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INVESTIGATION: South African President Profits From Secret Trophy Hunting Investments

President Ramaphosa, who owns 50% of Tsala Hunting Safaris, routinely organizes elephant hunts through Wayne Wagner Safaris on properties of the Greater Kruger Conservancy.

PETA: Secret investigation has uncovered South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hidden connections and investments in the trophy hunting industry… and obtained video footage of an American trophy hunter who repeatedly shoots a young elephant just outside Kruger National Park… Footage reveals that Ramaphosa is quietly developing and expanding a trophy hunting property called Diepdrift—stocking it with animals from his own wildlife breeding operation, Phala Phala—and that he owns a 50% stake in Tsala Hunting Safaris. In other words, far from “conserving” wildlife, wild animals are bred specifically to be killed for trophies. PETA recorded conversations in which Ramaphosa’s managers admitted that he shares equally in the profits from all hunts conducted through Tsala and spoke of the importance of concealing his involvement…

President Ramaphosa’s Tsala Hunting Safaris routinely organizes elephant hunts through Wayne Wagner Safaris on properties of the Greater Kruger Conservancy. PETA obtained video footage of an American trophy hunter attempting to gun down a curious young elephant who had peacefully ambled out of the bush on one of the hunts on these properties. The hunter takes his first shot, and the elephant falls to his knees and looks straight at the hunting party. He continues to suffer as the American — who paid $30,000 for this sick thrill — takes his time…

The American hunter killed the elephant just outside the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa where no hunting is allowed. There are no fences, by design, so animals who inadvertently cross the boundary from the park to the reserve are no longer protected. Hunters’ guides often wait for this to happen or track the movements of the elephants in the park so that they will know exactly when the animals are unwittingly putting themselves in harm’s way… PETA has filed a request for an investigation  into whether the prolonged death of the elephant shown in the video constitutes a cruelty-to-animals violation of the South African hunting permit…

Trophy hunters and others who make a living selling hunting trips and accessories like to claim that they kill animals in the name of “conservation” or, patronizingly, to support “natives”—but as this just-breaking PETA video shows, hunting has nothing to do with respecting wildlife and everything to do with taking sadistic pleasure in needlessly taking life… Trophy hunters pay thousands of dollars to shoot animals, including antelopes, baboons, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, and zebras, through Tsala Hunting Safaris… All animals are beloved by their own mates and offspring, but to hunters they are only the sum of their body parts, seen simply as living targets to kill, decapitate, and display on the wall. You can help wild animals by demanding an end to trophy hunting. SOURCE…

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