The next quote in the article "Hunting - South Africa's shame"Â� under the headline "The most powerful friends on earth"Â� is attributed to an Israeli journalist: Zvi Bar-el:
"With their financial and political might, this formidably powerful clique of hunters is shamelessly promoting hunting as a form of conservation. Many poor governments are easily won over because it offers such easy money - the bulk of which goes straight into their pockets."Â�
It quotes him as saying: "In Tanzania, a hunting safari can bring in $50 000 or even $100 000. The large sums are mostly collected by the Government, which issues the hunting licenses. Officially, only a small portion of this is transferred to the [local] citizenry. Other sums, also quite considerable, are given to citizens in the hunting regions in return for their agreement to turn a blind eye to deviations from the conditions of the hunting license."
Firstly no evidence could be found that Zvi Bar"el has written such words. In a list of 659 articles written by him for the Ha"aretz a Jewish newspaper between 2002 and 2008 no evidence of an article about Tanzania appears. The website claims it is all the articles written by Zvi Bar"el. He is a journalist and editor of the newspaper and is very much focused on the events in the Middle East. He, however, does not carry any credentials as far as Africa and its animals are concerned and it is unlikely that he will author a piece on the subject. The webpage quoted as the source does not exist.
Secondly there is a statement that hunters "shamelessly"Â� promote hunting as conservation as if it is a sham. The author ignores the body of evidence proving that hunting is a major contributor to wildlife conservation and is recognised as such by international organisations such as the CIC (International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation). Our own Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) recognised the role of hunting in their 2005 Patterson Traffic Report.
Thirdly, an unsubstantiated allegation that safari money goes directly into the pockets of government insinuates bribery through hunting safaris. The author of the article does not acknowledge that hunting safaris are huge revenue generators for East Africa, a region that cannot generate enough revenue from "eco tourism"Â� to sustain the wildlife population. The assumption that bribery is prevalent "because it's Africa"Â�, smacks of blatant racism
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