Like with all hunting - liberal emotion has eroded logic even amongst hunters and conservationists
Recently the worldwide respected South African Professional Hunting Association (SAPHA) split in two due to a motion that was voted on and accepted that hunting lion on fenced properties was acceptable practice. Safari Club International (SCI) immediately withdrew its support for SAPHA, and the splinter group that broke away from SAPHA has since then lobbied all world hunting organisations to do the same.
None of the sides presented the true and factual logical picture. SCI demonstrated unusually emotional bias and refused to accept or even understand the facts - something which was already evident in this organisation a few years ago when the now famous US dentist wounded a lion with his crossbow in Zimbabwe and his South Africa PH tracked it for 40 hours and killed it. During the cape removal a collared tracking device was found under the big mane of the lion and the Hwange National Park nearby was informed - something which happens regularly as many lion carry tracking devices for study of their existential dynamics. Collared male lion often travel long distances out of the unfenced "Park" and get shot almost on a monthly basis often by park rangers themselves when they become threats to rural settlements.
This report aims to:
Explain lion family and procreation dynamics.
Explore the ethics of traditional (the SCI demanded) lion hunting over bait.
Explain the dynamics of dangerous game hunting on private (by law fenced) properties.
Relate the facts regarding the SAPHA Chairman's motion for allowing lion hunting on private property.
Explain the logical middle-road (between SCI and PHASA) policies and ethics and style that our (my pardners' and my) new non profit organisation and world wide safari club promotes regarding not only lion but all dangerous game and non-dangerous game hunting.
Any questions in the mean time are welcomed.