“Life is cheap” in Zimbabwe, “and the lives of animals are cheapest of all.” So says a report in London’s Daily Mail on Saturday August 25, 2007.
Yes, now people are breaking into Zimbabwe’s Game Reserves and killing the last remaining, previously protected wild animals for food. But it’s not just people in need of food who are destroying the last of Zimbabwe’s once rich stock of Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards and a host of other smaller wild animals. Mugabe’s government officially ordered the killing of 100 wild Elephants for an “Independence Day Feast” in April this year. And many licences are being sold to rich “hunters” so they can kill wild animals for trophies from an already dangerously depleted stock of wildlife. Conservationists are in despair, but Mugabe’s Government insists they have a surplus – when everyone can see looming extinction of many species in Zimbabwe.
Having already ravaged privately owned Wildlife Farms (Daily Mail, July 2007) after the Zimbabwe regime confiscated them from their white owners and gave these former havens of safety to his cronies, Mugabe’s Marxist ‘comrades’ are now making money out of the killing in public Game Reserves.
And because they’re unpaid and without rations, Zimbabwe’s Game Rangers (now turned poachers) and the national armed forces are joining in the massacre too. In parts of the country no wildlife is left and it seems inevitable that Zimbabwe will soon be stripped of this once wonderful asset.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s “quiet diplomacy” that the United Nations and western governments are relying on to bring some semblance of order and sense into Zimbabwe has failed. At last week’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, led by South Africa’s President Mbeki, Mugabe was cheered and treated as a Hero by the other African leaders. No wonder Roman Catholic Archbishop Ncube of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe’s second city) is calling for Britain to invade Zimbabwe to restore democracy.
Do the World Council of Churches and other liberals who supported Mugabe and his terrorists during the Rhodesian Civil War now feel their liberal ideals have been vindicated? We all know the communist states have got what they wanted, but what about the media and the Western Governments, who also supported Mugabe? The damage their idealistic views – forced onto people who knew better – is increasingly evident. Not only are African people suffering – now its Africa’s beleaguered wildlife heading into extinction in Zimbabwe thanks to liberal “do gooders”.
Peter Davies was a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.
Learn more at http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com

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