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Mike Bester

Animal Trader Mike Bester

 

Mike Bester trading in wild caught primates:  http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=57645&tmpl=transcript

The millionaire private animal collector in Vietnam, Mr Than sourced his rhinos and tigers to be exported from Mike Bester in South Africa. Bester runs a small zoo in Pretoria ( which has been described by one visitor as “shocking conditions and very unsafe” on Hellopeter.com) and he also has an export company “specializing in the international translocation of non-domestic animals and birds”. – See more at: http://www.lionaid.org/news/2012/11/south-african-wildlife-traders-and-their-vietnamese-and-chinese-clients-a-network-of-deception.htm#sthash.9k9HOMI1.dpuf

The shipper’s name is listed as “Bester Birds & Animals Zoo Park CC”; the veterinarian listed in the handling information section of the waybill is perhaps coincidentally the same name as the veterinarian mentioned in this controversial rhino tragedy; and the receiving information says “Vinh Phu-CMT Joint Stock Corporation” in Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City.

An investigative source noted recently that rhinos were expected to arrive in Vietnam from South Africa, and there is concern that a “rhino horn farming” scheme may be developing.  http://annamiticus.com/2012/08/15/rhinos-from-south-africa-to-vietnam-via-thailand/

2014 News on Mike Bester Trading in White Tigers

The animals comprise a couple – a male and female rare White Bengal Tigers, one orange coloured tiger, one female white lioness and another female normal coloured lioness. Newsday http://newsday.co.tt/news/0,192293.html

It is interesting to note that “Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park of Pretoria” does not list African lions/Bengal Tigers as species they exhibit. In fact, this ‘zoo’ is merely a large pet store/breeding facility.

2014 News on Mike Bester Trading in White Rhinos

PRETORIA – A businessman and the owner of a zoo in Pretoria has sold six white rhino to a conservancy in Miami, Florida, on the east coast of United States of America (USA).  The seller, Mr Mike Bester, is the founder of Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park in Pretoria. He is a member of the Private Rhino Owners Association (PROA). Bester said the sale was part of a conservation project to support the species’ survival. The buyer was the Centre for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates (CCTU) in Miami, Florida.  This appears to be a breeding farm for roadside zoos that operate under the banner of ZAA.  http://lowvelder.co.za/264347/local-rhino-farmer-seals-the-sale-of-6-rhino-to-usa-firm/

2010 Rhino Scandal

“Alongside Decai, wildlife agency Bester Birds is listed as exporting 24 live rhino, and dealer Jimmy Magill six. Both Magill and Mike Bester denied any wrongdoing, insisting their exports were vetted and permitted.”  http://beta.iol.co.za/news/exposed-sas-dodgy-rhino-deals-1320603

Cheetahs Traded by Mike Bester

Cheetahs exported to Chinese horror park

The Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) December 10, 1999

By Fiona Macleod http://allafrica.com/stories/199912100206.html

Johannesburg -Six cheetahs from the De Wildt Cheetah Research and Breeding ‘:entre, oDe of South Africa’s most reputable breeding centres of endangered species, were exported this week to a s;lfari park in China that has been universally condemned by animal welf are organisations. John Wedderburn, ofthe Asian Animal Protection Network, describes arecent visit to the XiIi Lake Safari Park in Southern China: “The elephants have a large paddock but are kept chained in a corner and are made to do demeaning tricks. “When we approached the hippopotamus pool, the keepers beat the animals with bamboo poles to force them out ofthe water so we could see them better.

“There are regular performance shows in a big arena, but the worst feature is the photography area: a drugged, declawed, de-toothed tiger is struck on the mouth to make him snarl while the client sits beside him looking triumphant; a bear is made to stand up and snarl by the owner pulling a string that goes over a pulley and down to a ring in his tipper lip; a terrified deer is held down while children sit on it.”

Live domestic animals are red to tigers, under the pretence that ibis keeps them vrild. But the welf are organisations say they are never retumed to the wild, and even if they were they would be shot because they have developed a taste für livestock. Wedderburn says at least six major international animal welf are organisations have visited the park in recent years and condemned it.

They called für a boycott of the park by tourists and travel agents in 1997 after newspaper reports about ill-treatment of the animals.

De Wildt sold the six young cheetahs to Pretoria wildlife trader Mike Bester about a month ago, and they were shipped out last Fnday.

De Wildt’s director, Anne van Dijk, says they fetched a price of about $4,500 each.

