“A View To A Kill”….

Sonja Garness’s First Camel. 2005

On September 20, 2011 the Safari Club International was granted  standing in the court case pending before the Ninth Circuit, challenging the wolf delisting rider.  It’s fairly obvious why they are so involved in keeping wolves delisted.

This  excellent article was written by the Humane Society of the United States in 2003. It’s an eye-opening, shocking look at SCI, the largest  trophy hunting organization in the world.  Take a look and look again.

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A View To A Kill

How Safari Club Int’l Works To Weaken ESA Protections

By Michael Satchell
The Humane Society of the United States
11-25-03

What weighs 21 pounds, contains 2,560 pages, and lists thousands of names and numbers? It’s not the New York City telephone directory, but here’s a hint: Its listings run from Addax to Zebra.

The answer is Safari Club International’s three-volume compendium of trophy hunters who are immortalized in this record book for doing nothing more than killing animals, an entire alphabet of animals to win SCI awards competitions. The catalog is a macabre scorecard detailing who shot what animal, where and when. Thousands and thousands of animals, covering more than 1,100 species, are figuratively buried between the covers here.

You can learn, for example, that in 1910 in the Sudan, Theodore Roosevelt killed a rhino whose horns measured 24 4/8 inches and 7 4/8 inches, scoring 67 1/8 points to make the former U.S. president the No.1 hunter of Northern white rhino. Or that one Marc Pechenart shot an elephant in the Central African Republic in June 1970, earning a score of 302 points for the biggest pachyderm. The animal’s left tusk weighed 154 pounds and the right 148 pounds.

With its photographs of grinning hunters posing with lifeless animals and its meticulous rankings for the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies, the SCI record book perfectly encapsulates what trophy hunting is all about: killing for killing’s sake. The book lays bare the hunters’ obsessions: a craving to shoot the largest animal, a desire to kill the most animals and rack up SCI awards, or a fetish to bring home the animal’s head and hang it on the wall.

The mother of all these obsessions, though, is the awards competition. SCI members shoot prescribed lists of animals to win so-called Grand Slam and Inner Circle titles. There ís the Africa Big Five, (leopard, elephant, lion, rhino, and buffalo); the North American Twenty Nine (all species of bear, bison, sheep, moose, caribou, and deer); and the Antlered Game of the Americas, among many other contests.

To complete all 29 award categories, a hunter must kill a minimum of 322 separate species and sub-species enough to populate an entire zoo. This is an extremely expensive and lengthy task, and many SCI members take the quick and easy route. They shoot captive animals in canned hunts, both in the United States and overseas, and some engage in other unethical conduct like shooting animals over bait, from vehicles, with spotlights, or on the periphery of national parks.

Wayne Pacelle, HSUS senior vice president for communications and government affairs, captures the essence of SCI members and their motivation:

“It’s a perverse and destructive subculture,” he says. “Thousands of animals suffer and die for the amusement of wealthy elites who have the means to pursue any form of recreation, but choose to shoot the world’s rarest and most beautiful animals. There’s no societal value to the exercise, just a selfish all-consuming mentality of killing, collecting, and showing off trophies. They know the price of every animal, but the value of none.”

High-Powered Rifles

It’s easy to parody and criticize Safari Club International, but it’s a mistake to underestimate the club’s power and influence on shaping policies that are detrimental to wildlife and beneficial to those members who stand tall over freshly killed animals in the SCI record books.

Since it was founded in 1971, the Tucson-based non-profit has grown to some 40,000 trophy collectors. More than half boast an annual income of more than $100,000 (compared to 6% of hunters nationwide). The average member owns 11 rifles, six shotguns, five handguns and a bow. Two-thirds spend about one month hunting each year, and a quarter of the members more than 50 days.

The club contributes large sums to mostly Republican candidates and, not surprisingly, has been able to ingratiate itself with various administrations, most notably the Bush Administration, and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). With the help of friendly members of Congress and officials in USFWS, SCI has consistently attempted to navigate around the intent of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and import once-banned trophies of endangered and threatened wildlife. Sometimes, the club has succeeded, sometimes not.

