Category: Hunting

Coronavirus may mean Botswana’s hunting season is cancelled.

Botswana

Game Change

 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-botswana-hunting-season-cancelled-200324063714759.html

 

Coronavirus may mean Botswana’s hunting season is cancelled

First hunting season after controversial ban was lifted likely to be hit by coronavirus pandemic.

 

Animal rights campaigners have welcomed the uncertainty surrounding Botswana’s first hunting season since 2014, which has been hit hard by hunters pulling out because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everything is at a standstill. All clients that were supposed to come in have either postponed or cancelled,” said Clive Eaton, owner of Tholo Safaris, a hunting company that last month bought licences to hunt 20 elephants.

Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population and almost one-third of Africa’s herd, lifted a ban on hunting in May 2019, saying the elephant population had increased to the point where farmers’ livelihoods were being affected.

While the country has no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection so far, it has banned arrivals from 18 high-risk countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain.

The Botswana Wildlife Producers Association (BWPA) said bookings across the industry had been cancelled or postponed and that it had asked for an extension of the hunting season, due to start in April.

But animal rights campaigners have urged the government to reinstate the ban lifted last year.

“We welcome the fact that foreign trophy hunters cannot kill elephants in Botswana, and hope that the government takes the time to reflect on and rethink its deadly strategy towards elephants and shake off this colonial pastime altogether,” Siobhan Mitchell, UK Director of Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, told Al Jazeera.

“People in Botswana can find peaceful ways to co-exist and benefit from elephants and ensure rural people benefit. This time of global crisis is a great time to look for new and innovative ways to benefit economically and sustainably.”

More than 16,500 people have died from the coronavirus across the world. The pandemic poses a threat to economies like Botswana, where tourism is big business. The country’s vast tracts of wilderness are a magnet for those who want to see – or hunt – wildlife.

Proceeds from hunting licence auctions, worth around 13 million pula ($1.08m) annually before hunting was banned in 2014 due to declining elephant numbers, go to community trusts used for development.

However, a resumption in hunting, to reduce the impact of elephants on people and crops, proved controversial.

A leading wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, urged Botswana to abandon any return to trophy hunting.

“Born Free has always maintained that commercial hunting does not offer an ethical or sustainable wildlife management tool, nor is it an effective or sustainable way of funding conservation activities or local communities,” its policy head Mark Jones said.

An auction of licences to hunt 15 elephants is due to go ahead as planned on Friday.

 

Italy: Detective work against poachers

stein adler

Nest guarding in Sicily: In order to monitor the nests of the endangered hawk eagle, the members of the Italian conservation group Gruppo Tutela Rapaci started their work in Sicily with the support of the Committee against Bird Murder.

italiapg
Hawk eagles do not breed in captivity and therefore cannot be bred. This is why nest predators target eggs and young birds of the strictly protected bird – with them they can get the highest prices for some unscrupulous animal collectors or falconers.
Since we have been consistently guarding the nests in Sicily, the number of broods robbed has decreased by more than 90%.

Since curfews apply across Italy due to the corona crisis, the teams have regulatory approval for their work.

Without our presence, poachers would have a very easy game in the current situation, because the police are now entrusted with more urgent tasks than ever.

AdlerjpgThanks to Angelo Scuderi for the great eagle photo!

Committee Against Bird Murder e.V.

 

My comment: In Germany, rifles, poison and traps are the usual methods used by the perpetrators. We speak about really professional methods here, for example live bait.
They release pigeons whose back feathers are prepared with poison.

These animals are released in the middle of a hawk territory – with the aim that the raptor grabs them from above and dies from the poison on their back feathers.

Poachers of raptors in Germany are among hunters.

Because someone has to know very well which trees they are sitting in, where they are going to catch prey and other things.
The hunters know that.

A further indication is that hunting ammunition is always discovered in the carcasses of the raptors, which are usually only used by hunters.

So far, it has usually been the case that most investigations are ended without result and the perpetrators get away unscathed.

At least in my district, I don’t know of any judgment that has been posted for illegal wildlife killings.

schönes Zitat über die Jagd“In the past, the insane, murderers, sex offenders or addicts were in institutions.
Today they are in hunting associations “.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Belgium: 21 hunting watchtowers destroyed

received anonymously (translation); see more photos below:

 

-flag-of-belgium-

In early March 2020, near the village of Pontaury, activists again acted against hunting by destroying 21 watchtowers, several of which were new.
We do not give the exact date in order not to facilitate the repressive work of the speciesist state.

