From the Editor...
Finally, African Outfitter has concluded its international marketing tour for 2015. We started the year with Dallas Safari Club in Dallas, followed by two smaller shows hosted by African Hunting Events in Calgary and Saskatoon, Canada, and finished the US circuit with Safari Club International in Las Vegas. In March we attended the IWA Outdoor Classics in Nuremburg, Germany, and exhibited for the first time at Cinegética in Madrid, Spain. It was great to see old friends again, shake hands with long-time loyal subscribers and fans of African Outfitter and to meet new subscribers and potential new readers after they had received a free copy. It was really heart-warming to realise just how many people know the magazine and to see the readership growing each year in the US and Canada. We even met a couple of subscribers in Madrid, which was great, and many others who knew the magazine from collecting a complimentary copy at OR Tambo in Johannesburg or at their hunting lodge/camp somewhere in remote Africa.
Our next show will be HuntEx 2015 in Midrand, South Africa and we invite all our local readers and subscribers to stop by and meet the team. Our booth is #514 in Hall 5. We will also be at various other smaller shows during the rest of the year, so please come and meet us.
My editorial will not be complete without touching on the unfortunate subject of breeding of colour variants and animals with exceptional horn lengths. For the last few years, South Africa has been host to these breeding programmes by certain breeders and now investors, who have entered purely because of the “yields” from these projects. Two clearly identifiable camps have emerged on this issue – those who profess and substantiate this type of breeding and those totally against it. Both groups believe that they own the moral high ground and I foresee that this gap between the groups will only get bigger. Local and international hunting associations like APHA, PHASA, NAPHA, and the biggest local hunting association, SAHGCA, have issued position papers on this issue; they are all in principle against these practices.
Recently, I was unfortunately also drawn into a public debate between parties from both sides. The ideal would have been to keep the correspondence between the parties private. However, one of the parties decided to go public with it but unfortunately withheld some of the correspondence. I therefore had no other option but to publish the comments from all parties involved in this issue (see page 100).
Something I want to draw everybody’s attention to is the last sentence in the bottom left-hand corner of this page: “The opinions of contributors are not necessarily those of the magazine.” This is very important to know when you attack a magazine. I am totally against the breeding of colour variants and animals with exceptional horn length, but remember, that is me talking in my personal capacity. Also keep in mind that I can also be a contributor to this magazine. Being the chief editor, who is responsible for the magazine, is something totally different to being a contributor. I know it is a fine line but one needs to acknowledge the difference.
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