• Elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park (image: Martin Auldist).
    Elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park (image: Martin Auldist).

Zimbabwe to export live elephants

As a postscript to the McGrath non-scandal comes this report from the Portland Press Herald that Zimbabwe plans to export live elephants, despite opposition from wildlife activists. Elephants are overpopulated in Hwange National Park and money raised from the sale of the elephants will be used to meet the on-going running costs of the country's largest park - money that is urgently needed due to sactions against trophy hunting.

Vic duck season off to a flier

Despite predictions of low duck numbers in Victoria, many shooters have been pleasantly surprised with their success on opening morning. According to this report from the Weekly Times, many hunters bagged out in a better than expected start to the season. 

"Lost" protestor "found"

Sticking with the duck season down south and The Age reports that an anti-duck hunting protestor has been found after becoming "lost" at a lake near Geelong. Amazingly the woman was found alive, uninjured and quite OK, walking along a nearby road the following day after Police, SES volunteers and hunters had been searching for her all night.  Really?

PETA attacks small Aussie businesses

Another piece in the Weekly Times this week revealed that animal rights group PETA have been harrassing at least five small businesses over their support of the Ballarat rodeo. They have demanded the shop owners withdraw their support for the event. Thankfully some businesses have dug in their heels.

SSAA Farmer Assist Program to be extended

SSAA's Farmer Assist Program, which matches farmers who have wildlife management problems with accredited sporting shooters, is set to be rolled out across more states following a successful pilot initiative in Queensland, according to this article in Sheep Central.




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