A special reminder for people against hunting

For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling to get back into public opinion. Since our buddy Pierre sudden passed, both my human and I have been laying low. But today I’m pissed off and I want to throw an old bone at the anti-hunting supporters and yes there are friends within the herd that are keen on banning hunting.

Hunting is as old as the human race is. If hunting did not happen back when cavemen roamed the earth, then today’s modernized, social media addicted, online protesting humans would have never developed. It took us 40 million years to reach a billion people on planet Earth, but it took only 40 years to reach the 4 billion mark. (Yes, between the small representation of  humans who are vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters humans still haven’t learned how to use a condom or to take the pill).

Before you throw rocks at me remember I’m a green cow, some of you enjoy that plastic taste, McDonalds, on your way home from work or a night out. I am your food so listen up you anti-hunting crowd, this rant is about you.

Game Hunting

This week it was announced that James Hetfield, the frontman of Metallica, would narrate a new documentary on a History TV about bear hunting in Alaska. The producers of the documentary argue that the documentary presents a balanced view: “Brown bears co-exist with humans on the island and it’s a delicate balance, yet it’s regarded as one of the most successful conservation efforts in the world. Most hunters go after adult males, or boars, who when food is scarce are known to kill and eat cubs, as well as cause trouble near populated areas”

You can read on Metal Hammer site about the Glastonbury festival protest for removing Metallica off the bill because of this and I’m pretty sure that the majority of Metallica fans who are eagerly awaiting their set at Glastonbury are not in agreeing with this protest. The anti hunting protesters are fighting against an already recorded, produced and soon to be broadcasting TV series about brown bear hunting.

Hunting season is currently open in South Africa (months without an R in it are hunting months) and guess what, right now permits and hunting licenses to hunt game are in process. This brown bear hunting from what I could read up on the internet happens in all natural habitats and not in a 1 hectare cage that is considered ‘cage hunting’.

Hunting is one of the biggest income streams in our country. Not our fruits or vegetables or our meat or even tobacco comes to this. And no, not even tourism, because tourists will spend a certain amount of budget which is way under what an average hunter will spend. Every province in the country has a certain quota of hunting licenses that they have but not all of those hunting licenses are applied for or even awarded to the hunter. For example: In Limpopo 40 hunting permits are available to hunt lion but only 5 of those hunting permits might be applied for and awarded. Why? Because hunting is friggin’ expensive, just ask any person who goes hunting.

You will pay maybe R 7 000 for an impala but over R 40 000 to hunt a bigger antelope. Then you still need to skin the animal, meat cut up and sold and all this needs to be done by a butcher who you have to pay. The skin must be processed if it’s going to be sold at curio shop or at the local interior decorating store or by a taxidermist (someone else that needs to be paid). The meat that was cut up will go to the hunter as he bought it and some will be sold to the butcher and such. The dry wors you’re chewing contains beef that’s mixed with game meat. Where do you think your game biltong/dry wors in the grocery stores come from? Probably from free roaming cows or something?

Hunting is as part of the natural eco system as much as lions are part of the Kruger National Park. Successful wildlife management is where you keep everything as natural as possible. Some game farms might not have big predators like lions, leopard, brown hyenas, spotted hyenas or cheetahs. Thus every year during winter they have to count their wildlife stock and decide how many animals are going to be captured and sold on wild life auctions and how many are going to be put up for hunting. You do this to keep the gene pools of animals open and not shrink it. You do this to keep your animals numbers at a certain total and of course managing their habitat so there is food for everything (yes from the ticks to the vultures in the sky). If we don’t hunt in hunting season where is all those animals going to go? To the zoo? Oh wait some of you are against zoo’s as well and they play such an important role in saving species. Since animals habitats (the places where they live) are being destroyed everywhere due to new housing, new malls, new office spaces and the growing farming some these animals have to live in a zoo.

