Opinion – Obama wildlife officials ‘deeply concerned’ by killing of Cecil the lion | TheHill – John Gelmini

English: Male lion

English: Male lion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s hope that the “deep concern” felt by Obama’s officials translates into global action.

Hunting because you have too little too eat is one thing–My uncles in Italy were all expert marksmen who hunted birds to eat in the 1930s, when Churchill was applying sanctions against Mussolini to curb his African adventurism.

Hunting to control foxes and animals like wolves to protect livestock which produce food and useful products like food is reasonable provided that animals are dispatched humanely.

The same can be said of the bungled UK Government attempt to cull badgers, which cause TB in cattle.

I would not go quite so far as Dr Alf in wanting to have Walter Palmer incarcerated in Guantanomo Bay but this overweight dentist and others, who pay money to hunt defenseless creatures with helicopters or trick the animals into straying out of their territories, so that they can be killed for sport need to be financially punished and made to do court enforced conservation work in a zoo, so that he understands the consequences of his actions.

We live in an eco-system which is finely balanced and by killing too many or preserving too many of a particular animal or bird we risk upsetting it.

Lions,hyenas,vultures,sharks,crows,eagles,harriers,owls and wolves are there to keep the species of the animals they prey upon strong and in balance.

Killing them for sport disrupts that balance and changes the environment through knock on effects which we cannot predict or quantify.

John Gelmini

Opinion: Zimbabwe poachers kill 80 elephants ex theguardian.com -John Gelmini

 

 

Original caption: President of Zimbabwe Robert...

Original caption: President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe listens as Prof. Alpha Oumar Konare, chairman of the Commission of the African Union, addresses attendees at the opening ceremony of the 10th Ordinary Session of the Assembly during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As Dr Alf and others know, the Zimbabwean regime is a corrupt and disgraceful dictatorship run by Robert Mugabe,a man who got into power through our machinations via Lord Carrington, but is now propped up by the Chinese Government who want his copper.

 

Zimbabwe is a country which is badly run and which probably deliberately allowed the poisoning of these helpless elephants for profit.

 

Short of assassinating President Mugabe and replacing him in an armed coup I see no solution to this senseless slaughter because other African leaders are not prepared to bring that country out of the dark ages and into the modern world.

 

A possible solution might be the complete cessation of overseas aid to make countries like Zimbabwe put their houses in order,  but now all that would happen is that our aid would be replaced with Chinese soft loans.
Of course, Robert Mugabe is very old and at some point the grim reaper will get him unless we adopt the Milosovic solution which was to poison him so that he could not testify at the Hague against certain well known politicians.

 

John Gelmini 

 

 

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