Newsletter – April 2020

It’s very unusual for me to produce two Newsletters so close to one another but one of my closest friends unexpectedly contracting inoperable, fourth stage, lung cancer has prompted me

Newsletter – January 2020

A belated Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you have enjoyed a peaceful, restful and memorable festive season with family and friends. I know I have. I

The Bastardising of Wildlife

I don’t think I have ever been this saddened and disheartened about hunting and conservation in South Africa. Last week someone WhatsApped me from Israel and asked, “Did you see

Newsletter – March 2019

It is almost two years to the day that I hunted my last animal, a Lord Derby’s eland in Cameroon. Along with me admitting that, in my 70th year, this

Why can hunters and animal rightists seemingly never agree?

The question is a perplexing one. Why, if hunters and animal rightists are both passionate about wildlife and wildlife habitat, are they seemingly always at loggerheads? This question, of course,

Does Trophy Hunting Really Benefit Conservation and Local Communities?

The answer to this question is a resounding and unequivocal, YES. At the risk of boring the reader with facts and figures as opposed to emotion and innuendo, let me

Kruger Park Lion Debate: Animal rights activists are just plain wrong

Referenced Articles: Kruger Lions: Who really cares about conservation? by Peter Flack Kruger Lions: Hunting for Skye and the truth By Smaragda Louw and Michele Pickover At the risk of

Pinnock vs Vegter

Sir, I refer to the recent articles by Messrs Vegter and Pinnock on the conservation of rhinoceroses and elephants. Referenced Articles: Don Pinnock: Calling out Ivo Vegter’s fractious fulminations Ivo

Conservation on the Continent

Last weekend, at a family wedding in Montagu, I was accosted by a proud father who told me his son had been chosen to give the class address at his

Newsletter – June 2018

A few weeks ago I read a column in the Daily Maverick – an eNewspaper with a significant circulation in South Africa – written by an ardent animal rightist, Ian