By Victoria Campbell-Gillies
According to Colin Bell, the answer is yes.
I caught up with the wildlife activist on his return to South Africa from Singapore, where he’d been lecturing Asian delegates on the plight of the world’s rhino.
Colin Bell, one of South Africa’s foremost specialists in the wildlife industry explains why rhino will be extinct in 10 years if we don’t act now.
In a new twist to the poaching saga that’s had activists up in arms, Bell says South Africa must ban anything to do with hunting – especially of rhino – which would effectively turn the South African game farming industry on its head.
Asked what he thinks about government’s stance, he says, “I think Edna Molewa is being given incorrect advice from people including vets, game farmers and businessmen who’s thinking and suggestions are no longer valid in a consumer society.”
It’s an astounding statement, but Bell firmly believes South Africa is driving the ivory and rhino horn trade.
ADVICE FROM ASIA
One evening, after a lecture, Bell was taken aside by a prominent Asian official and given some illuminating advice.
The man said: “You are giving Asia mixed messages about South African wildlife. More....