155Re: Michael Fay on MSNBC
- Sep 3, 2002I don't think Gabonese villagers cause that much damage to the forest.
Yes, they cut down a small section of forest each year to plant their
plantations. Yes, they kill an occassional gazelle or pangolin to feed
their families. But, I honestly believe that those actions of survival
hardly have a real effect on the forest.
On the other hand, I would suspect that one logging company probably
cuts down more trees and disrupts the environments of more animals in
one day than several villages of people do in one year.
--- In gabondiscussion@y..., "bobutne" <bobutne@a...> wrote:
> Fay 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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