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Robert Borsak - Australia's Sarah Palin? Do you want him in your Parliament?


(Photo from Wikipedia commons - African Elephant)

Dangerous emerging prominence of firearms and cruel sports in our society

Game Council chairman Robert Borsak, who intends to stand for the Shooters Party in the next elections, recently visited northern Zimbabwe, where, on a two-week trip he killed several elephants for entertainment. It is, thanks to corruption of Robert Mugabe. quite "legal" and the amount he and other great "hunters" must pay is adding to the dictator's coffers.

A demented boast ...

"As he came down there was an unearthly scream as the full weight of the falling bull collapsed his heaving lungs, expelling through the trunk and sending an involuntary shiver through me. On the ground now, on bended knee the ochre coloured wet bull thrashed around with its trunk, paralysed unable to move. I reloaded as the empties flicked over my shoulder & the PH yelled to drill him again. As I approached I moved in quickly, not being sure at all exactly at that time what had happened. As I approached with some caution he lunged as far forward as his trunk & position allowed, trying to grab me. At this I placed two frontal brain shots into the now almost defunct bull and it was all over." Source of citation re Borsak's elephant murder

An obscene and sadistic passtime

Elephants are intelligent animals, and their use as targets for the thrill of killing is totally callous, obscene and sadistic!

Mr Borsak is being paid $342 a sitting day for his part in regulating hunting in NSW, and if he and the shooters have their way, our gentle native animals will be aimed at with their firearms, all for entertainment!

This man may soon join the party currently holding NSW government to ransom

If successful, he would join a party that now holds the balance of power in the upper house and is holding the Government to ransom after Mr Macdonald failed to negotiate through cabinet the right to shoot in National Parks.

Would Borsak's breeding business constitute personal fiduciary interest?

Mr Borsak breeds and sells dogs to help killing duck, quail and other "game" bird hunting.

It's against the ethics of politicians to have a personal fiduciary interest in what they are in charge of as politicians! In a fiduciary relation good conscience requires one to act at all times for the sole benefit and interests of another, with loyalty to those interests. Borsak has financial interest in propagating hunting. This is something parliamentary regulators should be investigating.

The emerging interest in firearms in our society, as demonstrated by the rise in influence of this lobby and political group, is dangerous and needs to be quashed and outlawed.

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This shows Robert Borsak's 19th Century mindset and his true colours.
This photo deserves to be exposed on the front page of each Australian mainstream newspaper so that the general public is aware of this extremist poacher.

Does the Game Council run poaching and lynching parties back in Australia?
For all enquiries please contact this poachers rights party at its 52 Hill Street headquarters in Orange NSW - tel: (02) 6360 5100. Email: ea@gamecouncil.nsw.gov.au

This horrible human should be shot himself.
I am also appalled at calls to slaughter wild camels in the desert regions of Australia.
It sounds like the hunting mob is driving a lot of bad things here.

If they must do something with the poor camels, then why not the far more positive industry of camel hair fabrics.
The camels can be shorn. There is no need to kill them and they are not nearly as noxious for the environment as sheep.

I'm sick of synthetics and camel hair coats are beautiful and camels don't get skinned for them.

Also, on the subject of cruelty. Since I saw film of a goose being plucked for doona down, I cannot bring myself to use doonas.

This country is going down the drain along with a lot of blood and needless suffering.

R.N.

I wonder if Australia's now most infamous elephant trophy hunter, Robert Borsak, took the tusks home for mounting on his wall?

Trophy hunting is immoral poaching. The only difference between poaching and trophy hunting is when a country's dictator, like Robert Mugabe, proclaims poaching legal. It harks to the 19th Century when native animals were exploited as 'game' and 'vermin'. Elephants in Africa and India were colonists 'big game', so they used an 'elephant gun' - the tool of a brave hero hunter on horseback facing a charging elephant herd in the wild. Such is the nostalgic aspiration, so our hero hunter can convey thrilling African adventure stories of stalking and killing at fire side chats then point to his proud mounted trophy on his loungeroom wall.

