Criminal poaching of wildlife resources negates the conservation efforts of Safari Club International members and other hunters to assure sustainable populations of wild things in wild places for now and into the future.
(Editor’s note by Steve Comus: Wild Africa, a hauntingly mysterious siren that lures humans from near and far into the bosom of Mother Nature, also is a place where increasingly atrocities go unchecked. Crime? Corruption? Probably yes. Stone grave markers stand as silent reminders that something terrible happened – something that never can be resolved, regardless how much time goes by, no matter how many murderers are captured. Lives of real people, the things of real value, have been taken away forever. And for what? Some pieces of ivory or a bit of horn. On Friday, February 18, Africa PH Andre de Kock was ambushed, gunned down and killed by poachers while guiding a client in Tanzania. Andre inadvertently happened upon armed poachers in the bush.Continue reading POACHING: The costs in pain and suffering never end→
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Tupelo City Police are investigating the shooting of an Asian elephant in Tupelo, Miss., who was touring with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The incident occurred in the early morning of April 9, 2013 outside the Bancorp South Arena. Ringling Bros. veterinary and handling experts have examined the female elephant, Carol, and found a dime size point of entry on the elephant’s shoulder. The elephant is active, mobile and comfortable and is being treated with medication. Carol will recuperate off the touring unit under veterinary care.
The Asian elephant species has been listed as an endangered since 1976. Today there are approximately 35,000 Asian elephants left in the world and to put in context is about the same population of Tupelo, Mississippi, with just over 35,000 residents. A reward of $26,250 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of this elephant.
Feld Entertainment, Inc., producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is contributing $10,000 to the reward fund. George Carden Circus International is contributing $10,000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contributing $5,000, Crimestoppers of Northeast Mississippi is contributing $1,000, and former 1st Congressional District Representative Travis Childers is contributing $250.
Anyone with information concerning the shooting of the elephant should contact the USFWS Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662-227-0990, the USFWS Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4699, or CrimeStoppers at 800-773-8477.
Calling for “collaboration and support” with and from Safari Club International and SCIF, the Honorable Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, Zambia Minister of Tourism and Arts, addressed the SCI Board of Directors at the Convention in Reno Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Recently, Zambia halted much of its hunting pending development of accurate data about the numbers and status of wildlife in that Southern African country.
“As a representative of the Zambian government, I’m here first of all to learn and understand more on the safari hunting industry on a global perspective. Secondly, we wish to use this opportunity to clarify the measures taken by our government to ban hunting of big cats and suspend the granting of safari hunting concessions in some of the hunting area…. Last but not the least, we are here to request for collaboration and support in addressing the problems of poaching and inadequate information on the populations of wild animals in Zambia,” she told the SCI Board. Continue reading SCI Invited To Play Major Role In Future Of Zambia Hunting→