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Africa does not need First World’s governments to tell it what it can and cannot do with its own wildlife

2020-02-21T08:45:00+02:00February 21st, 2020|

Common Sense in Conservation (I/27)   In recent years there has been an ever greater onslaught by First World animal rightists (A/Rs), to thwart the application of essential science-based wildlife management practices in Africa. What is more worrying is the fact that Western governments have been complicit insofar they have used these animal rightist attacks for their own political gain; and the political elites have pledged to write into their Western-country laws A/R demands that would place control of wildlife management practices in Africa back into First World ‘white-nation’ hands. Read more Ron Thomson


2020-02-07T12:42:55+02:00February 7th, 2020|

Please see the Airlink article below. Airlink has assured PHASA that the current procedures of carrying firearms on their flights are still in place. Passengers should book their flights accordingly. 06/02/2020, JOHANNESBURG – Airlink, the privately-run South African airline, will operate services linking Johannesburg with Port Elizabeth, Entebbe, Ndola and Luanda after 29 February 2020, even though its franchise partner, SAA, will stop serving those destinations from that date. “We want to reassure travelers that as far as Airlink is concerned, it is business as usual!   Our schedule and operations are unaffected by SAA’s latest network cuts,” said Rodger Foster, [...]


2020-01-08T11:26:18+02:00October 21st, 2019|

RESPONSIBLE HUNTING TOURISM As the largest association of professional hunters in the world, PHASA takes pride in the ongoing positive contribution by our members to wildlife management, conservation and hunting tourism industries in South Africa. PHASA fully supports responsible, ethical hunting as one of the most important tools for sustainable wildlife management and understands the importance of hunting to our biodiversity and rural economies. PHASA continues to engage with government on professional hunting related issues and is an active participant of the National Tourism Stakeholders Forum and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. However, it is unfortunate that we have [...]

Total ivory market shutdown – A blow for SADC countries

2019-08-23T11:18:12+02:00August 23rd, 2019|

Emmanuel Koro  Southern African countries might sadly soon find themselves with virtually no markets to sell their ivory worldwide. This follows the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Washington-based Senior Vice President’s announcement today that the WWF is on a drive to shutdown all Asian ivory markets. Read more >>> 

CITES tells vote-buying disadvantaged countries to present evidence

2019-08-23T11:17:19+02:00August 23rd, 2019|

Emmanuel Koro  If you thought vote rigging was only associated with African presidential elections where the UN always sends well-funded delegates to inspect them; think again. Right here in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Western animal rights groups and some Western countries are buying votes against ivory trade. Read more >>> 

Conservation Research Fund Feedback – Leopard Research – August 2019

2019-08-23T11:15:04+02:00August 23rd, 2019|

A MOU was signed between the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund, Rhino Direct and Singatha Conservation Research Fund. Below is the background and an introduction to the role-players. ~By Mariska Nel & Leanne Ray Singatha Conservation Research Fund (SCRF) was born out of the recognition of the difficulties post-graduate students face in conducting field research, the challenges landowners have in obtaining scientific information relevant to their specific needs, and an opportunity to involve corporate sponsors in transparent, funding-worthy projects. We strive to forge connections to promote conservation research, tertiary education, and community involvement. SCRF’s current endeavours include research projects running in the Magaliesberg [...]

SADC, CITES & The Animal Rightists. The way forward

2019-07-12T13:17:47+02:00July 12th, 2019|

The next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES 2019), is just around the corner.  This is the 19th Meeting of the Parties (CoP19) since 1975 and Africa is no further forward (than we were in 1975) in getting the convention to “work with African countries” to create legal markets for our wildlife and wildlife products.  Indeed, we have regressed.  And, lest we forget, the  purpose of  CITES is to REGULATE the wildlife trade on behalf of its 183 sovereign state members - NOT to PROHIBIT trade; and to make sure that whatever trade is permitted is [...]

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