Borsak "killed several (in Zimbabwe), including a bull elephant he shot in the head from a distance of six paces." [Andrew Clennell, SMH 21-Jul-09]. The spoils of a 'big-game safari'. I wonder if Borsak just stepped out of the 4WD, walked up to this inherently shortsighted elephant downwind; the elephant stationary and unsure of what was going on; then Borsak shot it in the head at close range. Borsak the big game hunter! In this beautiful savannah country, home of the bush elephants, what of the elephant family this bull elephant leaves behind?

Borsak couldn't care. Brutal, corrupt Mugabe couldn't care.

The African Elephant is the largest land mammal on Earth. Poaching and human encroachment since the late 1970's has decimated the 1.3 million odd numbers to around 600,000 today. Scientists had estimated in the 1980s that had no protective measures been taken, the African bush elephant and forest elephant would be extinct in the wild by 1995.

Under the 1973 conservation agreement 'The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, (CITES) the African Elephant is partially protected against poaching and over-exploitation through international trade. But the agreements are voluntary and CITES does not protect the elephant against habitat loss, nor does it explicitly address market demand, nor does it provide for ground enforcement.

"The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the African elephant as near threatened, while the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Flora and Fauna has placed it under its Appendix I and II. CITES Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction, with trade related to these species only permitted in exceptional circumstance, while Appendix II encompasses species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled to avoid uses incompatible with their survival." 'Save the Elephants'

In Chad, the African Bush Elephant officially protected, but ground enforcement of poaching is less than effective because of limited because resources, money and manpower. In southeastern Chad in 2006, aerial surveys confirmed the poaching slaughter of over 100 elephant near Zakouma National Park, a region with decades-old history of elephant poaching. [See report by conservationist J. Michael Fay and National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols highlighting the poaching threat to this - the world's largest remaining concentration of elephants." Play the video:
'Ivory Wars, Last Stand in Zakouma'

Trophy hunting harks back to the 19th century and continues today, thanks to demands from the Borsaks of the world. According to the World Wildlife Fund on the Status of African Elephants, Absalom Shigwedha, The Namibian, July 9, 2009, "Large quantities of African ivory are still finding their way into illegal markets in Africa and beyond, in places such as Asia. 'Status of African Elephants'

Time is overdue for the international community, the UN with The African Union to establish strong and effective laws and funding to protect the African Elephant from poaching (illegal or dubiously otherwise), from ivory trade and from habitat loss.

Poaching? Supporting a dictator? Australia's Sarah Palin??? If your going to spout out rubbish at least know what your talking about. Elephant hunting is legal, humane, makes ALOT of money for starving locals and does a hell of a lot more good than whinging greenies do.

" I wonder if Borsak just stepped out of the 4WD, walked up to this inherently shortsighted elephant downwind; the elephant stationary and unsure of what was going on; then Borsak shot it in the head at close range"

You havent even read the whole article, your making a stupid statement to fan flames and get your opinion out there. the hunt consisted of hiking for days, through harsh environment, camping out in the bush, and very skilled tracking and stalking. way too much physical effort for you to do im sure. just another talking head with a keyboard trying to get noticed.

The killing of just ONE elephant feeds 100s of locals, they hike for miles around with nothing but plastic bags to put the meat in and rags on their backs. they hear the shot and they come running. the crowds get so out of hand police come to keep the peace and distribute the food accordingly and fairly. this is what the hunter gives directly to the people, starving struggling people whose farms are destroyed by overpopulated elephant herds. they cant shoot them because they will be arrested, so they sit back and pray for hunters to come so they can even eat, let alone make a decent living.