Cheetahs are listed as highly endangered, but when they are bred in captivity the normal regulations that apply to endangered species are relaxed. South African animal welfare organisations expressed concern this week at the involvement of a reputable centre like De Wildt in the growing weekly shipments ofwildlife from this country to China. They point out that although China recently signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, it has no animal welfare laws like those in South Africa. Van Dijk says she was aware the cheetahs were going to the XiIi Lake park, but she knew nothing about its notoriety before they were sent there.

 

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

TANGANYIKA WILDLIFE PARK L L C
Customer No: 324586
Certificate No: 48-C-0156
Certificate Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: Jul 29, 2010
1037 So 183rd St W
GODDARD ,KS 67052
COUNTY: SEDGWICK

USDA Citations Against Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Unsafe caging for jaguars and improper food storage Sept. 2015

Unsafe barriers, rusty cages, jagged edges in cages, unsupervised contact between a lemur and an infant who had been left unattended in a stroller, and dilapidated perimeter fencing.

 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park Opposing Bills to Protect Wild Animals

 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a ZAA (Zoological Association of America) facility run by Jim and / or Matt Fouts; probably because they started ZAA in its latest iteration, along with Lex Salisbury, who had lost his AZA accreditation while running Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.  Creating an “accrediting” body, with a confusingly similar name, just undermines real accreditation standards.

http://bigcatrescue.org/zaa-facilities-exempt-big-cat-ban/

It’s believed they were a driving factor in getting their state to pass a bill that allows cub handling, quoting: “The park is all about interaction but we always do it in a safe manner and this bill is going to allow us to use those cubs to create an awesome experience for the public, so that they can further connect with those animals,” said Matt Fouts, assistant director for Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard.

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Senate-bill-would-allow-contact-with-cubs-at-Kansas-zoos-294107711.html

This article says Matt Fouts helped start the ZAA, which is one of the loudest opponents to the Big Cat Public Safety Act. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/where-are-zoos-tiger-cubs/941687

It looks like legitimate AZA zoos have found a willing buyer at Tanganyika Wildlife Park for rare cats.

http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/crime/article37111179.html

Jim Fouts defended the dentist who killed Cecil in this blog post saying: “Outraged animal rights organizations such as PETA think this dentist should be hanged, and all hunting in Zimbabwe should be suspended. Several misguided airlines such as Delta, American, and United quickly reacted to the PC crowd have said they will no longer fly big five trophies from Africa. This action is symptomatic of just what is wrong in the US and the world. The airlines chose to instantly take action in order to please a vocal minority rather than consider the potential cause and effect of their actions.”

http://www.twpark.com/blog/index.php/2015/10/07/my-perspective-on-cecil-the-lion-and-misguided-outrage/

Tanganyika Wildlife Park removed this post from their site. They appear to clearly oppose anyone who would reign in the animal abuse. This is from google’s cache:

HSUS: A Plan for Our Future?

09/19/2014

Their commercials have a way of tugging at our heartstrings, but the majority of the general public doesn’t know the real agenda of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This organization is actively trying to shut down zoos – like Tanganyika – across the country. Tanganyika’s Director, Jim Fouts, is aiding the fight against anti-zoo legislation in several states. In a recent article, Laurella Desborough detailed the agenda of HSUS, and some of it might surprise you.

If you care about animal welfare as much as we do, please consider donating to your local Humane Society – these local organizations receive little (or no) funding from HSUS and they do the real work of caring for homeless pets. Visit the Kansas Humane Society’s website to learn more about how you can help pets in our area. Or check out our Adopt and Animal page here for ways you can help the animals at Tanganyika and wildlife around the world.

WE ARE THE 2% and WE ARE GOING TO WIN!!!
By Laurella Desborough

As published in the Avicultural Society of America Avicultural Bulletin July/August 2014 Volume 82, number 4

Who are these two percenters and what is it they plan to win? Well, they are the radical animal rights individuals in the U.S. You know, the ones who lead HSUS and PETA and ELF and ALF, and Animal Defense League, etc. Sometimes they actually put forward their agenda for their followers, and we get to read it. Below is an example which I copied, word for word, from the U.S. Federal Register, as follows:

