Monday, January 30, 2012

Dianne Olds Rossi


Anonymous said...

I was looking at a copy of Betty White's zoo book yesterday. She has a picture of the LA Zoo's first okapi acquired in 2005, and one of their director from the 1970s who she says assisted in the first zoo birth of a gorilla in Columbus. There's also a picture of Betty White herself kissing a giraffe on the lips in my old stomping ground of the Cleveland Zoo. Did you see the 60 Minutes story about the canned hunting in Texas of scimitar horned oryx and other antelope which are extinct in the wild? Have you ever seen a picture of a three horned rhinoceros? Sincerely Paul

Wade G. Burck said...

Yes, I did see the 60 Minutes story. I have always interpreted a "canned hunt" as an animal raised in a cage and released into a small controlled area to be dispatched(I would say killed if I wanted to shock, or murdered if I wanted to elicit sympathy.) I don't interpret a large thousands of acres "game ranch" as being a cage although a controlled area, just as I also don't interpret a "wild life preserve" in Africa as being a cage although a controlled area, and thus not the natural "born free/run Bambi run environment that bleeders claim is Nirvana for animals. It is a lot more difficult and expensive to keep an animal from extinction in the wild, then to keep them from extinction in captivity. Again I suggest if you want to keep rhino's from being poached for their horn and thus eventual extinction, "ranch raise" them, remove the horns and sell them. Better yet to generate revenue, permit hunting of them, with the stipulation that the horns are the ranch's property, and fiberglass replica's similar to a fish mount will replace them on the mount so your trophy looks sharp hanging on the wall. Nothing wrong with dispatching a scimitar horned oryx or other antelope in "ranch/preserve situation. They aren't extinct there, and we can retain the romantic, although not realistic fantasy of genetic material preserved forever for the eventual release back into their native environment.
Three horned rhinoceros bettle? Yes. Three horned Indian, Sumatran, Javan, White, Black rhino? No. But a three horned rhino sounds like a win/win situation. Remove one horn for sale, retaining two horns, thus keeping the photo tourists happy.