if fools like you can get over the image of how sad it is to kill sweet little Dumbo, youll realise that it does lots of good for the people of Zimbabwe, and the money does not go to mugabe, it goes to the local communities and businesses. if hunting (not poaching as u call it, u dont even know the meaning of the word) was outlawed, the country would plummet back into the dark ages. So would you rather have one elephant die to save 100 humans, or have 100 humans die to save one elephant?

people like you need to stop complaining about things you know nothing about, sitting safe and snug in your house sipping your chai tea while watching Bambi and crying. what Borsak does is a small price for amazing pay off for the people. people like you are the ones who cry 'racist'!, 'homophobe!' and 'discrimination!', yet you do the same to someone who does things you dont understand or even try too. HYPOCRITE

oh and he doesnt have the tusks on his wall, you cant bring elephant related materials (skins, bones, ivory) into Australia. the thrill of the hunt is more important than the things sticking out of its mouth.

Quite the contrary! The population growth in Africa is explosive, and they are causing their own hunger by out-growing their resources, and corruption of their leaders doesn't help the equitable distribution of food. However, money, or meat, does not justify the end! Drugs, slavery, unsustainable crops such as palm oil, destroying native species, theft, child labour all "help" the economy and short-term needs, but the means does not justify the end. African elephants are under threat from loss of habitat and an expanding human population. According to WWF, the influence elephants have over many plant and animal species means they are often referred to as keystone species that are vital to the long-term survival of the ecosystems in which they live.
Elephants are highly intelligent and social, and will care for each other if one is wounded, and they will even care for their companion's bones!
The real problem is too many humans, and their aggression, weapons, greed, and not enough elephants and reserves! Killing one (of a diminishing species) to advantage another species (humans) cannot, and never will, be justified no matter how much fun, or how convincing and warped the argument is! Hypocrisy is a trait that only humans are capable of!

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"Homo sapiens are not an endangered species, or even vulnerable!
On August 16th, 2009 Bob (not verified) says:
Quite the contrary! The population growth in Africa is explosive, and they are causing their own hunger by out-growing their resources, and corruption of their leaders doesn't help the equitable distribution of food. However, money, or meat, does not justify the end! Drugs, slavery, unsustainable crops such as palm oil, destroying native species, theft, child labour all "help" the economy and short-term needs, but the means does not justify the end. African elephants are under threat from loss of habitat and an expanding human population. According to WWF, the influence elephants have over many plant and animal species means they are often referred to as keystone species that are vital to the long-term survival of the ecosystems in which they live.
Elephants are highly intelligent and social, and will care for each other if one is wounded, and they will even care for their companion's bones!
The real problem is too many humans, and their aggression, weapons, greed, and not enough elephants and reserves! Killing one (of a diminishing species) to advantage another species (humans) cannot, and never will, be justified no matter how much fun, or how convincing and warped the argument is! Hypocrisy is a trait that only humans are capable of!"

... One young writer thinks we are.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071102174245AAjldSY

Are humans a virus on earth?

Humanity, what is it?

The only thing i can think of that mimicks humans is a virus, we spread, adapt and evolve like a virus. A virus will continue to spread and grow till its host dies, and than the entire virus colony dies with the host if it cannot adapt to become air born. People are talking about flying into other planets to colonize and speard our disease among the stars...

Looks like earths running out of resources and we need a new host..

I tend to agree - given Homo Sapien's proclivity for mindless multiplication of itself and destruction of its own environment.

Bob says - in regard to the African Elephant - and populations of Africa

... The real problem is too many humans, and their aggression, weapons, greed, and not enough elephants and reserves!

Killing one (of a diminishing species) to advantage another species (humans) cannot, and never will, be justified no matter how much fun, or how convincing and warped the argument is!

Hypocrisy is a trait that only humans are capable of!

... Perhaps there are some aliens somewhere - licking their lips in anticipation ... Anyone for a human?

