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    Post  mudra on Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:39 pm

    Gentle Giants The lives of captive elephants in Thailand



    Gentle Giants is a 45 minute documentary about the lives of captive elephants in Thailand. Join 11 year old Zacchari 'Tonnam' Bellas as he volunteers at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. He discovers the truth behind the lives of captive elephants used in the entertainment and logging industry . He meets some of the elephants at the park and learns about the touching stories of their lives. He also pays a visit to the more than 260 dogs that were rescued from the Thai floods in 2011.

    Suitable for all ages, 9 years or older, and packed with animation and fun, Gentle Giants is a light hearted look at a very moving subject.

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    Post  mudra on Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:59 pm

    This Video Will Make You Never Want To Eat Lobster Again

    PETA’s groundbreaking investigation of mass crustacean slaughter recorded animals who were ripped apart and boiled alive for Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster.

    Lobsters and crabs feel pain. Lobsters do not have a centralized nervous system—but instead have ganglia, or masses of nervous tissue, spread throughout their bodies— so their deaths can be prolonged. A lobster’s nervous system continues to function even after the animal is dismembered.

    Lobsters are like us in many ways; they have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence. They too carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.

    Around 2.3 million lobsters and countless crabs will be killed at this slaughterhouse this year alone. Don’t let more animals suffer this fate.

    Exposé: Live Lobsters, Crabs Torn Apart

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jgfyd6M-I0


    http://worldtruth.tv/this-video-will-make-you-never-want-to-eat-lobster-again/

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    Post  burgundia on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:10 am



    http://saynotodogmeat.net/2014/12/07/china-fully-conscious-pet-dog-has-all-four-legs-severed-before-being-skinned-alive/

    China: Fully Conscious Pet Dog Has All Four Legs Severed Before Being Skinned Alive

    Shocking report out of China! A three-year old Golden retriever named Maomao (毛毛), who was a loved pet was stolen one week ago, in the morning. She had given birth to puppies only 45 days earlier. The stolen dog was then sold to a dog butcher/dog meat restaurant at 3pm on the same day, where unthinkable cruelty was deliberately inflicted upon her.

    WARNING: reader discretion advised.

    While fully conscious, the trusting loved pet who only knew kindness from her owners was tied to a pole and the dog butcher seized her left hind paw and began to slowly sawing through her fur and flesh and sinews, cutting tendons and veins and sawing into her bones as she screamed in agony, unable to save herself from this horror.



    Slipping in her own blood, she fell to the ground in blinding pain as her lower left leg was severed and tossed aside.

    The butcher was only using a small knife, which proves none of the cuts were clean cuts or rapid. It is impossible to severe a dog’s legs with any speed while only using a small knife. Remember: this dog was FULLY CONSCIOUS!



    The Chinese dog butcher then seized Maomao’s right hind paw (top photograph) and slowly began severing that as well, sawing through her ‘live’ bones. Maomao’s blood curdling screams for help fell on deaf ears. Reports show some passersby stopped to observe and then continued walking on without getting involved, completely lacking in basic empathy.

    Look at the dog’s face in the photos. She is awake and fully aware. She is in shock and completely not knowing how to defend herself. This was a dog who only knew love from people. Her life revolved around pleasing people, who she loved in return. Her loyalty was repaid in agony from this bastard!



    The butcher then continued to saw off both of Maomao’s front legs too – one by one. The dog was now laying in her own blood, with all four paws and lower limbs severed off!

    The butcher then strung the still alive Maomao up, and peeled her skin off her as though he was peeling a banana.

    In the middle of all this, one man took pity and offered the butcher EU65.00 for the dog but the butcher REFUSED! (EU65.oo was all the money the man had on him at the time.)



    Maomao’s owner utterly devastated! He went to the police but was given the run-around and told to wait until after the weekend, before they could even look at his case.

