WATCH: Ramaphosa accused of profiting from raising and selling animals for trophy hunting

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By TBEN Reporter 13 min ago

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Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has been accused of raising and selling animals for slaughter and killing at his Phala Phala wild animal breeding facility.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a US nonprofit animal rights organization, said in a statement Friday that a secret investigation revealed that Ramaphosa also has a stake in a hunting company called Tsala. Hunting Safaris.

PETA, which opposes the idea that animals are nothing more than trophies or commodities, says Ramaphosa and his employees have gone to great lengths to hide from the public his trophy hunting ties with this ` “ colonial blood sport ”.

No leopard hunting permits are issued by environmental authorities in South Africa, but Tsala Hunting Safaris still organize leopard hunts in Namibia and Mozambique, PETA has alleged. Tsala also organizes hunts for 42 different species, including the “ Big Five, ” PETA said.

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PETA has revealed, through a secret investigation, that President Cyril Ramaphosa not only breeds and sells animals for slaughter and slaughter at his Phala Phala wildlife breeding establishment, but also owns shares in a hunting company called Tsala Hunting Safaris, ” the statement read. .

This company conducts many of its hunts on a property called Diepdrift, which Ramaphosa owns and is quietly developing and expanding. There, as well as on partner properties, Tsala can organize hunts of 42 different species, including the “Big Five”: leopards, elephants, lions, rhinos and buffaloes.

Ramaphosa and his employees went to great lengths to keep his trophy hunting ties hidden from the public. PETA US has recorded conversations in which his managers, Hendrik Von Wielligh and Rouan Nel, admit that he shares equally in the profits of all of Tsala’s hunts and spoke of the importance of hiding his involvement.

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“One said, ‘We’re trying to keep the president’s name out of the chase because… of all the greenies…. So he wants to spare himself that, how to put it, bad publicity and all that. So… we have to do it under a different brand, where none of my name or his name is linked…. That is why we will always keep Phala Phala and Diepdrift and Tsala Safaris separate from our Phala Phala brand. ”

Jason Baker, senior vice president of international campaigns at PETA, said: “ The secrecy surrounding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment in trophy hunting operations, fueled by his breeding, speaks to the immorality and the non -durability of this sport of colonial blood.

South Africans should be aware that the president benefits directly from the hunting of the country’s most revered and iconic species.

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In South Africa, animals – including elephants – can come out of an unfenced national park where they are protected and be slaughtered as soon as they cross that invisible border.

PETA is campaigning for all trophy hunting to be banned – including ‘Big Five’ hunting – and calls for it to be stopped at least on properties around parks, where hunting and tour guides communicate between them in order to prevent tourists from seeing recent victims.

“ It’s a total scam: tourists may think their money is helping animals, but the ‘protected’ animals they saw on their safari could be killed the next day. ”

In 2018, Ramaphosa sold one buffalo for R4.1 million at the Stud Game Breeders auction in Limpopo, with two more totaling R5.9 million.

Repeated attempts to get comments from the presidency have failed.

TBEN

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