Category: Hunting

USA (Alaska): Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

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Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

 

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By Denise Boehler

Grey wolves. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears. All are living in ecosystems on more than 95 million acres of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges (funded by American taxpayers) and Denali National Park, wandering, romping and bearing young on the last wild frontier.

It’s a magical place: the mere mention of Alaska evokes imagery of wild wolves and majestic bears. At one time, people visited and relocated there just to be in their midst. That’s been changing, however, since the early 1990s, when the Alaska Board of Game (Board) began implementing aggressive predator policies that blame predators for only doing what nature intended. By taking as many predators out of the ecosystem as is arguably sustainable through increasingly efficient and often unfair hunting practices, the Board aims to boost moose and caribou populations for indigenous and out-of-state trophy hunters, bringing millions of dollars into the state. These policies are much debated; conservationists see other explanations than over-predation for reduced prey populations. In the meantime, Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges are becoming game farms, in the words of Alaskan biologist Francis Mauer.

Alaska received statehood in 1958. At the time, the federal government created a mandate for conservation of wildlife as its highest priority through the passage of the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act (ANILCA). Alaskan governors, the Board and out-of-state trophy hunters have had a different priority: Economics. Disregard for the federal mandate and moves toward state control have given rise to not only the question of states’ rights versus federal authority, but a mentality of treating some of the last of this country’s apex predators as an inexhaustible resource. The adoption of these policies is an ongoing controversy, replete with politics and indigenous rights issues, legal arguments and conservation challenges. In the meantime, apex predators are in the literal crosshairs each time a governor appoints a Board member, a Board resolution is signed or a policy enacted.

It can be disheartening to realize that the Board itself is comprised of hunters and those with vested hunting interests. At least one of the members, Vice-Chair Nate Turner, is an owner of an outfitting company directly profiting each time a decision is made to increase bag limits, allow aerial hunting or look the other way when wolf pups are lethally removed from dens. While these specific practices may not bring in direct revenue for Mr. Turner’s company, they are part and parcel of the domination of economics over conservation.

Turner is joined by Chairman Ted Spraker, lifetime NRA member and member of Safari Club International, a proud sponsor of HJRes 69 (a measure stripping Alaska’s right to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuges). Many Alaskans feel that the consumptive makeup of the Board is directly responsible for the increasingly aggressive predator control policies. With none of its members coming from the ecotourism industry that reveres animals as sentient beings, this constitution treats Alaska’s apex predators as animals to be consumed, not conserved. All of its seven members appointed by the governor adhere to this philosophy.

Must Alaska resort to consuming its wildlife to survive? One need only point to the $2 billion annual income in the ecotourism industry, nearly twice the revenue generated from the trophy hunting industry, to answer in the negative. Why, then, do they not support the viewing of wolves and bears from tour buses and the revenue derived from tourism and honor the federal mandate of conservation?

Again, the answer for some Alaskans is simple: The Board consists of hunters. Their philosophies (and conflicts of interest) supersede the conservation priority. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears, grey wolves, are resources. Wealthy trophy hunters pay outfitters handsome sums to take the life of a grizzly (wolves are free, if they are trotting through a hunter’s crosshairs).

Vice-Chairman Turner’s company, Turners Alaskan Adventures, enjoys receiving $6,000 to $14,500 for the life of a grizzly bear, depending upon if it is alone or in the company of a moose. For the lives of three black bears, one can expect to pay $14,500. For the life of a brown bear, checks are written from $23,500 – $29,000, depending upon the days out in the bush.

All of the Board members’ terms remain active, which means that for now, Alaska’s apex predators will continue to be held in the crosshairs and in peril. While these aggressive predator control policies persist, it is not unsurprising to see individuals acting out this philosophy for all to witness. This past winter, in a malicious act of violence, a disturbing image made public of a clearly triumphant masked man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle held high over his head, posing behind the carcasses of ten grey wolves gunned down just outside Denali National Park. It begs the question, was this man acting on his own volition, or was he supported by Alaska’s aggressive anti-predator culture at large?

 

UK: British Forces To Malawi To Help Stop Rhino and Elephant Poaching.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-45113932

Animal poaching: British soldiers’ Malawi mission to stop poachers

The Majete Wildlife Reserve sits in a large basin in the south of Malawi, and the roads that lead there are busy at 6am.

Not with vehicles, but with endless cyclists as Malawians make the most of the low light and cooler air to start their days.