Let me assure you as well this cow is against canned hunting (which is wrong on so many levels it’s not even funny). Regulations in the hunting act of SA stipulate that no animals are supposed to be hunted in a confided space and must self sustaining for at least 24 months or more. So, that animal must be able to live and thrive on it’s own in nature without any human help. Also, bow hunting must be done under strict supervision and also that I’ve heard most hunters say “You must kill the animal in one shot, not injure it and then leave it”

Yes, there are people who abuse the rules and have zero regard for regulations and the animals. Those ones I call poachers and it’s not limited to the rhino’s (as you’ve seen on TV). From lions to the small hares, all kinds of animals are being poached for traditional medicine (yes, even the African traditional medicine), bush meat (there are a lot hungry and unemployed people in South Africa) and those tourist idiots who buy products next to the road (without thinking where that animal skin or nails came from). My human and I have seen first hand what a poacher can do to an animal and you want to get so angry that you want to cut off his balls.

If all the anti hunters in the world can rather throw their energy, time and money at stopping canned hunting and poaching we will have much better results on both side. Stopping hunting is not going to stop poaching or canned hunting, but it will stop both mentioned if you fight harder for those instead of anti hunting.

How many of you anti hunting guys have actually did the research on hunting? You took all the negatives and never looked at the positives. Working on game farms and for hunting parties is a huge industry and puts food on the table of many South Africans. What about our own local musicians that do go hunting? Are you also going to stop buying their CD’s and boycott their shows? Then your life is going to be spend confided to your homestead. I’m not going to name well known singers names who I know personally who go hunting because then you bunch will start to attack them as well.

Today there is such a high demand for fish farming because humans are busy eating up all the fish in the ocean. Yes, sushi lovers I’m looking at you. But I’m not going to stop anyone from eating sushi or seafood products because it’s their choice as long as they do it responsibly. On the flipside, why do you buy McDonalds when you know it’s bad for you? Us cows cause more green house gasses than your car. The point is, in the end nature has to play against man’s greed and the longer you anti hunting party guys fight the more trouble you are going to cause in a few years time.

The impact of removing hunting from the ecosystem will cause such serious damage you guys will just pull your shoulders and say “It’s not our problem”. I challenge any human out there reading this rant to actually sit down with a professional hunter and hear what they have to say. Next time you’re looking at buying a local musician album and you got a problem with hunting then leave it be. You won’t like the fact that artist is going on a hunting trip soon to relax, enjoy the bush and get away from the public eye.

I couldn’t care if my favorite musicians goes hunting for Springbok or eat beef burgers, they make good tunes. Here in Mpumalanga we are raised on tourism and game meat that we got from family members that went hunting. Hunting an Eland is like hunting two cows worth in meat, the same for buffalo. That my friend is something to think about. Boycott Metallica’s music, go right ahead, burn your t-shirts and CD’s but you are the one that is going to loose out.

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Alice Green

Alice Green

A green cow, part of a heard of plastic / latex cows, spread between Nelspruit, Sabie and Cape Town. My owner adopted me when I only could speak Chinese, now I'm fluent in Afrikaans, English second language and cow.
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  • Buy the Ticket Take the Ride

    Nicely written!
    The thing with the anti hunting brigade is that they have the perception that hunters kill for fun and they murder animals. Blood thirsty bastards. Hunting takes you back to your “cave man” instincts to provide. Personally i would rather eat an animal that was living in the veld, eating organic grass, shrubs and growing up without hormones, and antibiotics and was killed humanely while not expecting it. Has any of the anti hunters considered where their meat comes from or ever been in a commercial slaughterhouse to see how their beef, chicken and bacon is “prepared”? Those animals are forced into small restrictive passages while all the time they know they are going to be slaughtered because they can hear the cries of the other animals being slaughtered and they can smell the blood. So please think about this when you have a commercially obtained steak.
    Botswana has just banned hunting because they get paid by the Swedish not to allow hunting any longer. See what this will do to their wildlife within a few years. They just removed all motivation to have the concessions maintained and animals looked after (preventing poaching) and managed.
    Hunting should be encouraged in SA as this is probably the only natural resource the country has left which can be utilized to it’s full potential given the right controls and laws and ethics.

  • Alice Green

    Thanks human for the reading my rant. Yes I don’t always agree how us cows and other farm friends gets treated for someone burger or Spur ribs special.

    Anyone should watch this 30 year old doccie called “The End of Eden” was made by a guy who got killed by a tiger (true story). I can’t help to wonder if Botswana will return to this state again?