The latest example of SCI’s growing influence in Washington is the Bush Administration’s initiative to “save” the world’s endangered species by killing or selling them, and then using the revenues as an incentive for poor countries to improve their conservation efforts. This scheme to protect rare wildlife is a formula for disaster. It will reverse 30 years of ESA protections for hundreds of exotic creatures who are heading for, or teetering on, the brink of extinction.

The proposal, which conveniently dovetails with SCI’s agenda, offers several examples of how wildlife can be exploited for profit. It suggests imports, such as wild-caught Asian elephants for circuses and zoos, Morelet’s crocodile skins for luxury leather items like shoes and handbags, and Asian bony tongue tropical fish to supply the aquarium trade. American trophy hunters could shoot and import trophies of straight-horned markhor, a rare goat found in Pakistan, and then head north on a quickie expedition to nail Canadian wood bison.

These are only examples. If approved, the proposal portends open season on many disappearing species, particularly large mammals, the so-called charismatic mega fauna. It would also be a huge incentive for poaching and smuggling. Imagine how much rich trophy hunters would offer China to shoot giant pandas arguably the world’s most beloved animal if they were allowed to import their stuffed remains. Picture furriers importing the hides of endangered snow leopards to swathe the ethically challenged. And now that pet tigers have earned a bad rap, might cheetahs become the newest rage among exotic pet owners?

For three decades and under strict controls, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed only a few rare animals, such as pandas, to be brought in for scientific research and breeding. Until SCI began to push its agenda in Congress and at the Interior Department, USFWS very rarely approved the importation of endangered-species trophies. Now, the agency is proposing not only to ease those trophy import restrictions but also to allow the import of live animals for entertainment (or the pet trade) and the import of skins and hides for luxury apparel.

Such a plan goes against USFWS’s historic rationale, which quite correctly notes that fostering a commercial market for disappearing wildlife will inevitably hasten its demise.

No Trickle-Down Economics

Encouraging the sale and import of heads, hides, and live animals to enhance survival efforts in the wild may sound logical until you examine the sorry history of other purported “sustainable” wildlife-use programs. The record shows that few of the dollars trickle down to benefit either wildlife or local people in the impoverished range states because corrupt officials inevitably divert the money.

During the 1990s, in a well-intentioned-but-misguided conservation effort, the U.S. government spent more than $12 million to underwrite sustainable wildlife-use programs in Zimbabwe. The idea was to give local people the opportunity to raise money for community projects by selling hunting permits for African elephants. The program ended up subsidizing trophy hunting, and little of their trophy fees reached the villages.

USFWS’s new endangered species proposal doesn’t offer much hope to alter this historical course. Despite agency assurances, the plan isn’t the product of careful scientific assessment or innovative thinking. It’s driven, in large part, by the working relationship between the Bush Administration and SCI, and by the administration’s apparent hostility toward the Endangered Species Act.

SCI’s membership includes former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who has lobbied the government of Botswana on the group’s behalf to lift the ban on killing the nation’s dwindling lion population. What’s more, President George W. Bush appointed Matthew J. Hogan, SCI’s former Government Affairs Manager, as one of the two current deputy directors of USFWS a classic example of the fox guarding the hen house. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, in turn, has worked to weaken the ESA, from abandoning federal efforts to restore grizzlies in Idaho to undermining a key provision that allows citizens to sue the government to speed up protection of imperiled species.

Aiming High…Shooting Low

SCI got off to a shaky start during its early forays into Washington politics. In 1979, when the organization was not even a decade old, it sought government approval to circumvent the spirit of the law and import an astonishing 1,125 trophies of 40 animals on the endangered species list. They included gorillas, cheetahs, tigers, orangutans, and snow leopards.

With a straight face, SCI said its goal was “scientific research incentive for propagation survival of the species.” There was one small problem. The trophies weren’t dead yet. The prospect of permitting the wholesale slaughter of more than 1,000 rare animals was a bit too much, even for USFWS, and the request was denied.

As its lobbying became more sophisticated, SCI began pouring money into national political campaigns. Since the 1998 election cycle, it has contributed $596,696 to Republican candidates and $92,500 to Democrats. Not coincidentally, Congressional Republicans have made repeated attempts to amend and weaken the ESA, while USFWS, turning its back on decades of precedents, has proposed to allow hunters to import trophies of endangered animals killed in the wild. These import easements are critical to one of SCI’s true aims.