The appearance of two British Army 4x4s turns heads as they leave the sights and smells of the villages, and head into the bush.

Lance Corporal Chad Spalding is one of those on board.

The 23-year-old is about to spend the next few days with local rangers Boston Phiri, who’s pretty new to the job, and Retief Chomali, with ten years’ experience.

“You don’t really have time to think,” explains Chad. “Most of the time you’re concentrating on the environment itself.

“You’re constantly looking, watching dangerous game, anything that might sneak up on you.”

Chad, who’s originally from Zimbabwe, is one of 14 British soldiers in Malawi trying to help stop poaching. Ministers announced the British Army’s involvement after a successful pilot last year.

Chad says the wildlife and the environment are important to him and he feels a sense of responsibility to make sure that others get to experience them.

“If we start chopping down trees and killing animals what will be left for future generations? Just a bunch of pictures in a book,” he reflects.

Chad remembers working with lions when he was growing up on a project in Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe.

“After I’d seen the wildlife and what it’s actually like out in the bush, I just really really bit into it. As soon as this came across the table, I took it straight away.

The illegal wildlife trade is a big business, thought to be worth £17bn a year worldwide. A rhino horn is more expensive than cocaine, heroin or gold.

In the last 50 years global black rhino numbers have dropped from 70,000 to 5,500, African Parks says. The organisation runs the Majete Reserve and two others in Malawi.

“Most jobs out here don’t pay well, whereas if they get a rhino horn it’s a pretty big pay day,” Chad says.

“I know in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania there’s quite a lot of heavy poaching.

“Most of the poaching that goes on is organised by higher syndicates which are funding these Chad knows what he would say to a poacher if he met one though.

“I would ask his reasons for doing it, and what he thinks the consequences will be if he does get caught.

“It’s not a matter of if he gets caught it’s a matter of when he gets caught. If he does carry on he is going to get caught, and he will go to jail.”

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“Which is making it a lot hard for the rangers to keep up with the funding they’ve got. For now the rangers seem to be winning, let’s hope it stays that way.”

The military-style approach, along with tougher sentences, seems to be working for now though.

No elephants or rhinos have been poached in Majete for 15 years.

India: Rhino Poacher Mortgages His Own Son to Weapons Dealers.

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Rhino Poacher Mortgages His Own Son to Weapons Dealers

A man in India offered his son as collateral in exchange for a gun and ammunition. His intention was to kill an Indian one-horned rhinoceros and sell its ivory horn.

Nurjamal Rahman expected to kill a rhino and then sell the horn for ₹50 lakh (about $73,000 USD). But to carry out his plan, he needed a firearm and ammunition. He connected with an arms trader and they set up a deal. The dealer required Nurjamal to pay ₹3 lakh (~$4,500 USD) up front to rent the firearm and ammunition, but then added an additional requirement that he also provide collateral to guarantee the return of the leftover ammunition and firearm. And that collateral had to be in “human form.”

So Nurjamal offered his 12-year-old son for a three-month mortgage period, in which he hoped to kill a rhino in Orang National Park. The area was designated as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a national park in 1999.  It is home to many animals including great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, and tigers.

Police caught Nurjamal and two associates before they were able to kill an animal.

India’s northeastern state of Assam, where the park is located, has an estimated 2,610 Indian one horned rhinoceros. Orang National Park has an estimated 68 rhinos left. Also known as the greater one horned rhino, these are the biggest rhinoceros on the planet.

At the turn of the 20th century, there were only 200 greater one horned rhinos left alive. Poaching had decimated their population. The animal was on the brink of extinction. But thanks to strong oversight and law enforcement fighting poachers, their population has recovered (though according to the World Wildlife Fund they are still classified as vulnerable). Today populations have increased to about 3,500 from northeastern India to Nepal.

Rhinoceros are beautiful, playful creatures. Unfortunately, humans have decided their horns are worth a substantial amount of money. This story is encouraging in that it illustrates the strong work by the Indian government, but it is also sad as it shows the extreme choices some individuals make in seeking to kill an animal for profit.

August 12th Is World Elephant Day.

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It’s World Elephant Day!

But…did you know that around 55 African elephants

are killed a day? 

Illegal wildlife trade is destroying some of the world’s

most iconic species including elephants, who are poached

for their tusks, driven by the demand for ivory.

Last year, over 60,000 of you signed our Stop Ivory

Trade petition, successfully calling for a strong ivory

trade ban in the UK. It’s now time to take this to the next level.

