When I think of an antelope. I don’t think endangered species. I think of a deer-, Bambi. Who doesn’t love Bambi?
I was born in South Africa and there is plenty of antelope to see in reserve camps. To be honest they don’t really do much except graze. They don’t come on top of most people’s top 5 animals list.
Deer are so important for the African ecosystem. Here is what I have learned about our earthling friends.
Trophy hunting as we are beginning to become aware is BIG business. Loads of antelope are exported every year, to the U.S.A .and other western world countries, for what is called Captive hunts.
The most cowardly of all the animal hunts you can imagine.
This is how it works. Baby Antelope are taken from their mothers and are then conditioned to depend on humans to survive. They naturally build a bond with humans and are not afraid of them.
Another term used is ‘canned hunts’- humans pay big money to get their kicks.
I have two problems with this.
Let us look at the first problem.
WHAT IS CANNED/CAPTIVE HUNTING?
Don’t turn your eyes away from the film footage link below; but if you must then at the very least read this post to find out what it is happening in our world. Everybody can help -even you! Be aware.
It is a private sport of trophy hunting that allows “hunters” to hunt exotic species already imprisoned in a prison-like a reserve. A human-friendly animal makes the likes of successfully killing this animal pretty much a foregone conclusion.
‘The endangered species act’ is flawed and full of loopholes. So, people can legally kill captive animals under certain state rule. The black market thrives on this loophole.
Well, if there is a way to get hold of a legal permit to shoot an animal – then this opens up a market of captive hunting so people can go about this sport of theirs under the policy of
NO KILL – NO PAY
So how big is this captive hunting market?
It makes millions of dollars and pounds out of the murdering of the innocent
How can this business be expanding if the Antelope (as an example) breed is dying out?
Private owners interbreed exotic animals. There are private clubs that use an incentive to kill animals by giving out trophies – one example is the “Introduced Trophy Game Animals of North America” trophy hunting achievement award.
I don’t agree with hunting animals on any level. I do think these types of hunters are the scourge of the hunting world because the idea of a ‘fair hunt’ is taken out of the equation. Basically on one side of a fence is a captive antelope or other animal and on the other side of the fence is a “hunter” with a shotgun.
This does not conform to the traditional form and philosophy -if you like true ethical hunting.
My judgement on all hunting has been made clear.
The current Antelope species on the’ International Union for the Conservations of Nature and Natural Resources lists’ are
Pete David’s deer is extinct in the wild
Dama gazelle is in critical danger
Arabian Oryx is endangered
Yax and European Bison are vulnerable.
-the list goes on and on.
My second problem with this kind of hunting is what is called Chronic wasting disease
What is it? A disease where abnormal protein attacks the nervous system in an animal and is fatal to an animal /antelope. Side effects or symptoms are weight loss, blindness, repetitive walking, tremors, excessive drinking, co-ordination problems
Where does it come from?
It comes from Antelope and other animals being bred and nurtured in captivity. The disease is extremely infectious. It is passed on by saliva, faeces, blood and urine. it can’t be 100% managed and controlled because Antelope do escape into the wild and will and have passed this disease onto its wild fellow counterparts.
Be aware. Be pro Ban on all import and export and transport on Antelope animals.
Safari Club International is not the environmentally-friendly, conservation-minded organization that it claims to be. SCI is a club forwealthy big-game hunters who compete in killing the most animals for the most awards. Members collect the heads, hides, and horns of animals from a list of more than 500 creatures and enter them in SCI’s record book of trophy animals.
To earn every award that SCI offers, a hunter must kill at least 171 different animals from around the world. Many SCI members have records for killing more than 400 different creatures that populate their trophy rooms, macabre mausoleums filled with dead animals.
Author Matthew Scully sums up the group in his book, Dominion. “Respect” at SCI, he says, means only “the courtesy of leaving enough behind for the next hunter.”
“They practice socially conscious sadism here,” he writes. “Ethics at Safari Club is ordered libertinism, like teaching cannibals to use a table napkin and not take the last portion.”