The reason that the people of the once wealthy country of Zimbabwe are "struggling and starving" and indeed already "back in the dark ages" is BECAUSE of the corrupt dictator Robert Mugabe, the same man who has made the hunting of the endangered elephant legal. And why are they endangered? Because they have been hunted into near extinction. The photos of Borsak with those elephants sicken me. What drives a man to want to kill such a majestic animal, especially when their population has already been decimated? Is this what it takes for him to feel like a man? Perhaps he is over compensating -- he kills elephants, other pathetic over compensating middle aged men drive red ferraris. As for your "have one elephant die to save 100 humans" theory, it just doesn't add up. With the real population of elephants being no more than 60,000 in Zimbabwe (as opposed to the inflated figures quoted by the Mugabe government to justify their lift on hunting and their push to lift the ivory trade ban), after all the elephants have been killed by boys like Borsak, by your calculation only 6 million people will be saved - how are you going to save the other 7 million people? Let me guess, you can turn your attention to the rhinos, buffaloes, lions, leopards and other species who teeter on the brink of extinction. The plight of the people and the wildlife in Zimbabwe go hand in hand, both are being destroyed by a corrupt regime - they both need to be saved. P.S: what have you got against Bambi and chai tea?!

so who knows how i can go about organising a hunting safari like the one young rob went on to nail those elephants

like i love killing animals and all but seing you guys whinge about it makes me wanna go shooting more often

I accept that trying to get 'thrill killers' to empathise with animals is impossible; you may as well talk to a telegraph pole. We can only obtain comfort with the knowledge that as we progress further into the 21st century, these people, like the Neanderthal, will eventually die out and a more thinking, caring man will evolve; one who doesn't need to kill defenceless animals to make him feel better about himself.

I hunt because thats the way I put food on the table.If only you could grasp the concept that animals die to feed others. Hunting is more moral and compassionate than 21st century man's factory farming practices.

The reason we survived as a species is because of good hunter/gatherer development.Something we seem to becoming detached from at a rapid rate due to unrealistic ideology and the need to remove ourselves from the (dirty) work of having to end an animals life by having someone else do it for us.

Yes we are becoming SUPERMARKET MAN. Buying meat in a tray with a woman's sanitary pad underneath it.

So next time you buy your meat think about the hunter who pursued his quarry pehaps for days killed it, gutted it and carried it for miles out of the bush,got home butchered the meat, used the skin made soap from the fat and fed his family of five.

Because that's what I and thousands of hunters do regularly

If you really care about animals and want to do your bit for the environment become a hunter!
Don't tell me that modern man has got it right feeding himself with 21st century farming techniques.

I would agree with you if there were were less than a million people in Australia. For gods sake, there are 21.5 million of us. How long do you think the indigenous species would last if we all hunted them? I agree that our industrial food production is also inhumane and unsustainable. We need to rein in our population numbers and have more local footprints. Until we have come down to a sustainable size, though, hunting is unsustainable and harasses already pitifully persecuted species.

Sheila Newman, population sociologist
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Sheila,
I didn't say anything about hunting out indigenous species. Trust me there's enough introduced animals to feed the nation out there at the moment, I know because I spend a huge amount of time in the bush.
I take deer, goats, rabbits for the table and the emphasis is on clean kills and not wasting anything from the animal. Many people who are not hunters tend to be quite wastefull with meat, often I have watched people scrape meat into bins and think nothing of it, such is society.
Hunters don't think that way, so much effort goes into the hunt that to be wastefull with the kill is considered almost criminal.

I am also involved with kangaroo culls for farmers who have tags to fill, with the trade off being access to the feral species they have on their land. What is disgusting is the current legislation that prevents ordinary hunters like myself using those roos for food. They must be tagged where they fall and left to rot. I don't know about you but I find that waste offensive and heartbreaking.

Human population numbers used to be controlled with disease, hunger and war, these are now resisted with all means available.
Humans will one day demolish the planet and destroy themselves one way or another, only then will nature bounce back as it is quite capable of doing. One breed of survivor will be the hunter who know their bushcraft and instinctively does what it takes to survive. Hunting is not unsustainable it just needs to be managed like most everything on the face of the earth.