    Flanked by close friends, four days later (November 30th), Maomao’s owner confronted the dog butcher / restaurant owner, who became indignant at being accused of inflicting cruelty. The butcher puffed himself up and arrogantly said he didn’t buy dead dogs. “Cutting up live dogs is my usual practice to guarantee the freshness of the meat,” said the despicable dog butcher.
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    Post  orthodoxymoron on Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:12 pm

    The historical and contemporary butchery damns humanity more than just about anything else. I continue to conceptualize an idealistic predominantly-human solar-system -- yet this ideal most-often seems to be a lost-cause. The other day, I encountered a young deer laying in a small field. I was approximately 50 feet from the deer -- but it didn't even stand-up -- so I sat-down, and we simply watched each other for 4 or 5 minutes. I talked to it the whole-time -- and in some-way it seemed to understand. Then, I got-up, and slowly walked-away. Perhaps I should slowly walk-away from a lot of things...
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    Giraffes In Danger Of Extinction

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    Post  orthodoxymoron on Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:16 am

    What continues to haunt me is how badly Humanity has trashed Earth (and all dwelling therein -- including the plants and animals) over the past couple of hundred years. Now we are capable of destroying the whole damn world in less than an hour. From the Swamp to the Stars to Space-Dust!! We've come a long way, baby!!
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    An animal which was taken care of in a loving way

    Post  B.B.Baghor on Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:58 pm



    Time to go home, girl......... that was it...... for this giraffe, unfortunately. In the picture, she was brought in at
    closing time and suddenly her head and neck came out, in a quick snakelike motion and I caught her on camera.
    with that funny look in her face, priceless!

    This giraffe has been for a long time the mascotte of circus Belly Wien, until last Septembre 2014,
    when she died of colics in her intestines, one week before she returned again to the park, where the circus, with her,
    had been in springtime this year. All circus artists were very caring and gentle with their animals, who were mostly
    out all day, reminding the visitors a bit of being in a zoo. Camels, horses, donkeys, tigers, austriches and lamas,
    all were held within fences, in an atmosphere of quietude.

    This lovely giraffe had only one act in the circus tent, always the last one. She walked in and made her round
    along the lowest rows with children sitting, carrots ready in their hands. This round of treats was accompanied
    by many ohhh's and ahhhh's by the parents in the public.

    During the day, the giraffe walked outside on a large meadow, receiving grass, carrots and apple parts, from little
    toddlers hands, gently taking the gift with great care and preciseness! I've never seen a giraffe doing that so beautifully
    and many with me witnessed this. Within a week she was the darling of the neighborhood and each day I went to see her.

    The trees within the reach of this giant towering giraffe's head were ridden of their leaves a bit, during that weeks' visit.
    In September we all looked forward to see the circus again and the giraffe in her meadow. Only she didn't show up!
    I went to one of the circus wagons the next morning and asked one of the women how the giraffe was.

    She told me of this giraffes death, one week ago and how it happened, she looked very sad. I asked her if the giraffe
    had lived a long time with them and she told me that she was born amidst of the circuschildren growing up together.
    She told me that everybody in the circus family had loved her always very much  and that she was greatly missed.
    Now you can have a look at her too.
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    Post  burgundia on Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:37 pm

    http://www.examiner.com/article/vietnam-kills-thousands-of-seized-cats
    Vietnam kills thousands of seized cats



    Hanoi police forces in Vietnam seized three tons of cats last week that were found to be illegally smuggled into the country from China. While consuming cats in Vietnam is a criminal offense, the underground cat meat trade is big business. Every week, thousands of cats are smuggled into the country for human consumption. Regulations mandate that all smuggled goods confiscated by authorities must be destroyed. However, animal protection organizations were urging Hanoi officials to turn the cats over to them instead.

    Since January 29, over 20,500 people signed an online petition urging the Vietnam Embassy in the United States to step in and save the cats. Although Vietnam officials have since remained silent on the issue, early this morning, police forces notified the Global Conservation Group that all cats confiscated during the raid have been buried.

