Great White = Great Shite!

Oh crap!
Oh crap!

These are not fakes!

I came across these images in Shark detectives, an article in Africa Geographic magazine. The photos of this 4m (!!) beauty were taken by Thomas P. Peschak, along the South-Western coast of South-Africa.

The article describes how close these gorgeous beasts do get to the shore. I can honestly say that whenever I do take a swim in the sea in SA, I usually swim out at least as far as this shark is pictured. And these photos were taken not that far from where I used to spend 4 weeks of every year.

Maybe it is time to rethink my oceanic excursions?!?

The Newell & Budge Boys (or New Biscuits)

Attie Heunis, Adrian Rodgers, Rob Kelly, Simon Rolph, Xingbin Li, Doug Laurence
Attie Heunis, Adrian Rodgers, Rob Kelly, Simon Rolph, Xingbin Li, Doug Laurence

These are The .NET Consultants for Sopra Newell & Budge. Regrettably Adrian Rodgers will be making his presence felt (-up!) elsewhere from tomorrow. I wish Adrain (sic) all the best and I have to admit that it was brilliant to work with him. He will certainly know what I mean when I say the “thick line” will always stay with me!

Trophy hunting sucks: my published letter

I’ve just found out that a letter I wrote has been published in the African Geographic. This is a glossy, but very good magazine pushing eco-tourism in Africa.

I wrote in response to a Professional Hunter (PH) that suggested that responsible Canned Lion Hunting might not be such a bad idea. My letter said:

I find the opinion that hunting contributes to the conservation infuriating. I believe that a pseudo element of conservation exists as a side product of hunting, but this “conservation” goes very much against the spirit and letter of the real thing. For instance, hunting breaks down the evolutionary fundamentals of survival of the fittest, because hunters always want to kill the fittest animals. You need only look at the research that Beverly & Dereck Joubert have done on the declining size of male lions’ manes to find evidence of this. Canned lion hunting is also once more on the rise despite promises from the hunting fraternity that this practice would be discontinued.

Beverly & Derek Joubert by Graham Boynton
Beverly & Derek Joubert by Graham Boynton

I also find reference to the “fair chase” in hunting laughable. Anybody, even a child, can nowadays kill a lion or an elephant with a 30/06 rifle. Where is the fairness and honour in that? How many hunters are killed compared to the wildlife they kill. There is no fairness in hunting.

I think trophy hunting is a selfish industry that only benefits a small number of very wealthy individuals, most of them are not even from Africa. We Africans are one day going to be very sorry that we allowed these people to make commodities of our heritage.

I actually wrote some more, but this is what they published. I am obviously very happy they published the letter, but now I’m noticing all the stuff I could’ve said better. I guess I’ll just have to do some more!

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