Updated: Jun 15
... AND HUMANKIND, to be quite honest.
Please read the missive below by the Sustainable Use Coalition Southern Africa (SUCo-SA) and join our collective Impact Dynamics website group as a supportive member of that organisation. There will be a direct benefit for those members who pronounce their membership and pay the small membership fee which will be announced shortly. That benefit will be a really substantial lower price for all your hunts in South Africa should you plan such an excursion. Even if hunting in Africa is not on your bucket list you will know that you are making a real contribution towards the growing of a very powerful world lobby to oppose the false narrative about so-called sustainable utilisation that is presently doing the rounds in the USA.
This is not simply another blogpost about hunting - please take time to read and absorb it. It may be the most important forum for USA hunters ever. The need for collective membership of an action based international organisation for sustainable hunting has already been expressed by clients who repeatedly hunt in South Africa.
Yes, there are the CITES-type organisations of this world - but the question needs to be asked: what good have they really ever done? Our experience is that CITES worm their agents into the offices of sometimes corrupt local nature conservation and environmental departments, and from offices in the USA - totally unattached to Africa wildlife dynamics - they execute their often unfounded regulations for USA hunters regarding hunting so-called endangered species in South Africa. As a prime example their warped ignorance regarding the actual massive, massive overpopulations of elephant in Africa south of the Zambezi River is but one of their foolish control mechanisms in action. This had and still has a direct bearing on large numbers of elephant dying of hunger due to totally unsustainable over-utilisation of their own food resources by the conservatively calculated 50,000 elephant too many in Botswana and Zimbabwe alone. Similar things can be said about leopard, lion and rhino hunting in South Africa - and trophy imports of these into the USA.
At least for members of the Impact Dynamics website there will be direct, impressive savings on hunting packages in my concessions for those who invest in a very modest membership fee in their future sustainable hunting in South Africa. That however should not be the main driver for joining - for those site members who have no plans for an Africa Safari there will be the knowledge that they are contributing to a cause that is not only going to be good for hunting in general but even for continuous ownership of hunting firearms in the USA. Locally we know all the benefits of self-regulation as practised by our hunting and shooting organisations. Self regulation always is part of the automatic advantages and bargaining power of successfully managed organisations. Do not view this affirmation lightly.
Below is the media statement from SUCo-SA:
The founding members of the Sustainable Use Coalition Southern Africa (SUCo-SA) are immensely proud to introduce to the world a whole new organisation, embracing a whole new approach to an insidious threat. Modernistic tendencies compounded by ignorance and misinformation combine to completely misconstrue what Conservation through Sustainable Utilisation really means. While the plastic curse so devastating to our oceans is starting to be recognised, society does not realise that the plastic existence of wealthy, urbanised society who have been disconnected from the rural and wild world is even more pervasive and potentially devastating.
The unfortunate trend, which began slowly with the Industrial Revolution but has especially escalated in these last years of rapid cyber driven lifestyle changes, leaves the typical and particularly “western” urbanite totally at odds with the fact that humankind is but just one species on a planet where biodiversity has evolved over millennia to be completely integrated.
The “Circle of Life”, as so insidiously misconstrued in a popular Disney movie, never evolved leaving the human species out, but this is exactly what “anti-use” and particularly animal-rightist doctrine sells down the throats of a gullible public. We are not merely observers of life on this planet, like some wide-eyed kid looking into a goldfish bowl.
We are, and always were, meant to take our place within the circle of life and any move to exclude us from it will have devastating effects not just on the biodiversity of the planet, but on the psyche of many millions who still have the human imperative to BELONG within the natural scheme of things. SUCo-SA will work wherever and however it must to fulfil our stated cause."
This is best summed up in the following core statements from our Constitution:
1.1.1 In this document, the term “Sustainable Use” means: the wise and responsible use of renewable biodiversity and the elements which support it, which does not lead to depletion of the resource.
1.1.2 In recognition of urbanised, industrialised society’s domination of global thinking, media and policymaking, the founders of SUCo-SA stand together to ensure that our heritage, values, conservation benefits and the wellbeing of all our people derived from ongoing sustainable use of renewable natural resources is secure into the future. SUCo-SA will seek to include other like-minded organisations in our coalition within the Southern African landscape whether your cause is wildlife, marine resources, plants/bioprospecting or community based and traditional use interests."
The combined membership numbers of the founders already exceed 70 000 people:
The founding members of SUCo-SA, with elected SUCo-SA Exco members names and positions reflected next to the organisation they hail from, are:
Confederation of Hunting Associations of South Africa (CHASA) (Stephen Palos – Vice Chair)
National Hunting and Shooting Associations (Natshoot) (Dr Herman Els – Chair)
Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) (Dries van Coller – Secretary General)
South African Falconry Association (SAFA)
South African Predators Association (SAPA)
South African Taxidermy and Tannery Association (SATTA)
South African Wingshooters Association
True Green Alliance (TGA) (Ron Thomson – Exco Member)
Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA)
Comments and questions are invited from our site members. More information will be added as we expand this organisation. The concept and advantages of delf-regulation will be addressed in the page dedicated to SUCo-SA.