    Hunter Shaffer, Chief Investigative Officer with the Global Conservation Group says they are disappointed with the actions of the Vietnam government, telling Examiner.com:

    This is an absolute tragedy, and will not be tolerated. The Global Conservation Group strongly condemns the actions of the Vietnamese government and will be doing everything in our power to strengthen animal protection laws and regulations to ensure this does not occur again. Their actions demonstrate poor leadership and may result in significant legal ramifications."

    Because authorities do not have the resources to humanely euthanize all the cats, Shaffer says police likely buried the cats alive. The group also wrote an open letter to the Vietnam Ambassador in the United States condemning their actions.

    We reached out to the Hanoi Police Department and the Vietnam Embassy in the United States and United Kingdom for comment; they declined.

    UPDATE 2/4/15: Vietnam authorities claim cats were crushed to death with a dump truck before being buried. More Information: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-an-animal-rights-group-played-a-comm...
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    Post  burgundia on Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:06 am

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2952313/Customers-watch-Chinese-vendors-sell-fresh-donkey-meat-road-killing-animals-them.html

    Smashed to death with a sledgehammer: Customers watch as Chinese vendors sell ‘fresh donkey meat’ by the side of the road after killing animals in front of them

    Lines of donkeys were seen tethered to the roadside awaiting execution
    Meat was instantly butchered and sold directly to passing motorists
    Vendors ensure they get the best price possible by butchering to order
    Donkey meat is a delicacy in China and a cut weighing around 1.5kg sells for the equivalent of £10






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    Animal rights versus human rights

    Post  B.B.Baghor on Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:31 am

    Unpredictable as it may be, regarding the outcome of this debate, at least
    it's given attention and, to me, genuine considerations. Some of them I find well put.

    Excerpt from article Huffington Post:

    "Does Promoting Animal Rights Translate Greater Commitment to Human Rights?

    While nature may not offer an obvious guide for a debate on animal rights, ironically it may be human behavior that could offer some greater incentive. Are persons who have been associated with animal abuse/torture more likely to engage in torture and perhaps war crimes toward fellow human beings? Poachers are less likely to empathize with animals but also human beings. During the Bosnia & Herzegovina conflict there was credible evidence that those who slaughtered animals apparently were more readily capable of translating such "skill" to human beings. Suppressing empathy toward any animal may have its impact on our psychology and respect for life, including other human beings. On the other hand, do we benefit when opening our intellect and sensitivities toward all living things? An appreciation of a universal connectivity may also be the source of healing among humans, and a greater commitment toward peace among mankind, the primary mission of the United Nations".

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-muhamed-sacirbey/is-animal-rights-the-next_b_4568717.html
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    Post  mudra on Tue May 05, 2015 12:33 pm

    Indian City Becomes First Vegetarian City in the World


    Worldcrunch reports a historic change in Palitana, an Indian city, which has become the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

    Behind this revolutionary change are the Jain monks who went on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. The hunger strike was successful and the Gujarat government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.

    About 5 million people in India practice Jainism and agree with the ban.

    Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk, says, "Everyone in this world - whether animal or human being or a very small creature - has all been given the right to live by God."

    read on: Arrow http://www.mfablog.org/indian-city-becomes-first-vegetarian-city

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    Post  burgundia on Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:00 am

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3133539/Secret-cameras-capture-preparations-China-s-barbaric-annual-meat-festival-tensions-mount-traders-animal-rights-groups-ahead-tomorrow-s-official-launch.html

    Undercover footage of the notorious Yulin meat festival has emerged as tensions mount ahead of tomorrow's official launch.

    Thousands of dogs are being shipped in and slaughtered by dog traders to mark China's summer solstice, which will then be eaten and washed down with lycee wine.

    Harrowing pictures have emerged of the stolen family pets and other waifs and strays, stuffed inside cramped metal cages as they are lined up to be sold at the cruel carnival.




