Canned lions – the IUCN decides

On September 2nd [2016] the IUCN passed the motion to terminate captive-bred lion hunting in South Africa. The motion requests the prohibition of the hunting of captive-bred lions [by 2020]. The motion also states that the breeding of lions be conducted at registered zoos / facilities demonstrating a clear conservation value only. The South African Government's response to the motion is best described as muted. Albi Modise, chief director of communications for the ...

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Driving grouse…

The Glorious Twelfth [12th of August] celebrates the opening day of the Red Grouse [Lagopus lagopus scotica] shooting season. Most of the shooting takes place on grouse moors in upland Britain. Grouse moors are areas of managed habitat characterised by heather & other low-growing vegetation for the purposes of shooting grouse. The season runs from the 12th of August to the 10th of December annually. In its driven form [DGS - driven grouse shooting] beaters are employed to ...

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Searching for relevance

We live in a strange world and quite often in the shallow-end of the Sea of Mediocrity. Keeping head above water is a constant near-drowning for social relevance; a self-imposed line-in-the-sand - the fountain of ALL happiness & modern success. Perversely it's a demeaning, life-whisper that buoys us on to greater feats of triviality; more obsessive consumption and the accumulation of material wealth against which we're measured in envy's currency. Searching for relevance, at its most ...

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Change?

Most Leadership Consultants / Self-Help Gurus premise their inspiration on CHANGE. Change who you are; what you do; how you do it .. & so on. The thing is that's simplistic, at best, misleading, most times, particularly in the business space. Here's what you're not told. If you're not 're-birthed' then most of the 'changes' you implement are a window-display of who you are anyway under different stimulation / motivation & nothing ...

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#Wild@heart

  An orange hue builds on dawn's horizon & commences battle with the reflection on the cool sands behind me. It's a warm glow; an elixir - another day. The promise holds the glint as I find myself contemplating life's finer things; a prioritized, orderly list of things - good things mostly. From this singing dune of sands is the quiet perspective we need to recharge, refocus and reassign the trivialities ...

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Rhino horn – an open letter

  Dear Mr Hume To be clear - I have no association with commercial wildlife farming / ranching. I’m not a veterinarian, a scientist, government official, lobbyist, affiliated to a NGO or a member of any APU-unit. I’m also not involved in conservation unless of course you wish to include donations to various conservation bodies. I am, however, a South African, proudly so. Each sunrise still holds promise for a brighter future. My ...

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Mustang Sally…

Orion's Magoebaskloof Hotel is the quintessential weekend getaway reserved usually for stressed city-slickers and jaded politicians alike. Quietly charming and mystical when the mist rolls in, this aesthetically appealing country-hotel is accustomed to lifelong guest- loyalty. Evidence that Orion is taking its management responsibilities seriously is obvious everywhere. The facility is spotlessly clean, the decor is tasteful and the accommodation well-appointed. The staff is well trained, courteous and functionally competent. Whilst not ...

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Health hydro – WTF?

Where's the fridge? [in case you were wondering] I'm not a 'hydro' fundi by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, just the thought of forcibly eating micro doses of vegan for a day or two puts me in a protein-deprived state of nausea... What people see in these 'houses of health-pantomime' is beyond me. If you like decadence get a manicure and a head-massage an hour or two before lunch at ...

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Mustard with that dog?

To my farm late yesterday I travelled. Who knows what I'd find?   Frenzied yapping should have stopped the chore; and I should have shut the garage-door. That's true but now a distant nag away ... I should not have used the Range Rover either; but I did ... & just for fun.   The dachshunds should have stayed in town! Instead they joined me 'for a run'. Flappy-eared & tongues triumphant, those two came to heel. I know them well. These dogs were ...

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Mall in the mirror

Carry a pair of binoculars, on an early morning walk, out in the countryside & most everybody else finds you eccentric-enough to pity. As an outdoorsman [sans the khaki, wide-brimmed hats & unkempt hair, just in case you were wondering.] I've been the subject of derisive curiosity often enough to know what simple-folk think we haven't learnt. We're considered peculiar; touched by too many suns on those hat-less days when we ...

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