Today we’ve launched a new petition to call on global

leaders to stamp out wildlife crime at an important

conference on illegal wildlife trade in London this October.

Will you join our fight to end illegal wildlife trade?

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Elephant skinning 

 

Did you know that as well as being killed

for ivory, elephants are also being poached

for their skin?

In Myanmar, Asian elephants of all ages are targeted

by poachers for their skin and other body parts.

The skin is used to make creams, consumed as medicine

and polished into jewellery.

But we’re taking action.

In response to the poaching crisis, WWF-Myanmar has

been working to tackle the poaching, including the

introduction of 220 rangers in 18 different base camps

that has helped to protect elephants.

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The illegal wildlife trade is devastating elephants

worldwide. We need global leaders to take urgent action

to end this terrible illegal trade.

Will you help us?

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/join-our-fight-end-illegal-wildlife-trade?pc=VDA002002&utm_source=News&utm_medium=email&utm_content=SignThePetition&utm_campaign=NEWS_IWTPETITION_VDA002002&_ccCt=zkpEp8mTXSlkIFlkm1Q2fiDRsdhXq1oXs6dE3HhrNF6hFm7ILto5RnrvZlcNWqqu

 

 

We fight back!!

 

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It has been observed for some time now that hobby hunters in children’s gardens and schools run a sect-like image campaign with the aim of introducing our animal-loving children to the cruel hobby of hunting.

Hunters are aware of the fact that the sneaky and mendacious hunt, and the atrocities associated with it, are finding much greater rejection within society, the hunters are visiting educational facilities with the aim of gaining prospective hunters and violence for the future.

The manipulation of the children follows a playful method and is advertised as a nature conservation project, playing down the real backgrounds and outgrowths of hunting, falsifying or simply concealing them.

 

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As a means of influencing ideology, hunters make use of prepared wild animals, which are used to stroke the children, who are usually interested in animals. Common games are popular, as well as the promotion of craft skills such as the construction of a high seat.

The hunting violence, the fact that millions of wild animals and pets are killed cruel, cowardly and sneaky remains unappreciated.
The construction hunt, motor hunts in which only every third to fourth animal is fatally hit while the other game with tattered limbs trying to escape, sometimes only after hours or days is tracked or goes unnoticed to his injuries, remain unmentioned, as well the terrorist genocide of hundreds of thousands of foxes and other species that stand in the way of the hunter as a prey – rival.

 

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Hunters, who belong to a small minority of society and who claim that the desire to hunt, to capture animals, to kill, is a fundamental human trait that one simply has to live out, which the hunting and killing impulse portrays as normal, take as Non – educators influence thousands of children.

 

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Schools and out-of-school education offer uncritically a platform for hunters to introduce children and adolescents to the killing and “looting” of animals as a respectable pastime and to offer the use of firearms as an acceptable way of solving problems.

Hunters, for example, looked after children between the ages of 8 and 14 during an adventure week. One of the children, ten-year-old Marty enthused, “This was not a normal summer camp. We killed two roebucks together with hunters. For this we have already got up at 02:10 o’clock … ”
The militant amateur hunters also violate the charter of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: protecting children from violence.

 

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Based on this example, it becomes clear that the inhibition threshold of gun violence is deliberately exceeded if the inclusion of significant children in joint killing is practiced.

It cannot and should not be the aim of a society to glorify and depict the unilateral war that millions of wild animals suffer each year as a necessity to our children.

We fight back. We say NO to teaching our kids by hobby hunters.

** your signature ** (Please sign the petition, below is the link)

(Translation of the Petition-letter: Venus)

https://wildbeimwild.com/2018/01/25/wir-sagen-nein-zum-unterrichten-unserer-kinder-durch-jaeger/

 

First of all, one thing must be said: the hunting law in Germany is a law of empowerment in the sense of 1933 !!!
It authorizes hunters to assault foreign property.
When did hunters earn merits in nature conservation? They just do not want to be pushed to the margins of society.

But they have themselves gone there.

They only make themselves more ridiculous than they already are.
And because they can no longer find acceptance in society, they creep now (cunning as they are) in circles of children, so that they, with new murderers, improve the future of their psychopathic hobbies.

They are the heavily armed animal killers, who think they can do and leave in the woods what they want. And everyone who disagrees is intimidated by force of arms.

These times are finally over.
Hunter: Shoot yourself, and your stupid fellow-travelers in politics equal to.