Even if there were less than a million people in this country I still don't think hunting would be accepted by the majority of people on this site because they are simply anti.

All the the association of hunters with murderers and perverts and misinformation about what hunters do is real kindergarten stuff.
It's a real shame they don't know the compassionate hunters I know who are just as concerned about the environment as they are.

Since May I have been hunting hunters. So far I've caught eight ute-loads. These "hunters" are spotlighting into properties, including mine. Some also use dogs to bring down roos, wallabies and deer. What they really want is deer, but often they can't find any. This is my letter published in The Age in May 2009:

"Greg Benton (Letters, 13/5) says that “sporting shooters” are not “bogey men”. Last Thursday, near midnight, I heard noise on the road outside my isolated property. Hunters with spotlights. I drove out to confront them and get their number plates. As I parked behind them, they turned banks of spotlights on me. I was blinded. Eight men surrounded the car, screaming abuse and spitting on the windscreen. Six large staghounds were loose. I turned blind into the road to escape. I did a u-turn and headed back home, but they blinded me again and tried to run me off the road. I swerved and got past. Phoned the police and returned to chase them again, hanging back this time. They drove away.
It happens often. They cut fences and invade properties. The police station was closed. They are never caught."

We've been harrassed for years by these thugs, so I began regular patrols and asked the police and DSE to get active. Last weekend they set a trap and caught two lots of illegal hunters in Mt Cole State Park. If landowners get licence plates of invaders, keep a list and send it to DSE/police you have some chance of relief. These "hunters" routinely drink booze while "hunting", and dump their cans etc on the roadside. If you keep the roadsides clean of rubbish you can identify hunters' rubbish the next day. We keep 17km of road here clean. A tip: photograph everything,including tyre tracks.

This isn't "hunting". The roos etc just stand and stare and can be shot by any drunken moron.

Government policies at present encourage these killers, often inadvertently. This must change.

Frank,

What you describe seems almost akin to home invasion. You should phone the police [on '000'] as soon as you see them again. Since there are many and they seem intoxicated and armed, it would be dangerous to approach them.

It would be wise to report this incident formally to the local police by making a statement. It would be wise to let neighbouring property owners know about this as well and advise them to be on the look out. I am sure locals and the local police would be keen to remove such menaces.

Since you mention Mt Cole, this is in Victoria and the main laws that regulate hunting in Victoria are:

•Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994;
•Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987;
•Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994;
•Firearms Act 1996;
•Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986;
•Wildlife Act 1975; and
•Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2001.

It may pay to become familiar with these and to contact a good legal firm to obtain preliminary legal advice. The first task is to obtain legally admissible evidence that would stand up to a prosecution. Are they trespassing? This would add a civil remedy dimension. If the incident is repeated then it would be useful to have more than yourself there as a witness at the time - ideally a police officer if you can. A flash camera would be useful to identify the persons concerned.

Try placing your same letter in your local paper. Is there a local gun club in or around Ballarat which you could contact to notify your concern on a noticeboard about these drunken cowboys shooters? Perhaps they are club members in the area - they have to buy their ammunition somewhere and usually it is locally. The word will soon get around.

Though it is not legal in this country, having a decent .303 semi-automatic handy fitted something useful like a ATN Aries 410 Night Vision rifle scope would allow you to effectively place a few rounds (starting with each spot light) to quickly remove their bravado. They wouldn't know which way it was coming. The loud crack of a .303 coming in accurately out of the distant blackness would be enough to scare anyone off.

In short Frank the people you have just described are criminals not hunters . These are the kind of people hunters hate more than you do.
Law abiding hunters find this is the kind of behaviour that tarnishes the reputation of all and thus despise them. It may interest you to know that hunters have the same encounters with this kind and police are informed accordingly.