This hunting area had been targeted before in October 2019, when 32 watchtowers were destroyed and a hunting cabin ransacked.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20g

With this repeat action, in the same area, activists show their determination to fight against this hobby that no longer has reason to exist in a society claiming to be advanced, just and strongly linked to scientific and ethical knowledge.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20 -2 d
We call on all those opposed to hunting to cause economic damage to hunting activities, anywhere, anytime.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20h
In solidarity with the animal species persecuted by hunters and humans in general.

Attached is a press release, produced following the first actions in October 2019, and recent photos of 9 of the 21 watchtowers destroyed during the second action.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20e

Citizens fighting against speciesism.

 

French:
Début Mars 2020, à proximité du village de Pontaury, des activistes ont à nouveau agi contre la chasse en détruisant 21 miradors dont plusieurs étaient neufs.
Nous ne communiquons pas la date précise pour ne pas faciliter le travail de répression de l’État spéciste.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20c

Cette zone de chasse avait déjà été visée en octobre 2019, 32 miradors avaient alors été détruits et une cabane de chasse saccagée.

Par cette réplique, sur une même zone, les activistes montrent leur détermination à lutter contre ce loisir qui n’a plus lieu d’exister dans une société se disant évoluée, juste et fortement liées aux connaissances scientifiques et éthiques.

Belgium_hunting_Mar20 6
Iels invitent toutes les personnes s’opposant à la chasse à causer des dégâts économiques aux activités de chasse, partout, en tout temps.
En solidarité avec les espèces animales persécutées par les chasseurs et les humains en général.

Ci-joint un communiqué de presse, réalisé à la suite de la première action en octobre 2019, et des photos récentes de 9 des 21 miradors détruits lors de la seconde action.

Des citoyen.ne.s en lutte contre le spécisme.

 

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2020/03/18/21-hunting-towers-destroyed-near-pontaury-belgium-2

 

And I mean..Today’s hunter is a heavily armed fool who goes into the forest with the latest high tech equipment and from ambush, from a tower, shoots unarmed, peaceful creatures.

At least from these murder facilities, no animal it will be massacred anymore ….
…and we say thank you

fuchs pinckelt-alten-dummen-jäger

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Lebanon: illegal shooting of storks

Committee Against Bird Murder e.V.

 

flag of Lebanon

Storks and illegal hunting in Lebanon.

Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of white storks have made their way back to their breeding grounds.

Storch beim erschiessen in Libanono

From Lebanon, where the migration routes of numerous populations overlap, numerous large swarms have been observed and reported by our partner associations since the beginning of the month.

 

Unfortunately, we have received dozens of reports of illegal shooting of storks at the same time. Yesterday, our Lebanese colleagues released these recordings, which show the shooting down of a stork resting on a mast near Akkar (northern Lebanon district) last week.

getötete Störche in Libanon

The material has been published by numerous Lebanese media, as well as the call by the committee and its partner associations to immediately report any such incident to the police.

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS/

And I mean…The estimated number of illegally killed birds in Lebanon is more than 2,600,000 annually.

But not only in Lebanon!

In the European Union, more than 53 million wild birds are legally shot down by hunters every year, including numerous species that are critically endangered in Germany.

Hunters, poachers, bird catchers and animal traders threaten our migratory birds everywhere along their hiking routes. Whether in Italy, France and Spain, in Malta and Cyprus, in the Balkans, Greece and Egypt and probably also in other countries, songbirds migrate to the grill plate instead of to the winter quarters!

In theory, bird hunting is forbidden in the EU, but it is still “as a tradition” and in France they even want to increase the “catch quota”!

Why should the loss of biodiversity of birds and other animals interest the corrupt morons in politics?
Most of them are hunters themselves.
Therefore, penalties are not so high that hunters hurt; only the corruption is high and increases every day. They help each other to hide and continue to kill our songbirds, and not only.

No wonder that we have fewer and fewer birds in our home gardens, parks and in nature.

Vögel Dompfaff, Eisvogel, Zaunkönig, Specht

We are not only by animal haters, we are surrounded by life haters!

