No Relief from Gin traps for SA wildlife.
REPORT ON WILDLIFE FORUM MEETING IN CAPE TOWN ON 11TH JUNE, 2012
Chris Mercer. Campaign against Canned Hunting Inc. (CACH)
Present were the MEC Anton Bredell, Harry Prinsloo and four other members of the farming industry, Justin O’riain, Dr Quinton Martins from Cape Leopard Trust, Annie from Cheetah Outreach, Kas Hamman, Jaco van Deventer and Ernst Baard from Cape Nature, Adri Kitshoff from PHASA, Mick D’Alton from W. Cape Hunters Association, Chris Mercer from CACH, Jenni Trethowan of Baboon Matters and Louise v.d. Merwe and Tozie Zokufa from Humane Education Trust. Notable absentee: Cape SPCA.
Veterinarian Marc Walton was elected Chariman and he chaired the meeting ably.
The farmers’ concerns were expressed at the very outset: they wanted a blanket permit for each farmer to decide for himself how to combat predation in any way he deemed fit, and without any permits.
It was pointed out that this would be unlawful, and Government could not support a lawless free for all.
The gin trap issue sparked frank and lively debate, which lasted three hours.
The conservationist/animal welfare contingent were deeply unhappy about the draft protocol drawn up by Cape