These people are subject to prosecution the same as any other lawbreaker in any facet of society.

Firearm owners,sporting shooters, and hunters are ordinary people you may run into everyday without knowing,police, nurses, schoolteachers, tradesman, doctors, and of both sexes. These are just some of the people I hunt with.

No they aren't bogeymen. The idiots you came across are.

Sure, come down hard on the lawbreakers but keep it in perspective for the rest.

Hi Sambar hunter,
Re kangaroo culls - have a look at Red plague, Grey plague about numbers and this critique of the Madura culls, which is completely different from most articles on the subject and also goes into the literature on roos' grazing impact etc. See also my films here here and here

I used to be of your opinion on this, but my own research changed my mind. (I was never in favour of hunting lions or other exotic game, but I truly believed that kangaroos were common everywhere - but you have to revise your opinion of this when you realise how humans are encroaching on their habitat and if you have some understanding of population dynamics.)

I agree with you that a proportion of the people on this forum would not accept hunting or eating meat under any circumstances. It is possible to argue the hunting case with or without reference to whether or not one is a meat eater.

I think that people who are at the coal-face of indigenous animal care or who rescue animals from industrial farming etc. have a major problem putting up with the idea of hunting on top of the atrocious treatment meted out to other species in the guise of food production, pet keeping, housing development etc. Perhaps if the hunting lobby went after the developer lobby - politically speaking - they would get a measure of respect and less flack from the non-vegetarian sector. At the moment the hunting lobby is largely perceived as insult and injury added to a concentration camp of insult and injury. Some of the insults are the government propaganda.

We live in difficult times where even the use of the local beach is now fraught due to overpopulation with people competing to swim, play there with dogs, and use surf-skis, for instance. Each resents the other. Wildlife, in the mean-time, mostly don't even get to see the sea anymore; the coast is ring-barked by deadly highways.

It is eminently possible to avoid overpopulation without disease or starvation too. Unfortunately overpopulation benefits the people in charge of mass production and who benefit financially from resource scarcity; they also own the commercial press and influence the public press.

over to you.

Sheila Newman, population sociologist
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How come there is such a 'Party' with the NSW Legislative Council in the first place? Doesn't sound particularly right in the 21st century, somehow. - The man Borzak is clearly very full of himself, his office bursting with 'trophies' looks like a regular nightmare (Seen on his website).

Only wipe that self-satisfied smile off your face Mr.B, whether or not you've just found Christmas. And let's maybe remember that a) humans are animals too, b) that they are the biggest plague on Planet Earth, and c) "he who lives by the sword...(etc.)" as the saying goes. - Thank you for your time (away from the dining table, of course). - By the way: in the Queen's English 'fishers' are 'anglers' and 'shooters' 'hunters', NB.

I am amazed by the "uneducated" comments regarding this elephant hunt, how many of you have ever been in Africa, never mind understand the complexity of managing exploding elephant populations in sub-Saharan Africa. I do understand that this is an emotive issue however before criticising I would suggest that you first educate yourselves on what is really happening. Suggest you get hold of A Game Warden's Report, written by Ron Thompson and gain some understanding on African Elephants

We don't need to have been to Africa to have an opinion regarding "management" of animals! We don't have to have been to the Poles to have an opinion re. melting ice caps, or need to need to be a fisherman to have an opinion of the callapse of fisheries either!

"Exploding elephant populations"? The African elephant once ranged across most of the African continent from the Mediterranean coast to the southern tip. According to the WWF, less than 20% of elephant range is under formal protection. Today, it is estimated that between 470,000 and 690,000 elephants survive in Africa.

African Elephant Conservation Act 1989 states that:
(1) Elephant populations in Africa have declined at an alarming rate since the mid-1970's.

(2) The large illegal trade in African elephant ivory is the major cause of this decline and threatens the continued existence of the African elephant.