Comment from Markie Patterson (Document ID: APHIS-2011-0003-3677
Document Type: Public Submission
This is comment on Proposed Rule: Animal Welfare; Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions
Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0003 RIN: 0579-AD57
Topics: No Topics associated with this document
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The HSUS animal rights goals requires the end to all breeding of all animals. We are 2% of the population and our goals will be met. Go Sarah L. Conant
1. Abolish by law all animal research. 2. Outlaw the use of animals for cosmetic and product testing, classroom demonstration and in weapons development.
3. Vegetarian meals should be made available at all public institutions, including schools.
4. Eliminate all animal agriculture. 5. No herbicides, pesticides or other agricultural chemicals. Outlaw predator control.
6. Transfer enforcement of animal welfare legislation away from the Department of Agriculture.
7. Eliminate fur ranching and the use of furs.
8. Prohibit hunting, trapping and fishing.
9. End the international trade in wildlife goods.
10. Stop any further breeding of companion animals, including purebred dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering should be subsidized by state and municipal governments. Abolish commerce in animals for the pet trade.
11. End the use of animals in entertainment and sports.
12. Prohibit the Genetic Manipulation of Species. Make this rule change and we can fulfill our goals. It is better to be dead than suffer as a slave to humans. end quote from Federal Register.

Now, let’s take a look at this agenda…because many of the items will affect most of us. First, note that the comment mentions Sarah L. Conant…who happens to be working in the enforcement division of APHIS-USDA and who is a strong supporter of HSUS with a background in law. A young woman with a long life ahead of her and the possibility of having a great effect on many many decisions about animals. She is not the only one who is a strong supporter of HSUS and the radical animal rights agenda. Apparently three animal rights supporters have been identified as working in USFWS. And, we know that Lois Lerner in the IRS, (who recently was under scrutiny by Congress), is a very strong supporter of HSUS. Apparently she managed to ignore the thousands of complaints about the HSUS and their lobbying for laws at state and
federal level, while enjoying non-profit tax status. Placing dedicated active animal rights advocates in critical positions in state and federal agencies is one method the animal rights use to gain their goals.

The first agenda item proposing to abolish all animal research is truly outrageous, since the majority of important discoveries for human health have been made using animals. This continues to be the case. Note that about 98 percent of animals used in research are mice and rats. However, animal rights generally portray this research as being conducted on dogs, cats, and primates. In any case, without ongoing research using animals, many new positive discoveries to improve human health would not be possible.

Outlawing the use of animals in product testing is also a problem. The use of animals is the first step in testing for many types of products, whether it is for prescription drugs, chemicals used in homes and farms, or for classroom demonstrations. I well remember working with dead cats in zoology classes. Feral cats are being euthanized because they are invasive species. Using them in the classroom provides real life examples that cannot be adequately done by computer modeling, since actual bodies do vary in many ways from a model.

Making vegetarian meals available is fine, unless they are the ONLY choices that diners have. But item four indicates that is the point, since the proposal is to eliminate ALL animal agriculture. That means no meat,no milk, no cheese, no eggs, and on and on. It would also mean the complete extinction of all domestic farm animals since they would have no use and thus would not be maintained. Lest we forget, farm animals do provide another service that is not mentioned by the animal rights people. Farm animals provide a huge amount of fertilizer for the fields where grains and other plant foods are grown!!! So, no more fertilizer either.

But what does the elimination of meat from the diet actually mean? Quote:

Scientists at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain – with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage. The study involved tests and brain scans on community-dwelling volunteers aged 61 to 87 years without cognitive impairment at enrollment, over a period of five years. When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage.It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12. Vegans were the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish.

The elimination of all herbicides and pesticides could have a devastating effect on the human race. Think of eliminating the chemical Deet from use to manage mosquitoes when we are having new cases of dengue, malaria, West Nile virus and other diseases spread by mosquitoes. Outlawing predator control would also mean that when there is a huge over population of bears and cougars and wolves and coyotes, that there would be no means of addressing that problem!

And here is one proposal that is already happening…and bound to have some very negative consequences; the proposal is to transfer enforcement of animal welfare legislation away from the Department of Agriculture! The Department of Agriculture is the agency with the expertise in dealing with animals. This move would make it easier for the animal rights ideologues to influence the handling of animal issues.
Eliminating fur ranching and the use of furs perhaps would not affect millions of individuals, but it would affect some and it is an assault on the freedom of choice of individuals who may want to use fur in some manner or other.

Prohibiting hunting, trapping and fishing would have widespread consequences for our food supply and for elimination of animals that are over populating their environment. While not everyone in the US is hunting animals for food, some people do hunt animals for food. Then there is fish. Most everyone in the US does eat fish either routinely or on occasion, since fish provides many important nutrients to our diet. Eliminating the use of fish for food would have a serious effect on the health and welfare of the population.

Ending the international trade in wildlife goods for those in the US would not make much difference as most do not participate in the trade. However, for those of us who may want to import birds or animals, that would no longer be possible. No more imported softbills, pheasants, or wildlife for zoo exhibits, or even for conservation breeding and research.

