Outspoken Conservationist


Outspoken Conservationist

Outspoken wildlife champion Dr Bool Smuts has been given a stark choice: to stop criticising the Western Cape Government’s approach to predator control or risk losing his job with the provincial Health Department.

The written warning comes after almost two years of heated public exchanges between Smuts and various members of the provincial cabinet, including Premier Helen Zille, over an agreement which permits farmers to use prohibited methods to destroy hundreds of thousands of predators a year.

Smuts has described the deal as “the largest cull of biodiversity ever sanctioned by a government entity in the history of the African continent”

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Submitted by : John Wallace of Pietermaritzburg on 2012-09-13 07:38:49
An interesting article degraded by wildly exagerated "hundreds of thousands of predators killed in a year". Come on Noseweek - you are better than that - numeracy skills may be at a low point in RSA ... but readers do expect the journalists of a quality publication to be able to count!

Editor's Note
It's more than numeracy issue here John... the permits being issued allow for the killings of not just a few hundreds of thousands, but much more...
 
Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2012-09-04 19:48:53
Shame on the DA. Sies, man! Blindly culling animals is so 1800's! Get Cape Nature and the NGO's to work with farmers for a better way. Don't be as pathetic as the ANC. Who do you think these boere are going to vote for if you do the right thing, anyway? It's 2012 and there's no need to simply murder predators because that's what oupa did. There really ARE better ways.
 
Submitted by : Fritz Fourie on 2012-08-30 10:08:13
490 Permits allowing killing of ten predators each comes to 4900 kills in 2011 yet you mention hundreds of thousands of predators killed in a year in paragraph two.

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