154Re: Michael Fay on MSNBC
- Sep 2, 2002Fay took a lot of heat, after initially sending back daily messages
posted on the Internet, for often calling his trek crew, "boys". His
crew must have thought him crazy but for about $7 a day, and no other
jobs to be had, they joined. He appeared a little "nuts" to me, too.
According to Fay, he never wore a shirt, long pants or boots. Just
shorts and floppy sandals. Maybe he thought that it's the pygmy/macho
way and not how the rest of the world treks through deep, insect-
infected bush. Yelling and waving arms at elephants is rather bizarre
behavior, too. I know, from personal experience, better to just leave
them at peace and if they charge, run like hell and hide.
I take issue, also, about his condemnation of all logging and hunting
within the virgin forests.
Where once there were thousands of small villages throughout the
forests, there remain few today. Practically everyone in Gabon,
including most pygmies, has migrated to the towns or near the main
roads leaving old villages to disappear back into the bush and fauna
to replenish. Forests that were harvested for Okume and other
valuable trees over 20 years ago, have fully regrown with the old
logging trails spreading new forms of plants and trees. This is the
case in Mikongo/La Lope that was harvested over 20 years ago and
elsewhere in Gabon.
Hunting has been a way of life for hundreds of miillions of years for
the forest dwellers. There are still hundreds if not thousands of
pygmies within the Gabon forests who hunt for survival and villagers
of all tribes who hunt for their village's dietary needs. Where it
makes sense to stop hunting are the poachers who sell for export to
Libreville and other urban markets since these markets have an
abundant supply of alternatives meats. Heavy fines could be imposed
on anyone selling bush meat outside of their village and to
restaurants in Libreville and elsewhere that feature bush meat.
Looking forward to what others think about these issues.
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