TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL STOCKS OF ANIMALS TO CHINA- THIS IS HOW CORRUPT MUGABE ARE DOING ILLEGAL “BUSINESS.”
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Article posted by: White Nation correspondent Johannesburg – December 28 2016
UNCONFIRMED reports indicate that last night a Boeing 747-400, Reg RQ-BUU flew into Victoria Falls International Airport – it is there to be loaded with another batch of Zimbabwe’s baby elephants and allegedly then destined to be transported to China. In fact a menagerie of wildlife is said to be going.” …there are 36 baby elephants, 8 lion, 12 hyenas – and baby giraffe”
UPDATE:Dec 25 – Information via Johnny Rodrigues who has also commented in the thread below this post: “Plane just landed in Moscow. These animals -35 of them – have been in the cages since Wednesday .Cruel inhumane another 12 hrs flight to china .Unbelievable”
UPDATE::”The plane landed at Shanghai at eight o clock this morning.”
The Zimbabwean wildlife capture for export to China has met with widespread condemnation throughout the conservation world. The forced separation of young elephants from their herds, no matter how “professionally” conducted – is still an act of mass animal cruelty. Further to decades worth of peer reviewed scientific study and research into elephant behavior it is now known that elephant families are tightly bonded and that this type of activity merely creates PTSD in the elephants and causes the remaining herds to behave disfunctionally.Excuses provided by the regime to justify this capture for export range from the implausible through to the ridiculous, as if capturing baby elephants from Hwange is going to have any effect on reducing the “overburden” of elephants there or reduce the instances of human animal conflict with surrounding areas. If anything this mad act of animal cruelty is likely to spawn more human animal conflict. It’s worrying to note that this scheme for capture and export to China had been aided and abetted by those derelict colonialists who have a vested interest in perpetuating the consumptive sustainability myth.
Owing to the decrepitude of the government and the fact that it is broke and officially rated by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt nations on earth – this is a ‘trade deal’ that has no chance what so ever of being kosher. The bigger picture coming into focus in the backdrop to this export is frankly nothing short of horrendous. I’ve been quoted before as saying that it is probably one of the biggest transnational wildlife crimes ever committed – and knowing Zimbabwe as well as I do and the levels of corruption that are endemic there, I’ll stand by that statement until proven otherwise. Are you kidding me? This is Robert Mugabe’s regime we’re talking about – no deals involving wildlife from Zimbabwe should have even been considered; and especially not by the Chinese government, let alone CITES. For the same risk rating reasons international business is holding off with investment there; corruption and the total lack of transparency. For the same reasons that USFWS placed an elephant trophy importation ban on Zimbabwe in 2014 citing elephant conservation question marks on sustainability – in short, the money does not get ploughed back into the communities or into conservation, but instead is used by Mugabe and his wife for shopping trips to Singapore and Dubai.
China is wrong to not independently investigate every single aspect of this trade, in minute detail – a thorough audit is recommended – because, as stated above, there is no way in hell that this deal is totally kosher. When the dust eventually settles on the Zimbabwe situation, this “trade deal” for elephants and other wildlife is more than likely going to leave egg foo young on everyone’s face. The two main opposition groups in Zimbabwe condemn this capture for export; to quote the MDCT “We are against the translocation of our elephants to strange environments” and ZimPF shares similar views. What will happen to SinoZim relations when Zanu PF no longer holds the reigns of power in the country? Does China really believe that this elephant business is just going to vanish? It will not.
Much more is needed by China than merely rounding up a few delinquent opportunistic Chinese expats who ‘were’ operating in South Africa and ‘were’ involved in rhino horn and ivory issues – and much more is needed than just reigning in a handful of rogue elements of the Chinese expat community in Namibia responsible for allegedly asset stripping an estimated USD$ 60million worth of their ecosystems. Most certainly, the Chinese expat community in Zimbabwe must now be carefully scrutinized as well and all those found to be acting illegally or in a manner that threatens China’s best interests in Africa should be dealt with accordingly. China needs to be reminded of its international obligations to defending the environment and countering international organized crime. Everyone looks forward to China playing its part in promoting accountability and transparency in Africa and in stomping out any organized criminal activity its nationals may be involved in.
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