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    Post  burgundia on Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:44 am

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/26/zimbabwe-hunt-spaniard-accused-of-killing-cecil-the-lion

    Zimbabwean authorities hunt Spaniard accused of killing Cecil the lion

    European allegedly paid €50,000 for chance to kill tourist attraction, who was found headless after being shot with a bow and arrow and tracked for 40 hours
    Authorities in Zimbabwe are trying track down a Spaniard who allegedly paid park guides €50,000 (£35,000) for the chance to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions, who was the star attraction at the Hwange national park. The creature was found skinned and headless on the outskirts of the park.

    The 13-year-old lion was wearing a GPS collar as part of a research project that Oxford University has been running since 1999, making it possible to trace its last movements when it was tricked into leaving the park and shot with a bow and arrow. The hunters then tracked the dying animal for 40 hours before they killed it with a rifle.

    Bait, in the form of a freshly killed animal, was used to tempt Cecil out of the park, a technique commonly used so that hunters can “legally” kill protected lions.

    “Cecil’s death is a tragedy, not only because he was a symbol of Zimbabwe but because now we have to give up for dead his six cubs, as a new male won’t allow them to live so as to encourage Cecil’s three females to mate,” said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. “The two people who accompanied the hunter have been arrested but we haven’t yet tracked down the hunter, who is Spanish.”

    The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association admitted that its members were involved and that the case was being investigated. It claims it was a private safari and therefore not illegal, but the government insists that the lion lived on the reserve and came under its protection.

    The Oxford University study was looking into the impact of sports hunting on lions living in the safari area surrounding the national park. The research found that 34 of 62 tagged lions died during the study period. 24 were shot by sport hunters. Sport hunters in the safari areas surrounding the park killed 72% of tagged adult males from the study area.

    Dr Andrew Loveridge, one of the principal researchers on the project, said that “hunting predators on the boundaries of national parks such as Hwange causes significant disturbance and knock-on effects” such as infanticide when new males enter the prides.

    Police are seeking the lion’s remains among the country’s taxidermists. The Spanish conservation organisation Chelui4lions has written to Cites de España, the body that oversees the import of endangered species, asking it to prevent the importing of Cecil’s head as a trophy.

    “From 2007 to 2012 Spain was the country that imported the most lion trophies from South Africa. During this period it imported 450 heads, compared to 100 in Germany. Europe needs to ban these lion hunting trophies altogether,” said Luis Muñoz, a Chelui4lions spokesman.

    “What hunter, what sort of demented person, would want to kill a magnificent adult lion, known to and photographed by all the park’s visitors?” Muñoz said. “We’re ashamed of the fact that in Spain there are rich madmen who pay for the pleasure of killing wild animals such as lions.”

    Bryan Orford, a professional wildlife guide who has worked in Hwange and filmed Cecil many times, told National Geographic that the lion was the park’s “biggest tourist attraction”. Orford calculates that with tourists from just one nearby lodge collectively paying €8,000 per day, Zimbabwe would have brought in more in just five days by having Cecil’s photograph taken rather than being shot by someone paying a one-off fee of €50,000.

    The incident, which occurred earlier this month and has only just come to light, has caused outrage in Zimbabwe, coming only days after the ZCTF revealed that 23 elephant calves had been separated from their herds in Hwange and exported to zoos in China and the United Arab Emirates. The Zimbabwean government insists the trade is legal and measures are in place to guarantee the animals’ wellbeing.

    This article was amended on Sunday 26 July. An earlier version said Cecil had been wearing a GPS collar since 1999. It should have said that the GPS project has been running since 1999. A reference to elephant cubs has also been corrected to calves.

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    Post  burgundia on Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:29 pm

    http://blog.therainforestsite.com/ethical-dilemma-cecil/#lSKKudKmrsIdmXcC.01

    The Ethical Dilemma Of Cecil The Lion. What Does This Story Tell Us?