Now here is a proposal that would hit home with almost every US citizen; stop all breeding of companion animals. You got that. ALL COMPANION ANIMALS! And they make a point of including purebred dogs and cats, which of course would include service animals, hunting hounds, search and rescue animals, and of course, all of our canaries, budgies and parrots. This is the point we need to make with all our family members, all our friends and neighbors. We need to keep pointing out that the HSUS and their ilk are trying to take away ALL our pets!

Of course, we might expect the animal rights folks would want to end the use of animals in entertainment and sports. In this case they are of course including zoos and marine world and any activities involving animals, such as horse racing, rodeos, or hunting with dogs. We can see they are working on that right now, with the promotion of the film Blackfish which casts SeaWorld as the bad guys for using orcas in their shows. They call this abuse. The facts don’t matter and the film has been documented as being full of misinformation and outright deception.

Lastly the animal rights cult followers want to eliminate all genetic manipulation of species. Consider that the reason we have the many types of poultry, pigeons, horses, cows, sheep, pigs, goats, dogs, and cats, is due to breeding for specific traits, which is genetic manipulation.
And the reason for all these proposed ideas by the animal rights radicals? Well, the last sentence in the comment tells us why they want to do these things. Quote: It is better to be dead than suffer as a slave to humans. end quote

That should tell us a lot about these radicals. They have a belief system that is so powerful they cannot consider ANY animal use as being good for the animals or for the human race. Now, that is their belief and they want to IMPOSE that belief on the rest of us in the USA. Consider again, they are only TWO PERCENT of the population and they want their ideas to control the other 98 percent, which is you and me and the many individuals we know who love our birds and animals, who enjoy meat and fish for food, who enjoy the zoo and like the idea of conservation of wildlife. The animal rights cultists don’t even want to conserve wildlife! They actually don’t seem to like animals. They just want to USE animals as their means of controlling the rest of us.

Because these animal rights radicals are making some headway in the US with their agenda, last year getting hundreds of laws passed in many states, it is extremely important that everyone who reads this article makes a point of educating family members, neighbors, friends, and the media when the opportunity appears. We need to educate everyone about this extremely dangerous agenda which would forever change our society, and not for the better. Not only would we lose our birds and animals, but even our health would be at risk due to the change of diet, the lack of new medical research and adequate testing of prescription drugs. This is a very very serious matter on which we all need to take action at every opportunity before we lose more freedoms regarding animals.

The rant above, against animal welfare organizations, shows the true intent of those behind Tanganyika Wildlife Park and the ZAA.

2015 Census

Note the USDA rarely actually counts animals.  They base this on the honor system of the person they are inspecting.

3 MOUNTAIN ANOA ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 NORTHERN/EURASIAN LYNX ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 PALLAS CAT ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 PYGMY HIPPOPOTAMUS ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
8 RATEL ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
11 RED KANGAROO ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
1 RED PANDA ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
5 SERVAL ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
3 SOUTHERN THREE-BANDED ARMADILLO ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
7 SPRINGBOK ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 WARTHOG ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
3 BLACK HOWLER NONHUMAN PRIMATES
6 DE BRAZZAS MONKEY NONHUMAN PRIMATES
15 EASTERN BLACK AND WHITE COLOBUS NONHUMAN PRIMATES
12 GUENON NONHUMAN PRIMATES
6 LAR GIBBON NONHUMAN PRIMATES
9 RUFFED LEMUR NONHUMAN PRIMATES
4 SIAMANG NONHUMAN PRIMATES
10 SILVERED LEAF MONKEY NONHUMAN PRIMATES
9 ALPACA OTHER FARM ANIMALS
1 CHINCHILLA OTHER FARM ANIMALS
38 GOAT OTHER FARM ANIMALS
1 LLAMA OTHER FARM ANIMALS
5 PIG PIG
32 EUROPEAN RABBIT RABBITS
4 CHEETAH WILD/EXOTIC FELINES
2 JAGUAR WILD/EXOTIC FELINES
4 LEOPARD WILD/EXOTIC FELINES
14 SNOW LEOPARD WILD/EXOTIC FELINES
5 TIGER WILD/EXOTIC FELINES

This feel good video makes people think that taking animals from the wild and sending them to cages in Kansas is helping conservation.

White lions are only produced through excessive inbreeding, so anyone who knows anything about conservation knows you would never breed white lions for any sort of conservation program.  It seems the crew at IAG/British Airway have no idea that they are assisting in the proliferation of big cats in cages in America by dealing with a known animal trader like Mike Bester in the video.

Can anyone tell me if the cubs in the video above came from the facility below?

 

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