Best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

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Cruel killing of a young she-wolf: 10.000 Euro reward for the capture of the offender exposed!

 

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The young she-wolf, who was shot first on June 10th and thrown into the lake of Mortka in Saxony with a rope around her body and a concrete weight, was only a year old.

A wolf child, at best a teenager measured by human standards. She had her whole life ahead of her. Maybe she even helped as a yearling she-wolf in rearing the new puppies?

During the salvage of the carcass, it was found that the womb had cavities and a rope was tied around the belly of the dead wolf. At the other end of the rope a concrete weight has been fastened, with which the carcass has been sunk in the open pit.

On suspicion of illegal killing, the police were called in to rescue them.

The reward of 10,000 euros was increased by a hunter again from 7,000 to 10,000.

Were offenders identified? No! a wall of silence spreads around all the wolf killings.

http://wolfsschutz-deutschland.de/2018/07/11/grausame-toetung-einer-jungwoelfin-10-000-euro-belohnung-fuer-die-ergreifung-des-taeters-ausgesetzt/

They run among us, they are among us.
The psychopaths with the murder urge.
In that case, I think it’s very likely that the psychopath (s) are hunters.
For such a well-prepared removal of the corpse can only make hunting psychopaths.
And so are the hunters.
Professional killer with psychopathic disposition.
It is high time that this society, by law abolishes a criminal minority of 0.50% psychopath hunter.

My best regards, Venus

 

 

“Hunting opens up a space for crime…”

 

 

 

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Despite persistent propaganda work of the hunting associations, the image of the hunters is sinking more and more: fewer and fewer walkers, dog owners, riders and mountain bikers are fooled when they are mobbed and threatened by hunters – and they protest against shooting in recreational areas as well as mass shooting for hunts.

Time and again we read that hunters mistakenly confuse lovers in the cornfield, hunting colleague or ponies in the pasture with wild boars – this can scare everyone out in the countryside – as well as shots on the promenade or bullets that hit in cars.

In addition, millions of animal lovers have no understanding when hunters shoot their domestic cats or threaten to shoot the dog.

The hunter and lawyer Dr. Florian Asche, admits in his book »Hunting, Eating Sex and Animals: The Pleasure of the Archaic« with the common reasons for hunting:

“We do not hunt to create the ecological balance. At least that’s not the triggering motive of our efforts. It is just a justification for our urges and desires that go much deeper than the requirements of wildlife avoidance and ecological balance. … We go hunting because it gives us pleasure and pleasure. “

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The neurologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Paul Parin – also an enthusiastic hunter – wrote in his book “The Passion of the Hunter”: “Since my first hunting adventures I know: Hunting opens up a space for crime to the point of murder and for sexual pleasure, whenever and wherever hunted.”

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“Regulation” of human population by hunters:

1. A 6-year-old girl was seriously injured in a garden in Großsaara in Thuringia on July 14, 1818, apparently from a hunter’s gun. This reports “BILD” on 14.7.2018. According to police had just before 19 clock received the emergency call.

“When the local officials arrived, they heard more shots around the gardens,” the press release of the state police headquarters in Thuringia said. “As part of the investigation immediately started with the help of the police helicopter on the edge of the garden a hunting party was found in the hunt, which ended the police immediately.”
The injured child was brought to Gera in a hospital wordem. It was hit on the arm and the pelvis but according to the police it was not in mortal danger.

2. A 66-year-old hunter wanted to shoot pigeons in the Westphalian town of Wandhofen and hit a 36-year-old driver on the neck, more shotgun bullets hit the car. This is reported by Ruhr Nachrichten on 12.7.2018. According to his report, the hunter noticed a parked vehicle in the area of impact about 350 meters away, but did not assume that the shotgun pellets could hit the car or a person.
The victim filed a complaint, the police investigated for dangerous bodily injury.

3. An 80-year-old hunter had fired on a fleeing hare during a hunt last autumn in the district of Braunau and hit a 25-year-old and seriously injured. The hunting colleague was hit by the shotgun pellets on the head, legs and eyes and suffered permanent damage to the retina. Now the state court Ried has sentenced the hunter to a fine. The “Kleine Zeitung” reported on 6.7.2018 that they had agreed on 1,100 euros compensation (when a shot-hunting colleague costs so cheaply…)

 

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My best regards, Venus

https://www.abschaffung-der-jagd.de/