    Chances are you’ve heard about the murder of Zimbabwe’s famous lion, Cecil. The story of Cecil’s death at the hands of sadistic dentist Walter Palmer from Minnesota has become international news, and has brought a great deal of necessary attention to the evils of big game hunting. Cecil is the face of trophy hunting now, but between 1996 and 2006, nearly 96 lions were hunted. PER YEAR. Rhinos are also extremely vulnerable, with 15-20 killed a year by poachers and hunters. It is time to make a greater push to make sure heartbreaking stories like this never happen again.
    Hunting for “sport” has been controversial since its inception, bringing up questions of the morality of killing animals simply for a laugh, as well as the penchant of humans to wipe out entire species for no good reason. The Dodo bird is obviously the go-to creature when talking about extinction, but on July 27th of 2015, not even a week ago, we saw one of the last 5 white rhino’s left pass away. It is only a matter of time before we lose the last 4. Their drive to extinction is due to human desire for their horns, and we are very, very good at killing what we want. As we have advanced as a species, more people are realizing that animals are just as important to the world as people are (although how this was ever a question is depressing in its own right). Trophy hunting has become unpopular to a more educated public.

    Sadly, improving technology has made hunting easier for people that still have an overwhelming desire to kill for a head or skin to hang on the wall. With increased ability to trap, drug, trick, or force animals out of their homes and into vulnerable spaces, not to mention advancements in weaponry, people who otherwise wouldn’t brave being on the same continent with some of these creatures are comfortable going on trophy hunts. And big-game hunting is almost more damaging than it ever has been.

    Cecil was a famous lion living in a protected area of Zimbabwe, part of a conservation and educational effort working to save and renew lion populations in Africa. He was tagged with a GPS collar in order to study the movement of the pride, and to protect the lions from poachers. The men tied a dead animal to their car, encouraging Cecil to follow them out of the protected area. Then Palmer, who paid $50,000 for the chance to kill a lion, shot Cecil with a crossbow. However, Palmer is apparently a terrible shot, and only managed to wound the big cat. It wasn’t until 40 hours later that they managed to find him, and finish him off with a gun. They then removed the head and skin before trying to destroy the GPS device that was on Cecil – an action that puts a hole in Palmer’s argument that he thought everything was aboveboard. As he’s done in the past, Palmer took a photo with his trophy so he could show off just how brave and tough he really is.


    Considering the number of hoops Palmer had to go through to lead Cecil out of the national park, it is highly unlikely that he wasn’t aware of the illegality of his actions. In fact, Palmer has a long history of “trophy” hunting. He has murdered leopards (pictured above), elk, wild boar, a bear (a kill that saw him convicted of felony poaching), and even a rhino! He likely knew what he was getting into, as poaching and trophy hunting are very closely related. This monumentally vulgar practice has led to 24 of the 62 tagged lions in the national park being killed for “sport” since 1999. For perspective, only 10 died naturally over that same period. Lion slaughter in Zimbabwe is a microcosm of a larger issue: ability to essentially buy a trophy like Palmer did.

    Since the story hit the news in the last few days, Palmer has refused to answer his phone, and actually closed his practice for a few days in an attempt to dodge facing the blowback (including 40+ PAGES of negative Yelp reviews). Prominent figures like Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Kimmel have had passionate reactions to the story as well, helping to keep the story alive and spreading it to people that might otherwise miss the details of this tragedy.

    Palmer raises the question of how America can handle its citizens committing serious crimes overseas. While the men who helped Palmer kill Cecil were arrested, they were released on $1,000 bail, and any conviction is nebulous at best. Palmer himself has yet to be contacted by officials from Zimbabwe or the United States, and whether he can be charged in either country is doubtful. This kind of legal grey area is a major blow to deterring hunters. Even a felony conviction for poaching in Wisconsin didn’t stop Palmer from continuing to hunt, he just went farther out to do it.
    While passing anti-poaching laws is essential to helping protect these animals that so desperately need it, we need to evolve as a culture and stop celebrating the outdated, bloodthirsty, and sadistic “sport” of trophy hunting. We should be terrified that there are still people out there that are so excited and aroused by murdering large animals, simply to prove their superiority over nature. Fighting the arrogant trophy hunting culture and enacting laws that strongly punish poachers will be difficult, but despite the Herculean effort required, it will create a better world for everyone, animal and human alike.