  • Dirk

    Apt piece. Just take a look at your prices though 😉

    Specie Female Male Trophy
    Impala R 850 21″ R 1500 14″-21″ R 1200
    Kudu R 3,200 40″ R15 000
    Bluewildebeest R 3,200 26″ R 4,500
    Gemsbuck R 6,000 R 6,000 R 6,000
    Warthog R 900 R 900 R 900
    Eland R 8,000 30″ R15 000

    Another farm:
    Rooibok ooie………………..R 975.00 Impala
    Koedoe koei…………………R 3250.00 Kudu
    Jong koedoe bulle …………..R 5500.00 vanaf/from from30-39”=R7500
    vanaf/from 40”=R9500.vanaf/from; 50”+ =R 15 000
    Blouwildebees koeie………….R 3000.00
    Jong BWB bulle………………R 3800.00 vanaf/from 27” =R4800 “
    Eland koei………………….R 7250.00
    Eland bulle/bulls……………R 8000.00 vanaf/from 25” – R 15 000

    • Alice Green

      Yea that is cheap against the one hunting website my human found. They were charging in US Dollars. Is that prices you posted here including the butcher as well? And the hunting permits and the fee for the professional hunter.
      Thanks for the feed back dude

  • Nadia

    Great piece! People are very ignorant, and this is one of the reasons I get so annoyed. I fully agree with the fact that people tend to jump on a bandwagon before actually researching the facts. Especially this day in age, where you can simply go online and “protest” things. There are a lot of benefits in this, like actually making people aware about what is going on around them. (Like what you have done with this article) But then you get the ones who will simply sit behind their computer, have an argument or whatever, but never actually bother to go out and DO SOMETHING.

    On the other hand, I am against hunting. Simply because I don’t get it. It’s just never been anything that I can see as “joyful”. I have asked people to explain it to me, but I know that I will never be able to understand the thrill behind it. That being said, I also understand the fact that the world is in such a state (because of US) that we need to take control of things, which means that culling etc is unfortunately necessary. This I get. I also want to thank you for talking about Canned Hunting, there are so many people who still don’t understand how screwed up that entire industry is, and actually still see it as a “good form of income” and supposed “conservation”.

    I also fully agree on the fact that it is WAY better to hunt something for food than to buy meat from any store. What that industry does is disgusting. I am a vegetarian, and have been since I was a kid. Mainly because I’ve never enjoyed eating meat. But growing up and actually knowing more about where it comes from, I have even more reasons to be a happy vegetarian. But I will also never try to convince anyone that they should stop eating meat. It’s a personal choice. That’s all. But the question that always pops up in my head is that if you want to live closer to nature and hunt your own food, why then are you still part of this crazy society? You’ve mentioned the fact that the human race evolved to this point. Why do we still need to keep hunting the way we did 1000’s of years ago? Is there any possible way of finding a middle ground here? Guess we’ll never know. Anyway, this is just me trying to get the debate that’s in my head out there.

    I think what it comes down to is just the fact that people need to start being more conscious about things. About what they’re eating, what they’re doing, where things are actually coming from etc. And start thinking about the fact that what you’ve been told your entire life might not be as correct as everyone wants you to think. Try to see things from another point of view.

    Anyway, thanks for your rant. This was mine. Please keep in mind that I am simply throwing ideas around here. 🙂

    • Alice Green

      Nadia first of all I’m giving you a High 5 Claw for being a vegaterian. Second of all I also glad you explain so nicely why you are against hunting and like you said not many humans do the proper research and stuff.

      The planet and all in it did evolve, many things still needs to happen in order for the natural order to happen. Lions chow the sick animals, hyenas are immune to almost every disease out there to clean the veld and humans hunt. What I suggest maybe you do is take a trip up to Limpopo to a breeding game farm (I know of one called Kilima Game Lodge) and have a weekend there lekker in the bush. Have a chat to the game farmer and his crew, maybe they can explain it to you better. I’m just happy you understand both sides of the coin.

      Keep on doing your bid for the earth honey, I think by you not eating meat you just saved my aunty in the Free State.