Melissa Bachman is a symbol of everything that is wrong in South African conservation.
Let’s forget the cruelty for a moment. Let’s also forget that the killer is a celebrity TV presenter. Let’s just focus on the consequences of her kill, and particularly on these two questions:
How does killing lions save them?
How does captive breeding of lions contribute to conservation?
Money! say the hunters, the lion farmers, the taxidermists, and the gun manufacturers.
Money! Money! Money! says the S.A. Government. It is Big money – but it does not go to real conservation, which is the preservation of natural functioning ecosystems. It goes in to more and more hunting farms.
So Melissa Bachman proves that conservation has been monetised. Like the shadow banking system that nearly brought the world’s financial system crashing down in 2008, wildlife has become securitised: sliced, diced and turned into AAA tranches for Asian Crime Syndicates.
We now have a shadow conservation system. In this new system, Africa is not a lady to be treated with love and respect. Africa has been turned into a whore who has to be raped.
Anyone who speaks out against the rape of African wildlife is labelled a racist, a radical, an extremist – even a terrorist.
Those who participate in the gang rape are labelled responsible, conservationists.
It gets worse.
Now there are degrees of rape, which are called sustainable use. Rapists are not supposed to gang rape Mother Africa to death. She must be left alive so that they can come back and gang rape her again next year.
Now we can place Melissa Bachman in a conservation context: More....