    You can continue to help the fight to protect animals like Cecil. We are still fighting to protect animals from trophy hunting, as well as raising money to protect African species from poachers. It may take time, but we can stop this vile practice!

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    Post  burgundia on Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:19 pm

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/limpopo/100-animals-shot-in-five-day-hunt-1.1915207#.VfW05__ouM9

    100 animals shot in five-day hunt

    Durban - Thirteen European hunters who went on a controversial five-day hunt this week have exposed a glaring flaw in the country’s legislation governing the practice, according to animal rights activists and advocacy groups.

    The driven hunt took place on three farms in Alldays, Limpopo .

    About 100 animals, chiefly warthog and antelope, were shot by the hunters, who positioned themselves on purpose-made platforms in the bush.

    According to observers, including representatives of the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), 83 “chasers”, dressed in bright clothing and walking 10m apart from one another, herded animals into specially-cleared areas in the bush, where the hunters were waiting.

    “This is not sporting,” said Ainsley Hay, the NSPCA’s wildlife protection unit manager.
    Other wildlife advocacy groups and animal lovers also condemned the hunting expedition.
    iol news pic Nt Driven chain Chasers in their brightly coloured overalls are responsible for steering "spooked" animals in the direction of the hunters. Picture: Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

    “This is a rich man’s thing, it is not hunting and is absolutely shocking,” said Paul Oxton, founder of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation.

    The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given driven hunting its blessing and said the hunters complied with regulations.

    The NSPCA had to make a court application to observe the five-day event, and the media were denied access.

    Simon Matome, communications head of the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, said things got “acrimonious” between the owners, the media and the NSPCA, and led to the media being excluded.

    Matome said ”hunting is legal in South Africa”.

    “The farmers have come into ownership of property, with wild animals on the property, through land claims. They generate income through hunting, but first consult hunting associations for control reasons,” he said.

    Matome visited one of the farms on Tuesday.

    “They were mostly from Belgium and the Netherlands and they were licensed to hunt,” he said. “They started off on a practice range before heading out, but I didn’t see a herd of animals being slaughtered like has been reported.”

    He said the dead animals were taken to the abattoir and the hunters got their trophy heads.



    “If they are saying we are doing something illegal, let’s go to court. What will we be charged with?” he asked.

    Matome said that although the hunting was happening on private property, there were checks in place to ensure no laws were being broken.

    The Green Scorpions environmental protection agency was also keeping an eye on hunting.

    “No illegality had been reported, so there was no reason to act,” Matome said.

    Matome said the SPCA and other critics should put their objections to Parliament.

    Hay said driven hunting was unacceptable and unethical, irrespective of whether one animal was killed or 100.

    “This thing happened right under the government’s noses,” she said.



    “We have more than enough forms of hunting in this country – why are we entertaining the Europeans? Many SA hunters told us they don’t want driven hunting,” said Hay.

    Oxton, who had been at Alldays for much of the week, also said that many local hunters disapproved of this form of blood sport.

    He said the manner in which the 83 chasers, spread across a kilometre of veld, had moved towards the animals and driven them towards the hunters, was not fair.

    “That’s cruelty. The animals are afraid and cannot escape. It’s akin to canned hunting,” Oxton claimed.

    The Professional Hunters Association of SA (Phasa) said they didn’t have a position on driven hunting.

    “This practice is rare in Africa and occurs mostly in Europe. We have no knowledge of the event staged in Limpopo other than what has been reported in the media. None of our members participated,” said Phasa president Herman Meyeridricks.



    Stephen Palos of the National Confederation of Hunters Associations of South Africa said the practice of driven hunting was not new, and that if hunting was banned, huge numbers of animals would end up needing to be culled.

    In that case, thousands of jobs in the tourism sector would be lost.

    “Driven hunts are a common, legitimate practice both here and elsewhere.

    “A form of driven hunt called ‘Voorsit’ is the common way to hunt springbok in the Karoo.

    “We are not anti anything which is legal.”

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