All those pictures in the SCI record books, and in the club’s glossy magazines like Safari and Hunt Forever, are a form of pornography to the blood sports crowd. Would-be big-game hunters can pore over photos of triumphant and sated trophy collectors holding up the head of a dead ungulate by its horns or standing atop the hulk of a dead elephant or posing with a dead leopard draped around his neck. But like all pornography, the image is never enough. The hunter eventually wants a taste of the real thing. And, of course, he must have a trophy to savor the experience.

As former SCI president John J. Jackson III once wrote: “A trophy of any species attests that its owner has been somewhere and done something, that he has exercised skilled persistence and discrimination in the agile feat of overcoming, outwitting, and reducing game to possession.”

Trophy collectors may rhapsodize about their spiritual love for the quarry, the hunter’s path to self-actualization, the thrill of the chase, the test of manhood, and other such philosophical jabberwocky. But at the end of the day, and after a $65,000 safari, the only thing that matters is hanging that head on the wall and the rarer the animal, the better it feels.

An example: Kenneth E. Behring, who donated $100 million to have the Smithsonian memorialize him with the Behring Family Hall of Mammals on the Washington D.C. Mall, went to Kazakhstan in 1997 and paid the government enough to allow him to shoot a Kara Tau argali sheep.

The animal, even SCI acknowledges, is critically endangered; the species is listed on CITES Appendix I and can not be imported into the United States as a trophy without the help of a museum. Behring, who like all SCI members, regards himself as a conservationist, killed his Kara Tau argali when only 100 remained and shipped it to a Canadian taxidermist. The Smithsonian then petitioned USFWS for an import permit, but withdrew the request in the storm of negative publicity that followed.

But Behring isn’t the only SCI member with questionable ethics. Back when Teddy Roosevelt was laying waste to Africa’s wildlife, hunting may have embraced those mythic elements that SCI still loves to invoke: a Hemingway-esque mantra of danger, romance, bravery, and the thrill of slaying the beast.

On today’s safari, however, the customer is coddled in luxury tent camps, replete with flush toilets, hot showers and gourmet dining. All he (or she) has to do is shell out tens of thousands of dollars, pull the trigger when instructed, and pose for the money shot. He doesn’t even get blood on his hands. A professional guide stalks the target, lines up the shot, tells the client when to take it, acts as a backup shooter if the animal is wounded, and supervises the gutting, skinning and decapitation.

And that’s in the wild. From South Africa to New Zealand to Texas, many of these trophy collectors shoot captive animals in canned hunts staged in fenced paddocks on game ranches, a practice the Boone and Crockett Club calls “unfair and unsportsmanlike.” The animals are habituated to humans and are shot at feeding stations, salt licks and watering holes. The “spirit of fair chase,” supposedly enshrined in SCI’s code of ethics, is conveniently ignored.

SCI’s highly flexible “fair chase” code also urges members to “comply with all game laws and demonstrate abiding respect for game, habitat and property.” That admonition regularly falls on deaf ears.

In 1998, several top SCI leaders, including Behring and then-president Alfred Donau, reportedly went on a wildlife killing spree in Mozambique. According to a published report, they left animals wounded and dying and shot elephants in alleged violation of national law. Other SCI members have been convicted of killing endangered species and trying to smuggle them into the U.S.

Wealthy hunters, including SCI members, have also been caught in federal tax scams. In one celebrated case, a museum in Raleigh, North Carolina, gave trophy hunters the title of “associate curator,” which helped them persuade foreign officials to grant permits to shoot rare animals. Hunters went on to donate low-value trophies to the museum and receive wildly inflated appraisals, which were then deducted from their federal taxes. In some cases, the mounts were reacquired by the donors. Before authorities busted the ring, the museum took in 1,800 specimens and valued them at a whopping $8.4 million. At SCI’s 1999 annual convention, members were offered a document titled Secrets of Tax Deductible Hunting, advising them to declare their home trophy rooms as museums, call themselves curators, and “donate your record-book animal for the mouthwatering tax deduction.”

