Saturday, 10 March 2007

I am appalled!

I just received the most shocking and heartbreaking information from Zimbabwe that I want to share with you.

It would appear that the government run National Parks Department has decided to open a new commercial crocodile farm along the shores of the Kariba Dam. They plan, so I am informed, to start a 'cull' programme of the elephant population in order to feed these crocodiles. The numbers they have in mind are 50-100 elephants a YEAR! The letter I received states that the elephant population in Kariba can not support this sort of destruction.

I am appalled that these magnificent animals are being put under threat. They have occupied this area for centuries and have always been considered to be 'part of the family' by the residents of Kariba. They are used to tourists and residents and cause very little damage or harm to the human population of the area - almost being considered tame by the residents!

Are they to become yet another casualty of Robert Mugabe's money grabbing, tyranical dictatorship? With the 'muzzling' of the foreign press in Zimbabwe, this story will only find a voice if people like you, who are reading this, pass it on and use any contacts you have to alert the International Community to this disaster in the making!

Thank you for taking the time to care :)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jayne,

That is an appalling situation. The Brit had a post on it. Would that the world was a saner place.

the Grit

Anonymous said...

Hi Jayne,

Just checking to see if you are OK.

the Grit

Jayne :) said...

Hi Grit

Thanks for the concern :)

I have been rather busy with horsey stuff but still no excuse for not updating my Blog!

In fact, I've also been researching this next blog topic - rather a scary topic!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jayne,

Glad to hear it! I'm off to read your new post, quickly, as my wife is ready for the evening meal ;)

the Grit

Anonymous said...

Wish I could help. Could you start an 'Adopt an Elephant' programme internationally to draw attention ot Mugabwe's further destruction.

What does he plan to do with a crocodile farm anyway. The skins are banned in most parts of the world.

Jayne :) said...

I think that's a great idea - I'll pass it on the the guy running the 'Save the Kariba Elephants' campaign. :)

Crocodile products used to be a great tourist money making prospect - seeing as there are hardly ANY tourists visiting the country any more due to Mugabe's aggressive and unfriendly attitude to Western countries, seems like another one of those stupid ideas that hasn't been thought out very well!

Really appreciate your support!

Sand said...

Hi Jayne. Glad the grad ceremony went wellsandandshore