*The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists hippopotami as red, or, threatened. Their existence is in peril because of destruction of habitat and loathsome poachers.
Why has the Zambian government auctioned off 2,000 healthy masterpiece hippos to trophy hunters for $3.3M?
Based on the current state of the planet, obviously Man cannot even “manage” itself. It’s utter nonsense to believe that Man can “manage” Nature. Rather, what we are witnessing is the accelerated plunder of Nature driven by greedy planet-killing men seeking more money and more power.
Since 2016, the international wildlife charity, Born Free, has been fighting to protect 2,000 hippos of the world famous Luangwa River Valley from a commercial slaughter.
In 2016, more than 6,000 hippo teeth, 2,048 hippo tusks and a further 1,183 hippo “trophies” were exported to the European Union (EU) Member States alongside thousands of other “parts and products.”
International trade records show that from 2004-2014 around 133,000 pounds of hippo ivory were imported into Hong Kong.
Since organized crime has decimated elephants for their ivory tusks, they have moved onto to annihilating hippos for their long teeth. They are marketed as ivory in the Orient.
Born Free has requested scientific proof from the Zambian Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) that:
- There’s evidence of overpopulation of hippos in the Luangwa River.
- Hippo culls of the past from the Luangwa River have been successful in reducing hippo populations over the long term.
- Rainfall and river level data including water flow in the Luangwa River are abnormally low and cannot sustain the current hippo population.
- Indiscriminately killing healthy hippos would prevent a future outbreak of anthrax or prevent the spread of an existing one.
The DNPW has not provided any data or a scientific justification for selling the living rights of these masterpieces to bloodthirsty trophy hunters.
Apparently, the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, has no interest in either protecting these hippos or safeguarding Nature. Instead, his government enables trophy hunting and resource extraction, including more heat-trapping pollution from Tullow Oil and Bowleven Oil & Gas operations and fossil fuel exploration by Oranto Petroleum.
This senseless hippo slaughter is yet another flagrant example of the accelerating Man-driven Sixth Mass Extinction occurring 10,000 times faster than the previous five others.
Shame on Zambia. Refuse to support Zambian tourism until the government shields its glorious and rare wildlife from psychopathic planet-killers.
Nature desperately requires a global ecocide law, along with strict enforcement, to protect its remaining priceless biodiversity.
Please support Born Free because they are protecting Nature’s masterpieces.
This insane global destruction and profiteering by elected officials, banks and resource oligarchs is quickly cooking and impoverishing our only home. It’s leaving the children with nothing. Indefensible corruption stoked by greed!
Dr Reese Halter is an award-winning broadcaster, distinguished conservation biologist and author.
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