Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hunting Game is No Fun

For my birthday last month we visited Marwell Zoo, which we love. Rob is always happy to pay the donation towards the conservation of wildlife. He has been fortunate enough to play with baby cheetahs in Kenya and even baby elephants in Nepal  so the topic of illegal hunting strikes a chord with him.


Whilst visiting the horned animals we admired just how majestic they looked. It's a wonder how some of them could even keep their head up, their horns were so huge! We moved onto an exhibition which featured a large glass cabinet displaying mounted skulls, complete with horns, plus information on the dimensions that the horns can grow to and how the species are coping with the impact of poaching. We briefly broached the subject with our daughter, who at the time was 3 years 8 months. We tried to explain it in an age-appropriate way that didn't instil any fear into her, 

"The baddies want the elephant's tusks, because if the baddies sold them, they could get rich"

This special FT* film highlights how big money is driving the global supply chain. It is a very interesting report which I recommend you to watch in your spare time.

This year the main news focussed on hunting game, or in this case, big cats, was the story of the death of Cecil the lion. Named after Cecil Rhodes, a British-born South African politician, Cecil the lion lived until the age of thirteen. Unlike typical poaching for financial gain through trade of ivory or fur, Cecil was killed for recreation. There was a complete media-storm and it provoked a lot of reactions from people all over the world. However, illegal hunting and poaching happens all the time and it is a dangerous criminal business as poachers risk being killed by security forces.

It would be best to focus on improving tourism with the affected countries and provide more jobs to break at least one link in the global supply chain. It is a difficult but important matter which needs to be addressed by policymakers and governments together.

I hope that the future of the rhino will be recovered; if the hunting rates increase as they are then Rhinos will be lost within my lifetime. A sad thought indeed.

On a lighter note, if the angry rhino which charged the land rover with my now husband in it had been successful with his carnage, I wouldn't have the family and life I have today. True event!

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  1. I love this post. Visited the safari at Milton Keynes some weeks ago and I loved it.

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    1. Thanks Stella. I don't think I have been to that one, one for the future maybe. I love your latest cape dress by the way :)
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