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I celebrated my 69th birthday recently and have been touched by how many people remembered and called and emailed to wish me. Wonderful to be remembered, especially at an age

WWF – Its True Colours

Since my expulsion as a 30 year member and 20 year trustee of WWF Southern Africa for the crime of being a hunter, the controversy surrounding this matter will not

Why Men Trophy Hunt by Messrs Darimont, Codding and Hawke

Did you know that the reason you hunted was solely to boast about it – ‘signalling’ is the word used in the above article – the size of the animals

Opposition to the Fair Chase Guild

Fair Chase Guild Membership Documentation I was a teenager when I first came across the phenomenon. My favourite cousin’s husband was doing his internship at Grootte Schuur hospital. I admired

South African Hunting Statistics for 2015 – Some Observations

I received the South African 2015 hunting statistics this week and was delighted to see that, after five years of steady decline – we reached our peak number of overseas

“Expelled” from WWF South Africa – continued

I received a copy of the WWF South Africa Constitution three days ago. I was in for an unpleasant surprise. Clause 8.2 states as follows: ‘The Board may at any

“Expelled” from WWF South Africa

In the last month I have become the poster child for Survival International in what appears to be a nasty internecine fight between them and WWF. I had never heard

Lies, Bloody Lies and Surveys – Game Numbers

English Translation: “Unbelievable! One dog gives birth to 11 subspecies in one day.” In recent days, two surveys have been brought to my attention which make sweeping and major statements

Lies, Bloody Lies and Surveys – Colour Variants 3

To be honest, there is so much twaddle written on this subject by so many people that should and often do know better that I normally ignore most of it

Colour Variants and Canned Killing – The Namibian Policy

Last night my attention was drawn to a speech by Namibia’s Minister of the Environment and Tourism at the NAPHA AGM last week and I thought it so important that

Speech: Colour Variants and Canned Killing

Three weeks ago I received an invitation from the Department of Environmental Affairs to present a paper to the SECOND NATIONAL DIALOGUE WORKSHOP ON THE INTENSIVE AND SELECTIVE BREEDING OF

Public Relations and Hunting

I have never received a greater response than I did to my blog, “Amateur Hunting Bodies Have Failed Their Members” both in number and the emphatic views expressed, only a

From Barbara Crown, publisher of The Hunting Report

In Response to blog post: Amateur hunting bodies have failed their members Dear Peter, Do you feel like Casandra from the Greek myths? I know I do. Read your blog

Amateur hunting bodies have failed their members

For 25 years my job was to help save failing organisations. A key part of the rehabilitation process was to ensure they had properly funded, professionally managed public relations strategic

Some Erudite Alternative Views

Here are some negative comments I have received recently via Facebook and email: Date: 30 July 2015 From: Shauna Carroll Email: slc2106@gmail.com Comment: You are everything that is wrong with

PHASA President Calls for a Review of Lion Hunting

I received the Press Release set out below directly from PHASA on Friday last week: PHASA President Calls for a Review of Lion Hunting Pretoria, 24 July 2015 – Hermann

Submission to Panel of Experts into South Africa’s comprehensive integrated approach to reduce rhino poaching

14/07/0215 | The following article was sent to me by the CEO of SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, Fred Campher, for comment: NEWS24 | R440m spent but rhinos still

High Game Prices = Major Conservation Reward

The article below, written by Mr Barry York, an intensive breeder of golden wildebeest, was sent to me for reply by Andre Degeorges, an American who has worked extensively in

Intensive Breeders Sense of Humour Failures

In the March/April issue of African Outfitter (AO), arguably the best hunting magazine currently published in Africa, the half page advert set out below by Take Aim Safaris (TAS) was

Article in Rapport Sunday Newspaper – Death knell for hunting? Artificial breeding of game “damages SA’s reputation as an eco-destination”

The headline article in the business section of yesterday’s main South African Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, Rapport (3 May 2015), was entitled Doodskoot vir jag? Kunsmatige teel van wild “skaad SA

“Shopping and Shooting versus Hunting”*

Canned Killings and other Unnatural Behaviour in the Game Ranching Industry II In January this year, the Boone & Crockett Club, the foremost hunting association in North America, came out

Game ranchers are the wrong target

See Peter Flack’s response below. Kicker: It is unfair to target game farming as an “economic bubble”. This industry creates jobs and makes a very healthy contribution to the economy.

