They kill a cobra and post photos up?

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They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby jimshu » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:27 am

https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3 ... 2F&h=dfd49
Yeah, well hey what do you reckon? Photo posted up of a cobra that a Gap Adventures CEO helped capture.
Surely practising true concern for wildlife and conservation any CEO should have released the cobra well away from human interaction?
Even on my latest EHRA volunteer project the patrol leader captures a snake and drivers well away to release it.
It is just a snake/cobra which is part of our ecosystem we need to preserve, no matter how much we personally react towards them, no matter how poisonous.
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby jimshu » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:34 am

https://www.facebook.com/#!/gapadventures

You have to get to Gap Adventures Facebook page and scroll down to Audrey Scott's post that she placed there.
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby DanielBMe » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:13 am

While I agree it's bad and a GAP CEO should have known better, I don't think he should be fired. I think better training on GAP's principals and conservation are in order.
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby jimshu » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:12 pm

You're right Daniel. I said it that way to stir controversy so we'd get more contributions to the discussion.
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:10 pm

For some reason, I only just saw your post now and can't find Audrey Scott's post. Do you remember essentially what she said? In general, I've been very impressed by the guides GAP hires so would prefer retraining to firing if there's an issue.

I don't know if the Maasai in the picture eat cobra but bear in mind the villagers may have killed the snake as part of THEIR normal cultural heritage and procedure. Never ate cobra but I have had fire-roasted diamondback and it wasn't exceptionally tasty -- about like chicken, as cliche as that may sound -- but it was definitely better than armadillo.

Point is, I'd want more information before deciding any form of punishment was necessary.
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby Zuleika » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:15 pm

ExplorerWannaBe wrote:
Point is, I'd want more information before deciding any form of punishment was necessary.

I agree with this - African culture is built up around killing animals for numerous different reasons. Although I essentially agree with the conservation sentiment, if I had my way everyone would be vegetarian lol!
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Re: They kill a cobra and post photos up?

Postby jimshu » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:45 pm

The original post was a picture which from first impressions one would think it was the killing of a snake lauded, just because it was a snake. And killing of snakes just because they are snakes is an attitude that should change. Most are not harmful. If they are venomous, it is still just a snake which is in the wrong place- catch it and release it well away from humans.
My post challenging what seemed to be a post celebrating killing a snake brought back the full story in response, which I wish had been posted up with the original picture because it seemed to further human negative action to wildlife.

The story was the guide saw the snake entering a native house and assisted in its demise...sadly.
So he's a hero.
I still wish the snake wasn't killed though.

Yeah I know that locals have to live with dangerous wildlife so they believe it's better off dead in case it kills someone. I can accept that. But don't post a photo up which appears to celebrate killing any wildlife, without explaining the full story.
There is a sickening video on Youtube of a leopard trapped in a well in India, and you can see it stoned to death by villagers. This is posted to celebrate its death. But leopards are are fast approaching extinction in many areas.
Photos of snake killings, and videos of leopard stonings just further human intolerance of wildlife.
I still believe Gap Adventures needs to spread a tolerance message, not glorify its killings.
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