(3) The African elephant is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its continued existence will be further jeopardized if this decline is not reversed.

Human populations are exploding. Also, a "game" warden's report? Could be slightly biased!

African Elephant Conservation Act 1989 states that:
(1) Elephant populations in Africa have declined at an alarming rate since the mid-1970's.
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This is like the so-called 'exploding populations' of kangaroos. It's all about removing the mote in thine own eye. Human populations are exploding. Everything else is collapsing. How could anyone be so blind to the obvious? And so injust to everything else on the planet.

Killing elephants for entertainment? How cruel.

@Proud citizen may be interested in the following story about poaching rhinos in Zimbabwe by the International Rhino Foundation

3 Poachers Shot Dead

SOURCE: http://www.rhinos-irf.org/en/art/531/
THE HERALD 18 May 2009
From George Maponga in Masvingo

"Three suspected poachers, who were part of a five-man gang allegedly intending to kill rhinos at Malilangwe Trust Conservancy in Chiredzi, were last weekend shot dead by a joint team of police and game rangers following a prolonged exchange of gunfire.

After the shootout, inside the conservancy, one of the five suspects escaped while the other one was apprehended while holed up in their getaway Toyota Hilux parked along the Chiredzi-Tanganda highway.

A police team and game rangers ambushed the poachers at Chipangadzi Bridge inside Malilangwe following a tip-off.

Masvingo police spokesman Inspector Phibion Nyambo said the names of the three were being withheld until their next of kin had been notified.

"Three suspected poachers, all of them from Gweru, were shot dead following an encounter with our officers who were on patrol together with game rangers from Malilangwe.

"We managed to arrest one of the suspects and also impounded the Toyota Hilux which they wanted to use as a getaway car.

"However, one of the suspects managed to flee and we are looking for him. We managed to recover two rifles, — a .303 and a .306 — which the suspects were using.

"We also recovered 58 live rounds of ammunition and some spent cartridges," said Insp Nyambo.

He said the bodies of the poachers were taken to Chiredzi District Hospital for post-mortem.

It is believed that the poachers arrived at Malilangwe Trust Conservancy aboard a Toyota Hilux with the intention of killing rhinos and dehorning them.

Police, acting on a tip-off, teamed up with game rangers and ambushed the suspects inside the conservancy.

They encountered the poachers at Chipangadzi Bridge and ordered them to surrender.

But the suspects started firing at the police and game rangers prompting a prolonged gunfight that resulted in the death of the three.

Insp Nyambo said police were increasingly worried by the rampant poaching of rhinos in the Lowveld.

Last year poachers killed about 13 rhinos in the Lowveld.

Only recently, another suspected poacher, Starford Machirori, was shot dead by game rangers while poaching rhinos at Kyle Recreational Park.

Zimbabwe is up for discussion at next year’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting over the increased poaching of rhinos, which are classified as endangered species.

Zimbabwe has lost about 70 rhinos over the past 12 months to poaching, according to Parks’ official statistics."

One would be prepared to pay good money to fly into Zimbabwe and with legal amnesty contract kill poachers. Choice of weapon either the Sako TRG-42 or a Unique Alpine TPG-1 (proven sniper rifles) with a few 5 box mags of .338 Lapua magnum cartridges.

No gunfight - typical poachers' .303s are well out of effective range. No need for reward, simple gratification in doing the job - unemotional, quick and clean as possible.

Well done to Robert, being sworn into NSW Parliament today.

Rob is a hard worker for true conservation and also a dedicated hunter. The two go well hand in hand.

Nothing wrong with hunting elephants as part of a conservation management control programme. Anyone who thinks otherwise is truely ignorant of elephants in Zimbabwe.

Thanks to Robert we will the see the continuation of having two good guys in the NSW Upper House to ensure we have appropriate wildlife management programmes, decent and sensible gun laws and much more.

Again congratulations to the Hon. Robert BORSAK, MLC

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