Rhino in Crisis – Blueprint For Survival

I attended the Cape Town premiere of the 90 minute documentary, “Rhino in Crisis – Blueprint for Survival” produced by the Conservation Imperative, a group of conservationists primarily from KwaZulu-Natal.

Eulogy of Opportunities Missed

By: Paul Stones, a member of the SAMPEO Group, South Africa’s most professional and experienced outfitters. Websites: South African Outfitters | Paul Stones Safaris Africa How many times has it

Pyramid Schemes and the Breeding and Manipulation of Colour Variants and other Unnatural Freaks

What do Pyramid Schemes and the latest trend of intensively breeding and manipulating new colour variants and other unnatural freakish animals have in common with one another? Pyramid Schemes are

Canned Killings and other Unnatural Behaviour in the Game Ranching Industry

Why do I and my amateur and professional hunting friends detest the increasing number of incidents involving the killing of canned or put-and-take animals? Why do we also dislike so

History of Hunting Article Published in Financial Mail

On 17 March I was called by Stafford Thomas, a feature writer at the Financial Mail, South Africa’s foremost weekly business magazine, to discuss the issue of canned lion killings

History of Hunting Article Published in Fairlady

In January this year I was contacted by Robyn Maclarty, a feature writer from Fairlady magazine, one of, if not the, most popular and well established woman’s magazines in South

Wildlife Matters 2

Over a dozen years ago, I attended the SCI Convention at which Zambian officials were also present promoting hunting in their country, when, without sufficient notice to or consultation with

Shooting Or Hunting: What Is It To Be?

By Gerhard Damm And Peter Flack More than a decade ago, representatives and leadership of organized professional hunting in South Africa condemned the practice of shooting canned lions in the

Canned Lion Killing Interview for SBS TV Australia

Watch interview below: Beneath is set out the lengthy question and answer session filmed in South Africa for the above TV program, of which less than 30 seconds was actually

SA Hunters Speech

If you had told me when I was growing up that, one day, I would be asked to make the keynote address at the annual dinner of the South African

Hunting endangered animals

Question: I noticed on Iziko Museums’ facebook page a few people were protesting against an apparent exhibition of your hunting trophies. So I googled your name and discovered that you’re

Game price stampede

By  Stafford Thomas, Financial Mail, 16 August 2013 SA’S wildlife industry is seeing a boom in prices paid for superior breeding animals — but it is a boom subject to deeply divided

The legalisation of rhino horn trading

Cape Times – 9 July 2013 I read the articles by Melanie Gosling and Tony Weaver on the legalisation of rhinoceros horn trade in the Cape Times on Friday 5

The Elephant in the Room

A debate entitled, The Elephant in the Room: The ethics of collecting natural history specimens and their role in today’s society, was hosted by the Iziko South African Museum in

Time to preserve game?

Question: I respect your charter in favour of respectful hunting but can you explain to me why why I find it disgusting to see all these dead animals, notably the

Why do I hunt?

I received an unpleasant surprise concerning some of the responses to the donation of the some 300 mounted animals from my museum on our old game ranch to the Iziko

Letter to hunters

In May last year I was asked to organise a meeting of the major South African hunting bodies to discuss public relations and how necessary I believe it is for

Wildlife Matters

About a dozen years ago, Colin Bell, the then CEO of Wilderness Safaris, an exclusive, luxury photographic safari business catering to the very wealthy, told me and the other guests

Package for you! Wonder what it can be?

English Translation Package for you! Wonder what it can be? A mounted rain forest elephant being delivered yesterday at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town. It is one