Pestilence Update

Trophy-hunters will be allowed to shoot nearly twice as many black rhinos in South Africa. “Mind-Boggling.”

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period


… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).


… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)


… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)


… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)


Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Trophy-hunters will be allowed to shoot nearly twice as many black rhinos in South Africa

‘With the relentless onslaught of poaching, it is mind-boggling that they would further add to population losses,’ say conservationists

Jane Dalton. The Independent.

Trophy-hunters will be allowed to kill almost twice as many South African black rhinos in the future after the country won permission to sell more shooting rights.

The EU was among those supporting the plan to increase hunting of the species, which is classed officially as critically endangered – only one step down from being extinct in the wild.

Conservationists condemned the decision – which doubles the proportion of the total killed to 0.5 per cent – as “mind-boggling”.

Nine black rhinos could be targeted every year after the proposal was passed at the world’s largest conference on the wildlife trade in Geneva, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which polices global trade.

Poaching for the illegal trade in rhino horn drove black rhinos to the brink of extinction between 1960 and 1995, as numbers plummeted by 98 per cent, to fewer than 2,500 worldwide.  

But populations have since doubled to an estimated 5,495, almost 1,900 of which live in South Africa, according to Cites. The vote means up to 0.5 per cent of the population may be shot.

South Africa said adult males would be targeted to protect breeding females, arguing the money raised from hunters would support conservation.

Other rhino-range states, including BotswanaZimbabwe and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) – as well as the EU and Canada – supported the move.

Audrey Delsink, of Humane Society International/Africa, said the vote was “hugely disappointing”.

“After attending the SA delegations’ presentation on rhinos in our country and the severe challenges that our rhino population faces through the relentless onslaught of poaching, it is mind-boggling that they would further add to the population losses through hunting, only benefiting a handful of key individuals,” she told The Independent, urging delegates to overturn the decision later in the two-week meeting. 

Will Travers, president of conservation charity Born Free, said: “In addition to the devastating impact this will have on the targeted animals, and the potential disruption it could cause to rhino sex ratios over time, the new quota could also undermine the principle of achieving an underlying population growth rate target of at least 5 per cent a year, as set out in the African Rhino Conservation Plan.”

He added: “We challenge the paper-thin claims by proponents of trophy-hunting – including the hunting of highly endangered species such as black rhino – that it delivers significant conservation and community benefits.”  

Supporters of the change say those selected will be older, post-reproductive bulls, who can be aggressive and prevent younger males from breeding. They may even kill females or leave them fatally wounded, curbing reproduction rates, they argue.

Kenya’s delegate said the move, along with poaching, would mean almost half the black rhino population increase each year being lost, The Guardian reported.

South Africa agreed not to use the full quota if the rhino population fell below a certain level but did not specify what this would be.

Black rhinos, classed on the IUCN red list as critically endangered, may be worth tens of thousands of dollars in hunting licences.  

According to Forbes, a report by Economists at Large found very little money from trophy hunting goes to community development. Statista figures show only about 3 per cent of income supports local people, instead, going on operating expenses, fees and staff wages.

The meeting also backed moves to give seahorses more protection from the aquarium trade and traditional Chinese medicine.

The governments of the US and Sri Lanka have also proposed steps to examine the global trade in​ songbirds to try to protect wild populations.

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