Incidents like these fuel the club’s negative image. Most Americans are largely ambivalent about hunting wild animals for food, but polls show strong public opposition to killing exotic animals for fun, competition, and bragging rights. To counter this perception and burnish its reputation, the club donates meat to food banks, stages “sensory safaris” where the vision-impaired can touch and feel stuffed animals, and arranges hunting for the disabled.

To Matthew Scully, author of the highly acclaimed book Dominion, such window dressing is humbug. “They practice a socially conscious sadism here,” Scully writes. “Ethics at the Safari Club is ordered libertinism, like teaching cannibals to use a table napkin and not take the last portion.”


 Michael Satchell is a senior consultant for The HSUS.

http://www.rense.com/general45/view.htm 

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SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL ALASKA CHAPER

  TROPHY ROOM


Zebra taken with Dries Visser Safari’s- Paul Atkins

http://www.aksafariclub.org/trophy-room/

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Top Photo: Courtesy Alaska Chapter SCI 

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Dallas Chapter SCI

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Tags: Safari Club International, evils of trophy hunting, ESA under fire, SCI granted standing in wolf delisting lawsuit

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  1. I am horribly disheartened, completely disillusioned by what Safari Club stands for. They are the enemy of God, the enemy of decent people, surely the arch enemy of all animals, the enemy of all that is good. I have always been Republican, thought George Bush was super, but now I think he is the devil reincarnate. If any Republican running for President takes as much as one dime from these God-hating, defying people, I shall change to Democrat, and so will all I know. This is going to be spread around as far as it will go. May these people who belong to this club, support this club, have anything to do with this club’s atrocitys burn in hell.

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    • You are so right. God’s vengeance upon the heads of these psychopaths and their friends (or fiends) in government. As to “Sonja’s First Camel,” what kind of woman kills camels for fun? Thgese are a bunch of murderous, animal abusers (yes, the two go hand in hand). I know where their headquarters and “Wildlife museum” (A collection of murdered and stuffed dead animals) is outside of Tucson. These people belong in prison and insane asylums, Decent people should run them out of existence.

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  2. This is so utterly disgusting! Hunters simply are the scum of the earth!

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    • gitte…And hunters wonder why they have such a bad reputation, especially killing for fun “trophy hunters”. I could barely stand to look at those pictures. That poor camel looked so horrible. The pain these people inflict on defenseless animals is beyond measure. To think SCI was granted standing in the Ninth Circuit Appeal makes my skin crawl. OH yes they are interested in keeping wolves delisted so they can be hunted.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  3. I’m so sorry to say you have no political choice, not if involvement in Safari Club International is your criterion.
    The wolves must win.
    It is difficult not to despair.
    CMM
    For the Wolves

    Political Candidates Receiving Contributions/Support in the ’12 Election Cycle from
    SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL PAC (SCI-PAC)
    Public Disclosure found at
    http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/safari-club-international-pac-sci-pac.asp?cycle=12

    Another relevant article re President Obama and Gun Controls
    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2046592,00.html

    The following article can be found at
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/bush-liz-cheney-to-speak-at-hunters-convention.php

    After staring down terrorists for eight years, former President George W. Bush is taking on a new challenge: a speaking gig at the Safari Club International Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada.

    But wait, there’s more! In addition to listening to Bush speak, conference attendees will also be able to attend a variety of hunting-related seminars such as: “Proper Boots — Proper Care,” “Through the Eyes of a Young Hunter,” “Wild Game & Wine Pairing,” and “Shotgun Chokes: How they Work,” just to name a few.

    Bush will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, January 23, the final night of the four-day convention. Though it’s unclear what he’ll talk about (WMD’s in Iraq, maybe?), the convention’s Web site boasts: “His intellect and humor will make this a night to remember and share for years and years.” The former leader of the free world will be joined by such top-notch acts as comedian Frank Caliendo, Three Dog Night, the Bellamy Brothers, a country music group, Dennis Miller, and a Beach Boys cover band, “Papa Doo Run Run.”

    The Safari Club, which is closely associated with Republicans and gives millions to GOP candidates and causes, bills itself as an organization dedicated to “the freedom to hunt through policy advocacy, litigation and education for federal and state legislators to ensure hunting is protected for future generations.” The group has spent close to $300 million on wildlife and hunting-related causes since it’s founding in 1979, according to their Web site.

