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Roger GowerRoger was employed by the Friedkin Fund aka the Friedkin Conservation Fund. That organization surely does good work in Tanzania in terms of “assisting” local authorities with their antipoaching activities.

But a Tanzanian academic at the University of Dar es Salaam had this to say:

“What is Friedkin Conservation Fund? Thomas Friedkin started a game hunting company in Botswana in 1972. In 1989, he chose to hunt in Tanzania and after purchasing a preserve there, began Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris (TGTS). TGTS make profits by selling game hunting for fun trips. The company "returns some profits [from killing animals and donations] through the Friedkin Conservation Fund, a non-governmental organization established in 1994."

Trophy hunters and all the Friedkins of this world think, with their heads on the ground and feet in the air, that by killing elephants for fun they are helping preserve elephants.

It is not only elephants that the trophy hunting industry kills. They also illegally bait and kill lions.”

But now here comes the real sting -

Thomas Friedkin seemed close enough to the former President of Tanzania to have allegedly been issued a “Presidential Permit” to hunt a total of 704 animals for Friedkin’s friends and family in 2014. A Presidential Permit is issued in excess of any quotas assigned to hunters by the wildlife authorities, comes without the necessity of any trophy fee payments, and can only be issued under highly controlled circumstances including scientific research, educational purposes, and feeding starving people. The animals on the Friedkin family permit include 8 elephants as well as lions, leopards, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, jackals, impalas, wildebeests, porcupines, roan antelopes and klipspringers.

This permit was revealed by Tanzanian weekly newspaper Raia Mwema that appears to have a copy of the Presidential Permit.

So on the one hand, the Friedkin organization projects a public image to be engaged in antipoaching activities while allegedly being handed special quotas by the former President to hunt for their own enjoyment? And running at least one commercial trophy hunting company?

Perhaps Raia Mwema and Mr Navaya ole Ndaskoi overstated their cases. Let’s hear from the Friedkin Conservation Fund and Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris?

Picture credit:  thetimes.co.uk 

Posted by Chris Macsween at 17:31

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