The Rise of the Eco-Greenshirts

BY JOHN NASH On the 15th of January, The Guardian, hardly noted for being a hotbed of right wing hubris, ran an article about scientists’ concerns that UK celebrity power is undermining global conservation efforts. In the article, reference is made to a meeting in parliament hosted by the Campaign to ban trophy hunting (CBTH) attended by activists, politicians and the media.  The CBTH is … Continue reading The Rise of the Eco-Greenshirts

The Folly of Animal Rights

BY JOHN NASH A cat tortures a mouse for half an hour until death stills a tiny heart, then it walks away unconcerned, leaving the sorry little corpse.  A sparrow hawk, spectacular, fierce-eyed gunship of the bird world, swoops upon a tiny bird and plucks it alive while it struggles, skewered in agony upon the hawk’s scimitar talons. These are daily events, but neither cruel nor … Continue reading The Folly of Animal Rights

A Funny Old Game

BY JOHN NASH Hunting regularly comes under fire from supporters of animal rights, vegetarianism and folks who are concerned with ecological extinction.  The heaviest fire directed at trophy hunting in Africa, replete with visions of Victorian Rider Haggard types in pith helmets blasting African animals in all directions. Talk about barking up the wrong tree.  Modern Africa is very different. Most trophy hunters go to South Africa, … Continue reading A Funny Old Game