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Serengeti trophy hunters against the Masai

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« on: November 25, 2014, 23:30 PM »

As you were talking about trophy hunting, I thought you'd want to see this and perhaps sign. http://action.sumofus.org/a/serengeti-land-grab/?sub=homepage

"The Tanzanian government plans to kick 40,000 Maasai people off their ancestral land to make way for a luxury big game hunting reserve. A section of the famous Serengeti plains, which teems with lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo, is to be sold to a Dubai-based company, the Ortelo Business Corporation, for a commercial hunting ground.

The Tanzanian government has been forced to back down once before -- last year, after massive local and international opposition to the plan, Tanzania's president promised the Maasai they could stay on their lands. Now the government has made a sudden u-turn, and told them the deal is back on and they must leave their ancestral territory by the end of this year."

The latest news is that the President says they can stay, but it's still in the balance. I read Joseph Kessel's Le lion / The Lion when it was first published and i was the same age as Patricia in the heart-breaking story - the Maasai are añlmost as wondeful as the lions and now they're becoming protectors instead of hunters of the beasts: http://www.earthnewsonline.org/masai-warriors-turn-from-killing-to-protecting-lions/

« Last Edit: November 25, 2014, 23:33 PM by Waste-Dweller »