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New! Committee of inquiry to deliberate possible trade in rhino horn

Gun laws to get tougher President Jacob Zuma has acknowledged calls for a review of gun control laws and reiterated the government’s intention to look into more stringent gun regulations. During his National Council of Provinces address, Zuma said the government was concerned about the increase in the number of guns and the level of violent crimes in South Africa.

Game a boost for industry The decision by South Africa's conservation bodies to turn game into an economic asset for private landowners, led to a huge increase in game numbers, says Dr George Hughes, former CEO of the then Natal Parks Board. Hughes was the guest speaker at the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association's annual dinner. He also said the media never gave South Africa credit for creating the best game industry in the world.

Legalising the trade in rhino horn considered South Africa is slowing the rate of increase in rhino poaching and is considering advocating the legalising of rhino-horn trade to stop the killing of the animals, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Authorities have six months to contain alien invasive plant (Sanbi) said government departments and municipalities had failed to develop plans to tackle invasive species or lacked the capacity to deal with the scourge, which threatened the survival of indigenous species and posed a threat to human health.
The Kloof Conservancy applied to the courts in December 2012 to compel the minister of water and environmental affairs to publish and apply the national list of invasive alien plants.

UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals. The results of his research will help wildlife veterinarians and other conservation practitioners to ensure that the best methods of capture are practised and optimal immobilising drug cocktails and treatments are used.



MEDIA RELEASE BY THE SA HUNTERS AND GAME CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
18 February 2015

Hunting body calls for regulation of intensive commercial game breeding practices

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) wants government to implement mechanisms to regulate selective and intensive game breeding practices in the interest of protecting the country’s biodiversity and its international reputation as a leader in conservation.

Selective and intensive game breeding practices in the private game breeding sector are aimed at enhancing or altering genetic characteristics of game species for commercial purposes and include artificial and unnatural manipulation of wildlife to achieve unusual coat colours and excessive
horn lengths. Although SAHGCA fully supports an extensive game farming sector and appreciates its contribution to the economy, the Association believes that certain uncontrolled practices might have detrimental effects on biodiversity and holds unwanted consequences for the wildlife industry as a whole.

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, President of SAHGCA, says the Association is very concerned about trends in the private game ranching sector where game breeders produce a growing assortment of unnatural colour variations among indigenous game. “These practices of deliberately selecting and breeding animals for specific traits, similar to stock farming, to produce unusual coat colours or very large horn-lengths are not compatible with conservation principles.”

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Inyathi Park News Nov 2014

Hierdie is my eerste nuusbrief met boodskappe uit die stoel van die HUB van die SAJWV. Baie dankie dat u my die geleentheid bied om op hierdie wyse met u in gesprek te tree. Ek waardeer dit opreg. Ek beplan om op gereelde basis op hierdie wyse met u te probeer kommunikeer om boodskappe vanaf die Raad en die Vereniging aan u oor te dra oor ‘n verskeidenheid van onderwerpe.

Omdat daar ‘n hele klompie sake is waaroor ek inligting sou wil deel mag hierdie boodskap langer wees as dit wat u normaalweg sou verwag.

Language

I will deliberately use both Afrikaans and English to communicate with you. I know there are some members who prefer to only receive communication in Afrikaans while there are also some members who can only read and understand our communication in English. I am a pragmatist that believes that all of us are required to give or offer something to the benefit of the Association as a whole, hence the approach to provide some information in either of the languages. In this way everybody offers something to the process. I also believe that it would be an inappropriate use of time to sit and translate the full document to have it available in both Afrikaans and English. I would prefer using the time and money of the association much better than to merely sit and translate documents or have it done on my behalf.

Waar daar krities belangrike inligting is sal ek die moeite doen om dit wel te vertaal maar waar dit bloot gaan oor die deel van inligting met lede en goeie kommunikasie, moet u asseblief aanvaar sal daar dele van die nuusbrief in elkeen van die tale wees wat nie vertaal sal word nie.

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Inyathi Park News Feb 2015

Geagte Kollega,

Na die Desembervakansie het Januarie met die spoed van wit lig verbygeflits en is ons nou reeds by 2 Februarie. Dit is daarom weer tyd dat ek die gesprek van die kant van die SAJWV met u as lid voortsit. Ek kan sekerlik kort-kort so ‘n nuusbrief uitstuur met brokkies nuus en kennisgewings in elkeen. Ek verkies egter om u slegs een maal per maand te pla en dan ‘n redelike klomp inligting na u aan te stuur.


Reporting Dedicated Status

In terms of the Firearms Control Act and Regulations (Act 60 of 2 000 as amended) there is an obligation on every accredited hunters and sports shooters association to report the membership status of its dedicated members at the end of every year. This requirement is one of the accreditation requirements that must be complied with, else the association may lose its accreditation status. It is important to note that the requirement to retain dedicated status is part of the accreditation requirements of SAHGCA and we cannot merely change these requirements unilaterally.

Ons sit op die oomblik met ‘n hele pak aktiwiteite van lede wat wel rapporteer is maar waar die lid nie sy/haar naam of lidnommer verskaf het nie. Ons weet dus doodgewoon nie wie se inligting dit is nie en ons kan dit nie aan enige lid koppel nie. Indien u wel inligting na die kantoor aangestuur het om u toegewyde status te rapporteer, maak asseblief seker dat u ook u naam en lidnommer verskaf het, anders kan ons niks doen met die data wat u aangestuur het nie.

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Rhino poaching: 3140 rhinos killed in four years... and counting

To trade or not to trade (legally) in rhino horn is a conundrum that environmentalists, conservationists, hunters and activists have been debating ad nauseam over the past few years in South Africa and across the globe.

With 3140 rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa since 2011, all this talking and debating seemed to have achieved little in stopping the carnage. According to the latest official release, the total number of rhinos poached during 2014, was 1020 (20 November 2014).

In April 2011, the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) launched its Rhinos Alive! campaign to raise awareness and funds to benefit rhino conservation in South Africa. At that time, SAHGCA was one of the few conservation organisations that publicly advocated legalising international trade in rhino horn. SAGHGA was widely criticised for its stance by various animal rights organisations at the time.

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