My best regards to all, Venus

Sweden: allied work

 

sweden

 

Received anonymously:

On the 1 of March the lynx cull began in Sweden as of right now over 80 have been killed and 103 will be killed by the end of this month.

Hondjur.

A massacre was going on in the forrest and we could not just sit idly by and watch the slaughter.

Sweden_hunting_Mar20b

While searching for the hunt scum with the intention of sabotaging their efforts to kill the 8 lynx that were still fighting for their home and lives in our cull zone we came across many traps, hunting towers and feeding stations that all met the same fate. Here are two of the many that were demolished.  Long live the lynx!

Sweden_hunting2_Mar20

-Lynx Allies-

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2020/03/11/hunting-towers-traps-feeding-stations-destroyed-sweden-2/

 

Thank you Lynx Allies! Long live the lynx and the fighters who protect them!

 

My best regards to all, Venus

France: Poachers of songbirds caught

 

komite

Our partner League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) has done a great blow against the illegal trade in songbirds for restaurants in France: A poacher has been shown to have had a total of 10,000 protected robins in the department of Les Landes in southwestern France over the past 9 years, robin, finch and titmouse caught, plucked it and sold it as kitchen-ready skewers (!!!)

Flag of France, hand drawn watercolor illustration

The estimated profit is 50,000 euros. The traps he used for this are allowed for the “traditional” and non-commercial catch of skylarks, but are often used illegally, as the current case impressively shows.

Rotkelchen-Italieno

Beginners of Ortol, against whom the “committee against bird murder” has been working in the same region for many years, also resort illegally to this type of trap. The poacher and three of his biggest customers – including apparently an internationally known rugby player – will have to go to court in Dax next September.

https://www.facebook.com/Komitee.CABS/

 

My comment: Rare and beautiful birds are illegally shot or caught by game killers for fun before they are plucked, skinned, and eaten – or simply thrown away.

Italy is one of the worst offenders on the great migration route between Africa and Eurasia. The worst is Egypt, where 5.7 million birds are illegally killed every year. It is followed by Syria and Lebanon with 3.9 million and 2.6 million birds killed, respectively.

A study by BirdLife International includes a breakdown of killings by country, here is the map:

mape für illegale Vögeltötung

In France, an estimated 149,000 to 895,000 birds are killed illegally each year.
In the name of tradition, birds are caught illegally in many regions and many non-target species are killed as by-catches. Trapping is the most common form of illegal killing of birds in France.

Of the 349 bird species studied in France, around 32% are killed to a significant extent illegally. Eurasian chaffinch, robins and Ortholan bunting are killed in large numbers . The Ortolan bunting is considered an expensive “delicacy” and can bring in up to 150 euros – for French gourmets it was an entry-level ritual for centuries to eat this bird.
Despite the illegality, the species is tolerated.

It is terrifying how few people notice that there are almost no birdsong in the forest. They don’t care.
What are we so busy with that we no longer notice the absence of the beautiful company of birds in the forest?
You can only hear roaring machines that smash, suck, blow, cut, destroy, saw, flatten …… how far we have gone from nature … and we find ourselves really great and powerful. ..

The number of birds is falling, the number of catchers is increasing.
We owe that to criminal politics and a Stone Age society that still does the murder for fun and has it on their menu!

vögel im Tellerjpg

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: Bavarian rulers and hunting

Bavaria is a federal state that thrives economically, but hunting has remained at a pre-civilizational level in the vastness of the country.

bayern freistaat

There is war against wildlife here. Animal protection is systematically undermined by nature users – hunters, farmers, forest owners, anglers, pond owners – in close cooperation with local politicians and state authorities.

In Bavaria, wild rabbits, raccoons and raccoon dogs do not even have the grace period provided for in the federal hunting law during the rearing of young animals. The animals are legally hunted all year round, regardless of whether they look after young animals or not. The young animals starve or freeze to death.

waschbärenWhether the raccoon mom will come back… – the chances are worse in Bavaria than in other federal states. Parents can be shot! against the federal regulation. Picture: Heiko Anders

 

In Bavaria, it often doesn’t matter whether existing hunting laws are observed or not. Minister of Agriculture Michaela Kaliber (CSU=Christian Social Union) cannot rely on the hunters’ self-control by the hunters: in Bavaria, the parent animals required for rearing were and are strictly hunted this year in January, February and March, despite the fact that the foxes have set in this year killed.
This often happens during so-called fox or predatory game weeks. The first fox pups are born in Bavaria in January.

