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« on: June 13, 2019, 08:10:53 AM »

Decided to start a new thread in which to post news articles that may be of interest, and may justify brief discussion but not necessarily entire threads. Here are two:

https://www.news24.com/World/News/china-tightens-rules-on-genetic-research-after-designer-baby-scandal-20190612

I well remember when the first "test tube baby" was also something of a controversy. Today's scandal may well be tomorrow's standard practice.

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/zimbabwe-demands-right-to-sell-300m-of-ivory-to-fund-game-reserves-20190611

Good for Zimbabwe! Of course, in practice they'll probably use the money to finance a new luxury car fleet for government ministers, but in principle the idea is sound. Is it perhaps time for southern African countries to simply walk out of CITES? There is no point if the organization has been taken over by animal rights nuts. In the meantime, all those elephants are causing absolute devastation to ecosystems and local communities alike...
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 06:48:04 AM »

Hier gaat ons al weer - diereregtegroepe wat hulself suksesvol as bewaringsorganisasies voordoen:

https://www.vryeweekblad.com/nuus-en-politiek/2019-06-13-bewaring-wanneer-olifant-politiek-swaarder-weeg-as-wetenskaplike-feite/

En dit nogal in Vrye Weekblad, kwansuis 'n nuusblad wat ondersoekende joernalistiek voorop stel. Ook maar bly ek het nie ingeskryf nie...
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 14:00:44 PM »

Hier gaat ons al weer - diereregtegroepe wat hulself suksesvol as bewaringsorganisasies voordoen:

https://www.vryeweekblad.com/nuus-en-politiek/2019-06-13-bewaring-wanneer-olifant-politiek-swaarder-weeg-as-wetenskaplike-feite/

En dit nogal in Vrye Weekblad, kwansuis 'n nuusblad wat ondersoekende joernalistiek voorop stel. Ook maar bly ek het nie ingeskryf nie...

Daar is nou net 'n groep mense wat dink hulle kan goed "verbied", in omtrent elke sfeer van die lewe. Maar jy kan niks waarlik "verbied" nie. Straf, kan jy. Maar net soos baie mense elke jaar vermoor word is daar geen verbod op enigiets wat al ooit 100% gewerk het nie. Iets wat sulke dwase NIE KAN VERSTAAN NIE: Hulle wil, spreekwoordelik, is nie wet nie. En net soos enige ander verbod kom hierdie ene ook met allerhande lekker by-probleme soos dat dit die prys van ivoor die hoogtes in jaag, jy moet olifante oppas met mini-weermagte, waar jy wel slaag kan die populasie nie beheer word nie... ens... Maak my mal. Nie net in hierdie geval nie, in omtrent elke ander geval... Van ons polisie wat dink hulle kan dronk bestuur bestry deur laër limiete in te stel.... so asof die gevaar persone ooit gehou het by die bestaande limiet...

En die probleem is die waarheid, daar is nou net mense wat sukkel om dit waar te neem. Of, sal ek sê, dalk mense wat 'n probleem het met "messy reality". Ek dink hulle kannie "cope" met 'n wereld wat nie perfek is nie. Enige oplossing wat nie 100% is nie, is vir hulle bog. "Facts be damned".
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 16:48:34 PM »

Ja, kyk nou bv. die boodskap wat ek van die plaaslike DA af kry, wat verslag doen oor polisie-optrede teen misdaad. Ek haal aan:

"Among the 552 people that were arrested during the operation, 369 people were arrested for possession of drugs and 174 were illegal immigrants."


Mooi so. Uit 552 arrestasies, net 9 wat nie slagofferlose "misdaad" was nie. Geen wonder ons kry die regte misdadigers nie onder beheer nie. En in plaas van om die donnerse politikus in die straat uit te sleep en te skiet, word sy oorval deur gelukwensinge.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 14:14:08 PM »

Read and weep: animal rightists, in cahoots with CITES, are loving the tiger to death:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/wildlife-watch-news-captive-tiger-farms-trafficking-investigation-vietnam-laos/

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