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Breeding and trading endangered wild animals is not conservation – it threatens their survival

Breeding and trading endangered wild animals is not conservation – it threatens their survival

By Andreas Wilson-Spath - Daily Maverick Conservationists have demonstrated that legalised trade and commercial breeding of wild animals stimulates demand, encourages poachers and smugglers and ultimately pushes species towards extinction in the wild. A new study supports this view. People involved in the commercial breeding and trade of wild animals would have us believe that they are conservationists; that their industry – a growing and increasingly influential player in South Africa – contributes to the survival of species in the wild. A sophisticated new study conducted in the huge...

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Namibia’s live elephant sales: a pragmatic assessment

Namibia’s live elephant sales: a pragmatic assessment

By Dr Adam Cruise & Dr Keith Lindsay There has been a considerable media frenzy surrounding the auction of 170 live elephants by the Namibian government. While such a move raises serious concerns about the motives, legality and welfare of this auction, much of the media commentary, however, has been based on unsubstantiated and misleading accusations that do not address these concerns adequately. The global outcry came directly from a single government-sponsored advertisement carried by the Namibian state-owned newspaper New Era in early December last year. The advertisement offered 170...

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Trophy hunters, you’re wrong. Dead wrong

Trophy hunters, you’re wrong. Dead wrong

By Cyril Christo, The Hill Trophy hunting and poaching are essentially the same, except that trophy hunters pay thousands of dollars for the pleasure.  Or the American taxpayer pays for it—Donald Trump’s sons have regularly hunted endangered species at tax-payer’s expense because security guards go with them.  And it’s hard to see where sport is involved—one of the president’s sons killed an elephant by shooting a high-powered rifle at him from a plane, and all trophy hunters hunt with guides or guards to protect them. In contrast, most of the poachers are from the local...

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New spate of elephant deaths in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

New spate of elephant deaths in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

By Dr Keith Lindsay On 24 January, new reports have emerged that fresh or relatively fresh elephant carcasses had been found in the Mombo Camp area of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Ngamiland, Botswana. The reports noted that at least five elephants were seen in accessible parts of the concession area of Wilderness Safaris, who own the camp. The carcasses reportedly ranged in age from very recent to a few weeks old. The tusks were intact and at least some of the elephants, of different ages and sex, were found to have collapsed directly onto their sternums. These scenarios are...

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