Jungfüchse am Bau

Strictly speaking, fox fathers required for rearing are eliminated by hunters in December, because as soon as the male has mated – usually from mid-November to the end of November – he will be a future parent.

Roe deer, deer or chamois are no better off in Bavaria. “Forest before game” is the motto that has been laid down in the Bavarian Forest Act in 2005 at the instigation of forest owners, foresters and the Ecological Hunting Association.
Driven hunts, in which many dozen hunters and drivers take part with their dogs, regularly take place in Bavaria right into the middle of winter. Actually the time when the metabolism of deer and deer is down to survive the sparse season with little food.

Hunting regulations do not even exist on paper for these hunts, which are carried out in particular by the Bavarian State Forests, but also by other large forest owners such as the noble Thurn and Taxis or the Princely House of Waldburg-Zeil.

Animals are shot in the belly, the lower jaw is blown away with heavy bullets or they are bitten by dog packs that get out of control.

reh tot mit Jägerjpg

Lecturers from the Bavarian Forest University in the state capital are using inhumane slogans such as “Only a dead deer is a good deer” or “You don’t have to look at what deer is for deer. The main thing is to make your finger crooked ” (!!!)

It is also the case that the authorities deliberately tolerate serious violations not only against the foxes, but also against the deer.

ermordetes Reh mit Kitzel_n

A long-time hunter puts it this way: “State forest, prince and so many hunting cooperatives don’t give a shit about legal norms.”

In rural areas in Bavaria there is a targeted and successful mood against returning species. Otters, beavers, cormorants, wolves and lynxes are used as scapegoats to distract from their own deficits, both in the protection of rivers and in the misguided agricultural policy.

 

“Exceptions” for the shooting down of cormorants and beavers are said to have been made even in nature and bird protection areas such as Lake Chiemsee. In many places, beacon buildings are systematically destroyed and put away with the toleration of local politicians. Any illegal activity will not be prosecuted.
Those who dare to intervene are often threatened.

Many of the problems attributed to the animals are man-made and could be solved without the animal cruelty measures shown. The intense hunt, due to the immense disturbances in the rhythm of life, helps the roe deer to bite young trees at all.

In parts of Switzerland, a quiet zone model is successfully practiced, which has also been imitated in the forests of those of Gemmingen: on around 25-30 percent of the area, large hunting-free areas and unhunted grazing areas are created. Deer, roe deer or chamois find retreat there. Without the constant pressure to hunt, they regularly find food there and do not become “forest pests”.

The shooting down of foxes or raccoons is completely pointless. Because hunting is not able to regulate the population of these animals. The development of the number of raccoons cannot even be delayed by hunting. The only thing that is achieved by hunting prey is – besides satisfying their pursuers – the destruction of the social fabric of wild animals and the lowering of their average age.
A fox in Germany would not even be two years old- on average.

abgeknallter fuchs auf jaegerstand liegengelassen3_1038

https://www.wildtierschutz-deutschland.de/single-post/Bayern

 

And I mean…Which is worse: swine fever or hunter and politician plague?

Almost two years ago, has the CSU (Christian Social Union) in the state parliamen enforced that “the Bavarian otter- management should be supplemented with “removal”, so it says in the group’s request. The term “removal” means catching otters in traps and and then execute. Although hunting for otters is prohibited.

In a pilot project, the government wants to allow three hunters to set up traps at fish farms. Otters are said to be caught in them and then shot.
The “Free State” of Bavaria simply wants to take the first step so that the hunt for the otter is back becomes socially acceptable.

otter-2

It is an invention of sick psychopaths, politicians and hunters. Otters do not harm anyone, psycopaths do!

This reminds us of the cruel, brown times around 1941 when Göhring had applied for the “final solution” to the Jewish question” wich was therefore nothing other than the murder of the Jews at that time.
Annihilate, eliminate, or even exterminate would be the correct term for the shameful word “remove” for otter.
And we already know how do it.

My best regards to all, Venus