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Chinese eat up Zimbabwe’s endangered wildlife
globalpost.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Erin Conway-Smith

Posted on 04/12/2012 10:30:28 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Chinese workers in Zimbabwe are buying up the local wildlife for dinner, feasting on endangered tortoises, pythons, leopards — and even village dogs.

Viewed as prestigious dishes, they would be expensive to serve at banquets back in China. But in Zimbabwe they are relatively cheap. Worse yet, in this cash-strapped country there’s a lack of resources to thwart the appetite for endangered game, conservation groups say.

China is investing significantly in mining, agriculture and construction, and its companies bring along thousands of workers.

Where there are Chinese in Africa, illegal trade in rare animals inevitably increases, according to experts. In Kenya, elephant poaching rose sharply along roads built by Chinese construction crews, and markets in Ethiopia cater to the Chinese demand for ivory chopsticks and other illicit souvenirs.

One recent case in Zimbabwe involved the gruesome discovery of meat and skeletal remains of 40 tortoises, during a raid on Chinese workers' homes in Masvingo province. The endangered Bell’s Hinged tortoises had been dropped into boiling water while still alive in order to separate the meat from the shell, police and animal welfare officials said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; africa; china; chinese; lawless; stealingresources; zimbabwe

1 posted on 04/12/2012 10:30:31 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
To all Chinese in Zimbabwe:

I hear that the darker Zim natives taste like chicken...and are easier to catch.

2 posted on 04/12/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Elections have consequences....)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve been to East Africa as well as southern Africa and am a huge supporter of saving their wildlife (and no,I’m not “animal rights”).Leave it to the Chinese to do this.They live in a huge cesspool themselves but that’s not enough...they have to destroy far off lands.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 10:41:17 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; LMAO; ...

China invests in China. If there is no $$$ or natural resources in it for them (+potential customers) they are not interested in that other country.

The US invests in war torn hell-holes asking nothing in return from the people that hate us there and eventually abandoning them anyway after spending lots of $$$.

Which strategy you think will pay off the most in the long run?


4 posted on 04/12/2012 10:45:35 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : "I will just make insurance companies give you health care for 'free, What Mandates??' ")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I knew dogs would be in there somewhere.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 10:48:19 AM PDT by mtg
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To: Free ThinkerNY

mmmmm.....Zebra Lo Mein......


6 posted on 04/12/2012 10:55:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Gay State Conservative

I agree, I am a supporter as well. It urks me when Freepers thing it’s funny to come into threads like this and make jokes about Bar B Q elephants or whatever. As being a conservative means you have to support reckless destruction.
I think a balance is needed. The Chinese are just foul when it comes to this sort of thing.


7 posted on 04/12/2012 11:04:27 AM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I agree, I am a supporter as well. It urks me when Freepers thing it’s funny to come into threads like this and make jokes about Bar B Q elephants or whatever. As being a conservative means you have to support reckless destruction nature or else you’re a Peta member or something.
I think a balance is needed. The Chinese are just foul when it comes to this sort of thing.


8 posted on 04/12/2012 11:05:22 AM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: sickoflibs; Free ThinkerNY; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ..

Spend a trillion, then Obama turns over each country to terrorists. And Obama is just getting warmed up.


9 posted on 04/12/2012 11:12:02 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: B.O. Plenty

The Australian Aborigines loved the taste of Chinese


10 posted on 04/12/2012 11:17:45 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Gay State Conservative

If there truly is a market for these animals, there soon will be as many of these ‘endangered’ species as there are cows and chickens in the United States.

Supply and demand. Unless the people of Zimbabwe are to stupid to see a way to make millions.


11 posted on 04/12/2012 11:27:32 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Tell the Chinese that ZANU PF and Mugabe's followers are as delicious as pork or chicken and then watch them go on the endangered species list. Yummy! Would you like fries with those arms and legs, Mr. Cheng?
12 posted on 04/12/2012 11:52:34 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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13 posted on 04/12/2012 12:40:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: MasterGunner01

Not likely since Mugabe and his morons probably have Chinese-made AK47s (what irony) handy.

Like some of the others here, I was also appalled at this. I don’t think the market can create sufficient supply quickly enough to address demand. Both the white and black rhinos’ numbers remain critical despite allowing limited hunting or shooting. I learned as a Ruffed Grouse Society volunteer that reproduction rates and the habitiat of hunted animals have a lot to do with their success as game species.

As a hunter, it has been really sad to see Chinese (my ethnicity) behaving so irresponsibly. When I was in Asia, I was taken to some caves where workers collected birds’ nests for that over-the-top delicacy. When birds returned to their nests, the nests and just-hatched chicks were gone.

Here in the US, Chinese pay Canadian and American poachers for bear paws and gallbladders. I was out west mule deer hunting with friends and we found a bear carcass missing its paws and cut open for the gallbladder. What a waste!


14 posted on 04/12/2012 12:40:52 PM PDT by 12Gauge687
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm convinced that pandas must taste like crap because otherwise the Chinese would have poached and eaten every one of those too.
15 posted on 04/12/2012 12:54:26 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: 12Gauge687

Sadly, money will always win when there’s a demand and there are greedy people wanting the money. The African game suffers accordingly. The tribal cultures have absolutely no concept of the resources they are literally killing off. Worse yet, they don’t CARE one whit.


16 posted on 04/12/2012 2:37:52 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: sickoflibs
Which strategy you think will pay off the most in the long run?

China's. (rimshot)

17 posted on 04/13/2012 4:40:50 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’s news about Godless heathens acting like animals?


18 posted on 06/15/2012 12:31:20 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Addio Africa” was a mondo-explotation film (from the makers of “Mondo Cane”).

Filmed right as colonial rule was being devolved to the locals, it has sickening footage of massive zebra & elephant slaughter as the locals went wild.

Sad, and sickening.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 12:35:34 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
From How China's taking over Africa (2008)

...Massive dams are being built, flooding nature reserves. The land is scarred with giant Chinese mines, with 'slave' labourers paid less than £1 a day to extract ore and minerals.

Pristine forests are being destroyed, with China taking up to 70 per cent of all timber from Africa.

All over this great continent, the Chinese presence is swelling into a flood. Angola has its own 'Chinatown', as do great African cities such as Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Exclusive, gated compounds, serving only Chinese food, and where no blacks are allowed, are being built all over the continent. 'African cloths' sold in markets on the continent are now almost always imported, bearing the legend: 'Made in China'.

From Nigeria in the north, to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola in the west, across Chad and Sudan in the east, and south through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, China has seized a vice-like grip on a continent which officials have decided is crucial to the superpower's long-term survival. 'The Chinese are all over the place,' says Trevor Ncube, a prominent African businessman with publishing interests around the continent. 'If the British were our masters yesterday, the Chinese have taken their place.'


20 posted on 06/15/2012 1:23:16 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They kill lots of human babies, too.


21 posted on 06/15/2012 4:00:20 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
No way the ruined political/economic infrastructure of Zim would allow for soemthing like that. Before you even got it off the ground the thugs would come and run you off your land.
22 posted on 06/16/2012 11:11:13 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Balding_Eagle

No way the ruined political/economic infrastructure of Zim would allow for something like that. Before you even got it off the ground the thugs would come and run you off your land.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 11:11:52 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Balding_Eagle

You’re right, of course.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 2:46:45 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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