Today I came across this headline on Facebook, an article titled
by Sean Messham on December 3, 2012 in Hunting
Originally published on the Africa Geographic Facebook page this article values the “live” value of my leopard (below) at over R85,000,000, compared to the trophy value of R189,000. The “live” value is based on tourists paying to sight a leopard, many times during each of the leopard’s 15 year life span.
My response to reading this article follows.
After spending 14 days ‘hunting’ animals in Kruger park and surrounding private reserves, and taking around 7,000 shots of these animals, I still adore every photo I have taken. We (12 of us in the group) all stated that the animals are the attraction in Africa. Although the countryside provides some great scenery it was animals which drew us to South Africa. I ‘shot’ many of these animals multiple times and not one photo would I discard. I also hope to return to ‘shoot’ more African wildlife one day. Regardless of arguments put forward to the contrary, this writer/tourist would not pay to visit Africa if fauna are eliminated from the equation. This Africa Geographic article is the first positive, pro animal piece I have read since returning from Africa.
To follow the above rant…this is the first in series of leopard shots taken on our second day in Kruger Park. I term it my National Geographic shot. Maybe it should be my Africa Geographic shot? Whatever the case it was moments like these which made our trip so memorable.
Having spent over fifty years breeding sheep I have been known to become irate when organisations such as PETA began negatively commenting on Australian sheep farming practices. I don’t think my comments are negative, however, if I have offended any of my followers or viewers, I apologise. However, as a lover of all animals African I will stand by my comments. The thought of African fauna being eradicated by poaching and/or trophy hunting is akin to not taking care of one’s farm and wondering why it will not produce.