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Newsletter 146
30/05/17

Hunters

Hello Friends

The recent death of Theunis Botha, the professional hunter who was killed by the dead elephant falling on him, has gone viral around the world.

The outpouring of venom against Botha is extreme to say the least. The theme of most posts is that karma has caught up with him and he should rot in hell. All posts are sympathetic to the elephant, none to Theunis Botha.

I have not seen a single post that sends condolences to Botha's wife and young children.

One of the questions I am asked the most is why would anyone want to kill a majestic animal like an elephant, or a big black maned lion or a magnificent leopard.

The answer lies in two parts:

The professional hunter that leads the safari is a hired gun. His job is to find the client big trophies, see that the client is safe and make sure that animal they are hunting dies quickly. The professional hunter is supposed to hunt ethically and within the letter of the law.

Professional hunters like Theunis Botha have grown up on sheep and cattle farms. At a young age, they were hunting jackal and caracal that attacked their father's sheep. They would help their fathers to set gin traps to catch the leopard that was killing their calves. For them hunting has always been and always will be a way of life.

They don't intellectualize the killing of a big elephant or a big lion. They are hunting for money, plain and simple. The money they get from the hunting safari, pays the rent of their house and it pays for their children's education.

I have seen a professional hunter crying when he returned home from a safari, having shot lion, leopard, white rhino and elephant to discover his dog had died. The death of the dog affected him deeply for a long time.

The fact that by shooting the territorial male lion, he may have caused the death of a dozen lion cubs, doesn't resonate with him.

The trophy animals that his clients shoot, have value to him because it puts money in his pocket.

The overseas tycoon hunter is a different animal completely. He or she lives in a mega city. They live boring lives. The man who shot Cecil the lion is a dentist. How boring can it be to be looking into someone's mouth all day.

So the tycoon hunter is looking for an adrenalin rush and an element of danger (But not too much danger please). The only adrenalin rush he can achieve is when he puts through another successful business deal.

The tycoon hunter lives in a world without danger (as long as he can dodge the latest Isis suicide bomber)

Therefore the tycoon hunter hunts for recognition. A hunting safari in Africa for the Big 5 is expensive. By booking a safari, he sends out a message: I am wealthy, I am successful.

The tycoon hunter has to get the message of his success out, so he hires stills and movie photographers to film and photograph himself with the animals he kills on the hunting safari.

In his home, the trophy room is the largest room in the house. Here he can regale guests of how thrilling and how dangerous his elephant hunt was. He even has the pictures and the trophy to prove it.

The tycoon hunter is competitive. He is a member of Safari Club International, the biggest hunting organization in the world. Here he can compete for the best hunter of the year award and he is competing with other tycoon hunters, peers so to speak!

Auctions are regularly held at Safari Club International and here he can bid for a "black rhino hunt" in Namibia. This is thrilling to outbid other wealthy tycoon hunters. This brings him status, recognition and notoriety in the eyes of the other tycoon hunters. It reinforces the same message: I am rich, I am successful, I am clever, I outbid you!

So where does this primitive urge to hunt come from? The cave man hunter that was swift and strong and clever and brave, was the hunter admired, because he brought in the most food.

This cave man hunter had the pick of the beautiful cave maidens. He had the best genes.

Hunting has a direct connection to power. Most royalty around the world are steeped in hunting.

The British Royalty have traditionally been hunters for many years. It is only now that we see Prince William speaking out against the destruction of the planet and over hunting. Prince Harry has actively joined anti poaching operations in Kruger National Park and elephant relocations in Malawi.

Therefore, if I am a commoner and my king or president is a big hunter, then surely what's good for them must be good for me.

Teddy Roosevelt's hunting safaris when he was president of the United States, are well documented.

Donald Trump has reversed all the laws that Barack Obama instituted to make it more difficult to get a trophy into the United States.

Donald Trump's sons are reputed to be selling hunting safaris where the tycoon hunter pays $1 million just to get on the hunt.

The same message surfaces: I am booked on a Trump hunting safari, how rich am I, how successful must I be.

I hope I have in someway answered your questions.

Tread Lightly On The Earth
JV

 
 

Tread lightly on the Earth

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