Corrupt African Leadership Continue To Aid In The Destruction Of The Continent

As an avid ani­mal lover, I tried my best to let be a trend­ing sto­ry about a Kentucky wom­an’s slaugh­ter of a South African Giraffe and the sub­se­quent fall­out. Of course, I could­n’t.
But I could­n’t because in the sto­ry are oth­er sto­ries which still per­sist on the African con­ti­nent which are hard­ly any dif­fer­ent than that which exist­ed when our peo­ple were stripped away and sent to the west­ern world as human chat­tel.

The sto­ry involves a Kentucky woman Tess Thompson Talley a big game hunter who post­ed to her social media account, her cel­e­bra­tion of her ]kill] of a ful­ly grown Giraffe.
On her Facebook page, Thompson-Talley wrote,“Prayers for my once in a life­time dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4000 lbs. and was blessed to be able to get 2000 lbs. of meat from him.”\

Many peo­ple includ­ing celebri­ties have come out strong­ly against Talley. One celebri­ty wrote on Twitter quote,“What’s 16 feet tall and has a c**t on the back of its neck?” Actress Debra Messing wrote: “Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a dis­gust­ing, vile, amoral, heart­less, self­ish mur­der­er.”

Look, every human-being is vest­ed with the abil­i­ty to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between wrong and right and so I am con­strained from dis­agree­ing with those who shoot ver­bal darts at Thompson-Talley. After all, there is a cer­tain majesty and awe in all of these won­der­ful crea­tures, it takes a spe­cial kind of retar­da­tion to kill one of these majes­tic crea­tures just to ful­fill a blood­lust.

Beautiful Africa

THE REAL ISSUE

Those who would destroy our eco-sys­tem, and by exten­sion our plan­et deserve every bit of con­dem­na­tion that they receive. Nevertheless, the larg­er ques­tion ought to be, why is Trophy hunt­ing legal in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe?
In 2015 there was anoth­er uproar when Walter Palmer, a Minnesota den­tist was raked over the coals for slaugh­ter­ing Cecil the Lion. On this occa­sion as well, Palmer was well with­in what Zimbabwe’s laws allowed.

Eric and Donald Trump Jr the two sons of US President Donald Trump have also caught flack in 2015 when pho­tos sur­faced of them pos­ing with a dead ele­phant and oth­er ani­mals sev­er­al years ear­li­er.
In as much as ani­mal lovers are jus­ti­fied in their wrath against the mind­less slaugh­ter of these inno­cent ani­mals, the real anger must and should be direct­ed at these African Nations.

The fun­da­men­tal issues which exist­ed in the 15th cen­tu­ry which allowed the enslave­ment of peo­ple and their ulti­mate debase­ment which reduced them to chat­tel are clear­ly still exis­tent on the African con­ti­nent today.
Set aside any protes­ta­tions about the need to thin out cer­tain species of ani­mals on the con­ti­nent. The fact that for­eign­ers are allowed to vis­it any African nation and be allowed to degrade its nat­ur­al resources should be cause for con­dem­na­tion of the cor­rupt lead­er­ship which exist in these coun­tries.

Over the last four hun­dred years, Europeans have plun­dered, raped and pil­laged the rich and var­ied resources which were abun­dant and in many cas­es unique to the African con­ti­nent. Not only have Europeans pil­laged the nat­ur­al resources they have also destroyed and laid des­ti­tute the human resources. As a con­se­quence, the entire con­ti­nent of Africa is now exposed to ram­pant famines, drought, mas­sive out­breaks of dis­ease and is essen­tial­ly a bas­ket case when con­sid­ered against most of the oth­er con­ti­nents.

TANZANIA — MARCH 03: Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Giraffidae, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by DeAgostini/​Getty Images)

In many parts of the con­ti­nent, includ­ing South Africa, and more so in Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe the only thing left oth­er than the impov­er­ished peo­ple, are the pre­cious ani­mals which have man­aged to sur­vive the mur­der­ous onslaught of Europeans and Americans.
Conventional wis­dom would sug­gest that these pre­cious ani­mals would be pro­tect­ed at all cost and a tourism prod­uct devel­oped which includes the show­cas­ing of these majes­tic ani­mals in their nat­ur­al habits where pos­si­ble.

Shockingly, this crop of African lead­ers is no bet­ter than what obtained four hun­dred years ago when Africans aid­ed and abet­ted the sale and enslave­ment, mur­der and oth­er abuse of their fel­low men and the resul­tant geno­cide which has been waged on the con­ti­nent for over four cen­turies.