Snip, snip, snip...
The only way the world will reverse the slaughter and desecration of our natural world - with which we are inextricably dependent for survival - will be to reverse society's perceptions and priorities. But, sadly, change of these attitudes is notoriously difficult, especially when many leaders are not setting the right example! We await another Nelson Mandela, or Winston Churchill, to reset the sails. I can only hope it wil happen imminently, for another few decades and we're doomed to enrich the fossil records of the world as mankind becomes an extinct species - another "experiment: that failed.
OWN, thanks for the compliment. Coming from you, I take it as a massive one. Your posts too are thought provoking. You also seem to ne able to put into one short post, what would probably take me a thousand.
I too agree with your last paragraph and this is what scares me the most. That it will take too long for another leader to come along and set the ship on the right course again. It makes me think that we are passengers on the Titanic. Headed for the disaster which awaits us without knowing what is about to happen. We know that there is ice about this time of year, but we are merrily speeding up the ship and hurrying towards our disaster with not a care in the world.
I guess, getting back on topic of poaching, that the poacher recently killed by lions, was of the subsistance variety. (Then again, we will never really know the true facts.) I do not see them as the same threat as those who poach for ivory and rhino horn. They are still no doubt a menace since they indisciminately place snares which injure many animals probably not intended to be "Snared". It is however, the more organised lot that present the bigger problem. It is these paochers that need to be taken out. On the ground though, and in the dark hours of night, how does one differentiate? I guess the only way is to treat them all as the same. Hunt them down and treat them like the scourge they truly are. For the long term prospects are that we will wipe out all the animals and then surely, we are soon to follow as a species.
After all our desires to enrich ourselves, and to end up only enriching the fossil records would be ironic.
Conservation is not an option.
It's imperative.Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife. Think Pink. ..