    Liz Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, will also speak at this convention, a move that will definitely burnish her conservative creds. SCI-PAC has a history as a Republican-friendly group. In 2004, it spent $339,431, with 89% going to Republican candidates; in 2006, it spent $527,714, with 86% going to Republicans; and in 2008, it spent $766,295, with 76% going to Republicans.

    This will probably be a fun event, as SCI knows how to do it up right. Back in June 2006, Safari Club International held a charity auction, presided over by special guest auctioneer Tom DeLay, the former House Republican leader and later a guest on Dancing With The Stars. As auctioneer, the staunch social conservative DeLay engaged in wordplay surrounding the animal vest that was being sold: “Who wants a beaver?” DeLay said, also adding: “Everybody likes beaver, even women.”

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    • Oh how I despise the SCI, & how I despise it’s members. I have read & known about this club for 15 years now & the y are a horrid club with horrible people in it. Nothing better to do with their money than go & kill innocent creatures ALL around the globe.
      As Dr. Catherine said on Friday @ the protest in Helena ….. it is a SICKNESS!

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      • A soul sickness. Tolstoy wrote in his famous essay the First Step, it’s all about food. If you can’t control that first basic exchange with the world you cannot govern any facet of your life. Food is the first accoutrement of wealth. Food is related to greed and lust for power. SCI Hunts are a stylized pretext to display of wealth while many a poor North American hunter must eat Tim Bits and drink beer. The SCI, hunt, dress then dine, elaborate feasts. Such people totter through life from martini to martini.
        I had a thought, very brief. People should simply refuse to vote. Rather it will be important to elect as many individuals regardless of party who are not on the take or rather who love wilderness and wild animals as distinct from hunting them down. People should vote and they should canvas candidates for their position on conservation, meaning animal and species protection not resource management. People who care not or little for the well being of others species care little about humanity. It is as Luther Standing Bear said. In sharing, in loving all and everything, one people naturally found a due portion of the thing they sought, while, in fearing, the other found the need of conquest.
        Electronic voting systems no longer represent voters.
        Boycotts. We must try. The EU is sympathetic to issues of conservation. Just as the EU hates the Canadian seal hunt and as this site demonstrates, many Europeans want the wolves spared this chaos. Meanwhile the SCI Canada website opens with our version of wild west mythos personified. His image lends face to words of patronage. Children in Canadian SCI wildlife programs are photographed holding the head of a deer they’ve killed, while activities linked to schools convert children to conservationists, New Speak for someone who shoots and traps in a park. I apologize if I sound pessimistic.
        CMM
        For the Wolves

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  4. This people make me sick! Thrill killing, Zebra’s, Camels do nothing to man! Bastards!
    Safari Intl is on the BOG or I should say several if not all members of the BOG in AK belong to this as well a Gov Sean Parnell.
    That’s why the wolf killing up there.
    😦

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    • crystalwolf…..Sonja Garness was Miss Teen Alaska 2005. I’ve seen the name Jeff Garness turn up in connection wit the Alaska Chapter of SCI, are they related? There is nothing I read in her bio about trophy hunting.

      What I can’t stand about that picture is her standing practically on the poor camel so triumphant. What the heck is she celebrating, shooting a defenseless animal? How hard could that be with a high powered rifle? This kind of behavior has to be learned. You aren’t born wanting to kill things. Just disgusting.

      For the wolves, For all the poor animals killed by SCI,
      Nabeki

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  5. I tried posting this earlier. My attempts failed. I’m not sure why.
    Below are links to Safari Club International political donations.
    People need to know how deeply SCI reaches into the political system..
    Donations are to both parties. Voters should know where their candidates stands. Hopefully Congress who will challenge the SCI’s existence.
    Information is vital. How else can one take action.
    For the Wolves
    CMM

    Political Candidates Receiving Contributions/Support in the ’12 Election Cycle from

    SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL PAC (SCI-PAC)
    Public Disclosure found at
    http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/safari-club-international-pac-sci-pac.asp?cycle=12

    The following excerpts are from an article at
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/bush-liz-cheney-to-speak-at-hunters-convention.php

    “…conference attendees will also be able to attend a variety of hunting-related seminars such as: “Proper Boots — Proper Care,” “Through the Eyes of a Young Hunter,” “Wild Game & Wine Pairing,” and “Shotgun Chokes: How they Work,” just to name a few.”

