I am shocked and amazed at the vitriolic attacks upon my person and organization. People took it upon themselves to vilify and threaten me with all manner of legal and other actions...

I pointed out that we are part of a collective – i.e. the Sabi Sand and in turn part of the greater Kruger National Park and that we have a stated policy of not intervening in nature unless the cause of suffering was due to humans. It is clear in this case that humans did not cause the animal’s suffering and thus we allowed nature to take its course. It is not clear if the animal is in fact experiencing a miscarriage or whether she is constipated. It is amazing how much is read into a few video clips …

I further indicated that we are not cold-hearted bastards that enjoy animals’ suffering – as a few people indicated, one even saying “you must enjoy your holiday while the poor animal is suffering”. I said that the Sabi Sand ecological committee would meet under the chairmanship of Mr Dave Varty within the hour and come up with a course of action. This was duly done and it was decided that notwithstanding our policy of non-intervention, we as a collective decided to intervene. To this end Dr Roy Bengis of Kruger National Park was asked to dart the animal and ascertain what she is suffering from – this is happening at the moment.
The cost of this course of action is negligible and is not an issue as some seem to think, as part of the collectives I described above, we have contingency plans in place to deal with incidents.

I am disappointed that organizations that purport to look after the welfare of animals could take the course of actions they did, why could they not have contacted me directly last week, instead of harassing my staff? Most of them – three different organizations - were not even interested in allowing me to talk, very one-sided telephone conversations with me in the end merely listening to their ranting.

Our policy of non-intervention is crucial to our management of these reserves and it seems nobody has asked themselves the obvious reductio absurdum that their insistence upon intervention leads to: what if lions kill a buffalo cow with young calf and then not kill that calf, but use it to teach the youngsters how to hunt? Will I be asked to rescue the calf? Is it even necessary to discuss how wrong this intervention would be?
This whole incident has left me cynical about these organizations and what they are actually trying to achieve. The irony is that I agree with them, I do not want to see suffering and I love the nature that is conserved by Djuma, that’s why I have lived here for 20 years! Reasonable, rational approaches are necessary if we are ever going to preserve our national heritage. There are many enemies to conservation, including ourselves and our way of life, we will only win if we can communicate – which means listing as well as talking.
We have nothing to hide as evidenced by the fact that we have been broadcasting live from the bush for over a decade now – visit www.WildEarth.tv to see this in action.

Jurie Moolman