interracial dating deutsch poll Millions of Americans eat bushmeat. OK, let’s call it wild meat. Or venison. Are ducks venison? One of the most successful conservation organisations in the world is Ducks Unlimited. Many people outside of the United States and Canada have never heard of them, but they have a membership of over 600,000, and in 2020 they generated over $200 million dollars in revenue. These are numbers that make African conservation NGO’s look like amateurs. I’ve never researched an organisation that has such a simple vision and yet achieves more than many established conservation NGO’s:
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lv bovada Abohar And fill the skies they do. They directly conserve over 14 million acres of land across Canada, USA and Mexico and influence policy that contributes to conservation practices on a further 192 million acres. Their members are highly engaged, and they have an army of volunteers giving up their weekends and spare time to help out with conservation practice wherever needed. What is their secret? Could we duplicate this in Africa? I think we can. I’m launching WildMeat Unlimited (Africa), and we’re going to give African venison the place it deserves in our culture and on our menus, whilst conserving millions of hectares of land for wild meat harvesting. We’ll need a different approach from Ducks Unlimited, but in principle, our vision is similar:
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We love eating wild meat in Africa. Just like Americans and Canadians love eating ducks and geese and the French love eating wild boar. Unfortunately, the unregulated nature of the harvest in many African countries means that overharvesting is common and threatens some species with local extinction. This, as usual, has the “SAVE THE XXX” conservationists doing what they do best: demonising the practice of eating wild meat which is a treasured and important part of African culture, encouraging African governments to enforce archaic colonial-era legislation, calling half a continent of people “poachers” and, ultimately failing to have any impact whatsoever on the real problem. Failure has never really been a problem for most conservationists though – they push on regardless, ignoring reality and clustering alone on the moral high ground while imagining a future where all people will think like them. As Africans, we’re tired of it. So how do we make this sustainable? How do we turn demand into a positive outcome for conservation?
The first step is regulation. Bag limits and off-seasons are an integral part of any sustainable use program. Ducks Unlimited’s success is in no small part due to the enforcement of laws that limit offtake and allow ducks and geese to breed without being exploited. So the first thing we need to do is engage with both government and communities to make this a reality. Yes, I know about corruption. Just get on with it. Deal with the corruption when it happens. Devolve ownership of the resource to local communities and much of the corruption will disappear. As WildMeat Unlimited (Africa) we will lobby governments for proper regulation and devolved ownership rights. We’ll even offer to do the law enforcement for them.
The next step is to work closely with local communities. Ducks Unlimited is successful because they are tightly integrated into rural communities. They don’t want to ban agriculture. They work with farmers so that important areas of their farms are managed for waterfowl. They work with banks, industry and dog food manufacturers because many of their members are bankers, businessmen and keep retrievers and other hunting dogs. They have their logo on a racing car at the speedway races in Texas. I can hear the “SAVE THE XXX” conservationists now – shock, horror! Do they support car racing? Do you know what the carbon footprint is of that sport? Why would a conservation organisation put its logo on a racing car? It’s simple. The people who love hunting and eating ducks also love watching car racing. By supporting what your community loves doing instead of demonising it, you win hearts and minds. Ducks Unlimited was not set up to address the environmental issues around speedway racing. They engage with the community at large and focus on wetlands and ducks. At WildMeat Unlimited (Africa) we’ll join with rural communities and support anything that is important to them. Football, local music performances, traditional celebrations, planting and harvesting, funerals and marriages – we’ll be there.
Some species of wild animals carry diseases that can infect humans. Some species of domestic livestock carry diseases that can affect humans. We deal with this in domestic livestock with drugs, vaccination and inspection of carcasses before consumption and cooking the meat properly. We need to deal with the problem in wild animals too if we are to consume the meat safely. Some species seem worse than others, Bats and primates, in particular, carry diseases that infect humans. But the problem is ill-defined and we really don’t know which species are safe to consume and which are not. This needs research, and the results of science need to be backed up by regulations. Some species will have to be banned for human consumption because of the risk of disease transmission, or they will have to be well cooked before they can be consumed or traded. Same as domestic livestock. Don’t eat undercooked chicken – it could make you sick. At WildMeat Unlimited (Africa) we’ll raise funds for research into zoonoses and support regulation, make recommendations and engage with communities to educate them about these dangers. Some people will still get sick. Some people still do when eating chicken or pork, that is not well cooked.
When you take an animal’s life for consumption, it needs to be done ethically, with minimum pain and suffering. At WildMeat Unlimited (Africa) we’ll develop a code of ethics and educate our members about it. We’ll work with local communities to make sure hunting methods meet these conditions. We’ll research local hunting traditions and cultures that pay respect to the animals they kill and we’ll communicate this to all our members. We’ll practice our code of ethics like a badge of honour and anyone found violating the code will be asked to leave the organisation. We’ll have a photo competition for the best wild meat market stall, and a range of hats and caps with our name and code of ethics printed on them. We’ll engage the youth; we’ll have an annual WildMeat Unlimited (Africa) conference where we discuss habitat restoration, hunting practices, culture, and tradition. We will eat zebra carpaccio, wildebeest chops, duiker legs stewed in gravy and African pouched rat roasted on a bed of rice.
Landscape-scale habitat management will be the primary goal of WildMeat Unlimited (Africa). We will sign public-private partnership agreements with government and communities to manage vast areas for wild meat production. People will live on the land and farm like they always have, herd their livestock and maintain their traditions, but in compliance with an interactive GIS-based land-use plan that allocates zones for certain activities. We will deal with human-wildlife conflict by making people come first and harvesting problem animals for consumption or trade. Using mobile technology we’ll develop an app that enables members to connect with what we are doing, send us data and communicate violations of the regulations around bag limits and offtake seasons.
Does anyone know a friendly billionaire who can help get this off the ground? Leave his/her name in the comments section please. I’ll be in touch. 🙂