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Animal Hunting

Beauty Without Cruelty is opposed to the deprivation of life that hunting represents. We oppose all exploitation of animals and believe, with regard to wildlife, that nature managed very well before humans decided to interfere in their “management”. It is human interference and our greedy appropriation of their habitats (the Riverine rabbit is an example) that is responsible for their plight and …hunting should not be the method promoted to control their numbers and thus encourage further destruction of habitats in the long term; where will it all end?

Killing animals to conserve them is an interesting concept! The reason why game is so prolific on privately owned game farms is not because of a genuine effort to preserve wildlife, but in order to exploit the numbers for profit. These farms are commercial ventures and breeding and killing to keep the numbers of animals healthy is not conservation, but a money making venture! I As far as using the meat obtained from a kill is concerned: what does the hunter do with inedible meat such as that obtained from lions, leopard and other carnivores! Hunting is not done solely as a means of “helping conservation”, but more because it is entertainment, “sport” and because some people like killing animals.

We hear about much blood money is generated through hunting and we would be interested to know how much of that money actually goes towards conservation! Some years ago the EPA challenged the Zimbabwe government on this issue and it eventually came to light that most of the money was distributed between various government departments that had no link to conservation and no doubt the same happens in this country.

We consider humane education to be as valuable to young people as the creation of jobs and generating money. It is an internationally accepted fact that cruelty to animals leads to cruelty to humans and our mandate is to inform and educate young and old about the suffering, abuse and exploitation of animals and its potential affect on society. We are an animal rights organisation and we believe that animals are entitled to basic rights, including the right to exist (naturally), without interference from humans. We encourage people to make compassionate lifestyle choices which will lead to a compassionate society which is much needed in this country (but we do sometimes have our failures!).

It is tragic that young people in schools are being encouraged to kill animals under the guise of “conservation” and we have no problem with informing people of this.

We are encouraged by the fact that animal rights has been deemed the fastest growing movement in the world and this trend will, hopefully, be adopted in this country too. Beryl Scott

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In an age and place where food is plentiful there is no need to hunt. Killing for fun, especially exposing children to the concept that animals are here solely for our exploitation to do with as we see fit, is an unhealthy notion. Despite all the high-minded arguments that hunting is a cultural right, that we have always hunted, the necessity for conservation and so on, it comes down to one thing only- the joy of killing. A prize that honours our wildlife, such as photo safaris would be the right thing, especially when of late we have had so many killed at the hands of poachers, and we can teach our children we can enjoy and respect animals without killing.

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