    “The Safari Club, which is closely associated with Republicans and gives millions to GOP candidates and causes, bills itself as an organization dedicated to “the freedom to hunt through policy advocacy, litigation and education for federal and state legislators to ensure hunting is protected for future generations.”

    Another relevant article re President Obama and Gun Controls
    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2046592,00.html

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  6. Everytime I go on the SCI website I feel so dirty I am compelled to wash my hands right after. These people think they are “superior beings”. Arrogant, selfish, vile people. They are rarely told no, so they throw money around and expect people to fall at their feet. Sometimes when you are a poor village in africa this works.
    CJ mcelroy was the founder, and was known to be completely unethical, shooting animals in national parks and shooting animals from helicopters. They have dozens of members that own and operate wildlife preserves, which explains the hypocritical stance on canned hunting. These sport hunting douchebags days are numbered.

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  7. Yes, I am familiar with this organization…the members are rich,
    bored, and get away with everything, no matter how disgusting.
    Welcome to our fine country and all it’s religion and under-the-
    table deals & entertainment. A fine population our leaders are
    members with!

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  8. Oh is she supposed to look attractive wielding a gun while standing over that body? All I see is a demented serial killer.

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    • To you or I John she is an airhead. To a hunter that sleeps in his camo gear, doesn’t get out much, and smells like musty wet carpet, she’s a catch. Think of those huntin stories they could tell each other

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      • William do you still have the link to the horrific canned hunt of the female lion who was separated from her cubs by a fence and they shot her dead? I’ve been trying to find it but can’t seem to locate it?

        N.

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      • I remember seeing that video. I;’ve seen many trophy hunt videos and all of them are disgusting.Most of them end with the bad bad hunter smiling while standing over the animal they just killed for sport while their rifle is being held up by the animal. It’s sickening. Trophy hunters in particular are wildlife terrorists. These people claim to love wildlife and I say time and time again, they don’t love wildlife, they love killing it and there is a big difference between the two.

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      • I’ll find it Nabeki when I get out of work Monday night. I’m sure I have it somewhere in my archives. The first time I saw it I don’t think I slept for two days…….

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      • I know William, it broke my heart too, one of the worst hunting videos I’ve ever seen but I think we need to post it once again, to expose how dark trophy hunting really is. It doesn’t matter if it’s wolves or African lions, these people will do the vilest things to achieve their “corpse trophy.” What does that bring to mind?

        It’s time to play hardball.

        For the wolves,
        Nabeki

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      • Nabeki
        I emailed Chris from Campaign against canned hunting in South Africa and asked him if he has a link to the lion video. I’ll get back to you. I must have erased it

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      • Thanks william…I had it somewhere, I know you gave me the link and now I can’ t find it.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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    • John….I can hardly stand to look at that picture or the zebra. The poor camel looks so awful. I don’t understand this mentality? What pleasure could someone possibly get from killing a defenseless animal like a camel?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • One is dominion. These people have a sensation of authority when they take a life. Issues like stress, depression, emotional insecurities are numbed by the violent expression of a percieved ‘right’ to dominate life as was supposedly intended for them. Others are attention seekers, they follow a crowd, or are pressured into doing it to gain the affection of friends and family.
        Then there are those who are just plain sadistic. Some people just do it because they have the ability.
        Human nature has one nasty dark side. What is worse, the sport hunting culture attempts to turn vices into virtues. That to take life without remorse means you are ‘tough’ or ‘mature’ or have a ‘deeper connection with the wild’ because the act of killing is the page where these people slam the metaphorical book of life shut and scribble on the back what they think is on the pages after it.

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  9. This all reminds me of Hemingway’s story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Here’s an excerpt (context: Macomber has just gut-shot the lion and wants to leave him in the grass, because he’s scared, but Wilson, his hired hunting guide, insists that they go after him).

