both on this site and in speeches that other businesses will be the next target for plain packing after the health nazis have finished destroying tobacco.

Some just shake their heads and say that it will never happen to their industry, others acknowledge it but think that their blond media trained bimbos sitting outside the CEOs office will be able to bat off the massed forces of state funded troughers presenting their “evidence” to bewildered and easily confused politicians.

They are wrong, and the pain isn’t far off, particularly for the food and beverage industry.

Some are waking up though.

Lawyers for confectioner Mars have warned that plain packaging for tobacco could have a major impact on other products to the detriment of consumers, according betterRetailing.

Should the government proceed with plans to introduce plain packaging, it could lead to brand names being put into plain type, as well as certain colours and shapes being removed from product packaging.

Mars argued that these types of branding helped consumers to identify quality products, which had a lesser risk of being counterfeited. Mars would certainly be vulnerable to such regulations, with ownership of Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, as well as its chocolate and petcare products.    Read more »

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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.

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The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle again last night with Josie Pagani. Tim Dower was sitting in for Larry Williams.

We were talking about.

John Minto moaning about being left out of the delegation to pay their respects to Mandela – what a cry baby. He’s an embarrassment.

Then we’ve got ANOTHER child poverty report which again just moans about people with no money breeding – then blames everyone else. It would be nice to have an action plan with actual ideas about how to stop the poverty cycle rather than the same old boring people coming up with the same problem blaming everyone else.  Read more »

Left-wing campaigning for Minto, but have they forgotten this?

The left-wing is distracting themselves by creating a petition and campaigning for John Minto to got to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral

But in their haste to push Minto forward they need to be reminded of this from 2008.

An anti-apartheid activist who organised protests in New Zealand during a tour by South Africa’s rugby team in 1981 has rejected nomination for an award from President Thabo Mbeki’s government.

John Minto, organiser of the Halt All Racist Tours campaign, declined the Companion of O R Tambo Award, saying the changes in South Africa since the end of white minority rule had benefited only an elite.  Read more »

Nelson Mandela dies

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South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, has died.  Read more »

When a Hummer just doesn’t quite cut it