    Thirty-five yards into the grass the big lion lay flattened out along the ground. His ears were back and his only movement was a slight twitching up and down of his long, black- tufted tail. He had turned at bay as soon as he had reached this cover and he was sick with the wound through his full belly, and weakening with the wound through his lungs that brought a thin foamy red to his mouth each time he breathed. His flanks were wet and hot and flies were on the little openings the solid bullets had made in
    his tawny hide, and his big yellow eyes, narrowed with hate, looked straight ahead, only blinking when the pain came as he breathed, and his claws dug in the soft baked earth. All of him, pain, sickness, hatred and all of his remaining strength, was tightening into an absolute concentration for a rush. He could hear the men talking and he waited, gathering all of himself into
    this preparation for a charge as soon as the men would come into the grass. As he heard their voices his tail stiffened to twitch up and down, and, as they came into the edge of the grass, he made a coughing grunt and charged.
    Kongoni, the old gun-bearer, in the lead watching the blood spoor, Wilson watching the grass for any movement, his big gun ready, the second gun-bearer looking ahead and listening, Macomber close to Wilson, his rifle cocked, they had just moved into the grass when Macomber heard the blood-choked coughing grunt, and saw the swishing rush in the grass. The
    next thing he knew he was running; running wildly, in panic in the open, running toward the stream.
    He heard the ca-ra-wong! of Wilson’s big rifle, and again in a second crashing carawong! and turning saw the lion, horrible-looking now, with half his head seeming to be gone, crawling toward Wilson in the edge of the tall grass while the red-faced man worked the bolt on the short ugly rifle and aimed carefully as another blasting carawong! came from the muzzle, and the crawling, heavy, yellow bulk of the lion stiffened and the huge, mutilated head slid forward and Macomber, standing by himself in the clearing where he had run, holding a loaded rifle, while two black men and a white man looked back at him in contempt, knew the lion was dead. He came toward Wilson, his tallness all seeming a naked reproach, and Wilson looked at him and said:
    “Want to take pictures?”
    “No,” he said.

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    • OMG captain sakonna…that is so awful Heartbreaking!!

      For the wolves, For all the suffering animals.
      Nabeki

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  10. I like that. OMG. I never liked Hemingway. The passage says why better than I can. I read him out of youthful servility to the idea of 20th century literature. A frank self demeaning admission might have elicited a wry smile from him. The world throws money at trophy hunters if they can spell. At least, at last, Spain has banned bull fighting. Which come to think of it is cause for hope. If the Spaniards can do it so can we.
    CMM
    For the Wolves

    Plug this into a google image browser to view a proto SCI with his dead.

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  11. Occasionally my posts disappear on screen. I repost. Later there are two of more or less the same content. Word Press or firewalls? This may also result in a duplication. I went through years of slavish reading. 20th century American literature. When Hemingway is under discussion I need to say how much I dislike him. The passage from The Short Happy Life says why. My best shot was Nobel throws money at sports hunters who can spell. The issue.. the debate form vs content leads away from aesthetics and the hierarchical world of art. It matters how you live not how you write. Hemingway was grotesque. He lived in that glory time Out of Africa when Europeans and Americans killed to appropriate majesty. But then it occurred to me Spain has banned the bull fight. If Spain can do it so can we. You in your country. I in mine as though we don’t live in a complete interdependency.
    CMM
    For the Wolves

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    • Charlot…Not sure what is happening to your posts. WordPress does a pretty good job but sometimes they make mistakes.

      I agree that if Spain can do away with bull fights we can ban wolf hunting. Wolves are being hunted for political reasons and everyone knows it.

      For the wolves,
      Nabeki

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      • Thanks for your reply. I asked IT at my workplace. It could be my choice of browser. He thought Explorer over Firefox. I’ll go with that. Whatever happens so long as they do eventually appear it’s not worth worry. What really annoys is the typo in my Gravatar address.
        Time for an update. I use machines at work where I have access to group licensed software. Two weeks ago MS Word 2010 superseded 2003 – 2007. Porting my documents to an unlicensed laptop resulted in losses chiefly of time. I and my documents are reconciled. The learning curve is over. I have written the two important statements that will contextualize other data. Elegance as someone was kind enough to apply to one of my posts does not come easily to me. Should elegance happen, I’ve worked hard at it or edited down to the bone, a fair term for docs on wolves. Time lost was time for associations and adjustments.

        The wolf mutilation photo remains pivotal. But 15 will share the conclusion with another I’ll capture today, a cottage decorated with 20 or more mounted heads of wolves.
        You’ve probably seen it.

        Trophy hunting must be outlawed. If Spain can get rid of the Bull Fight, enshrined as it was in mystique, trophy hunting can go the same way. Eventually there must be a worldwide coalition of organizations opposed to Trophy Hunting.

        The SCI involvement in U.S. politics, or rather the involvement of people in U.S.government in SCI sets the local moral tone. Subcribers in office are an underlying reason for delisting endangered species for sports hunters who get to enjoy a poor man’s version of SCI life, a hunt in the park with beer and porn mags vs night flights to Africa in a private jet, designer hunting rags, 2000 dollar a plate after hunt snacks and some time in bed with power.

        I’d read some of Wayne Pacelle’s book and among other things just didn’t like the Vick/Pit Bull decision. Never did still didn’t.
        Two days ago I looked at the disclosure of SCI’s political donations. Though Republicans receive more, both sides receive funds. This am I woke up my head full of strategy. Foremost I realized the wisdom of Purcell’s decision. Today I looked online at how this is being turned around. I’m sold.

        I must widen the scope of the letter’s outreach. Many of the donors were private individuals. I can ask Yellowstone. I’m a private individual. They may be bound to privacy or there may be a work around. A Canadian team, PhD Biology U of Victoria, Darimont and a film maker McAllister published on wolves in B.C.as did author Grambo and photographer Daniel Cox. Oh yes and, McElroy/All My Relations.

        “To those who have always embraced all of Creation as family & have often felt like resident aliens because of it: Welcome home.”

        A friend whose full time work is advocacy for migratory birds, a woman who loves wolves, heard out my plan to write donors and asked first stop, what do you want them to do? It is THE question. I know what to ask. I will confer. After all, wolves can’t write letters or ask for help. Reticence has no place in advocacy. She’ll be on board to edit. As you know I’ll be asking for endorsement from the HSUS and Born Free Canada. I have two clear nights ahead. I mean to wrap up a draft for review by editors. Then post for endorsement. A couple of recipients will require a brief cover letter.

        For the Wolves
        and as I especially like this close
        For the Wild Ones
        CMM

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  12. I am so disgusted with SCI and other groups like them. I agree that they are the enemy of God and show so much disrespect to everything. What kind of mentality to have such a craving to kill any animal you can! Really Sonja Garness,,killing a camel? She looks so proud, but I see nothing but a person that lacks what is most important ..a heart. And having an empty heart means you soul is dark.You can only hope that people who find enjoyment in killing for sport are given extreme hardships of their own for each life taken. karma.
    This has to be exposed, the more evil actions like this is unmasked the more damage will be done upon them.

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    • Judith ….many of the people in SCI are wealthy and have a huge amount of disposable income. They choose to use it to run around the country and the world killing animals. It’s a disgrace.

      For the wolves,
      Nabeki

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  13. Sen. Tester enabled SCI members to “legally” kill wolves in Idaho and Montana. No one else, except perhaps Sen. Baucus — Montana’s very own puppet master — is more culpable.

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  14. To see these gorgeous animals dead for no reason then to feed some hunter’s ego is heartbreaking indeed. How can anyone enjoy doing this?

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    • I agree

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  15. From Ill nature: rants and reflections on humanity and other animals By Joy Williams

    Safari Land

    “To many many Africans, wild animals are a thing of the past, standing in the wy of progress – progress perceived to be cows and goats. Grasslands that for thousands of years have supported hundreds of thousands of migrating beasts have turned into desert under the implacable browsing og livestock.”

    The following will link to Google Books.

    http://books.google.ca/books?id=Q2MMBLsqIagC&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=Joy+Williams+Safariland&source=bl&ots=Kj7agEehUI&sig=0B516azJy_UV443vbAzo5JP7X8Q&hl=en#v=onepage&q=Joy%20Williams%20Safariland&f=false

    CMM

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  16. Really? The Zebra? My room is zebra, my favorite animal is the zebra. To see one dead or hurt kills me. Hunting is horrible. You people are savages. You are disgusting! and by the way if you were wondering, im 14

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