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Big Game Hunters Want to Displace the Maasai People, Stewards of a Threatened Land. Please Sign Petition.

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The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to make way for rich hunters, people were beaten by the police, their homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of starvation. But when a press controversy fol

lowed, Tanzanian President Kikwete reversed course and returned the Maasai to their land. This time, there hasn’t been a big press controversy yet, but we can change that and force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our voices now.If 150,000 of us sign, media outlets in Tanzania and around the world will be blitzed so President Kikwete gets the message to rethink this deadly deal. Sign the petition now and send to everyone.
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CLICK [ HEREto Sign Petition Please.
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At any moment, a big-game hunting corporation could sign a deal which would force up to 48,000 members of Africa’s famous Maasai tribe from their land to make way for wealthy Middle Eastern kings and princes to hunt lions and leopards. Experts say the Tanzanian President’s approval of the deal may be imminent, but if we act now, we can stop this sell-off of the Serengeti.The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to make way for rich hunters, people were beaten by the police, their homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of starvation. But when a press controversy followed, Tanzanian President Kikwete reversed course and returned the Maasai to their land. This time, there hasn’t been a big press controversy yet, but we can change that and force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our voices now.If 150,000 of us sign, media outlets in Tanzania and around the world will be blitzed so President Kikwete gets the message to rethink this deadly deal. Sign the petition now and send to everyone.
Indigenous Stewards of a Threatened Land
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For thousands of years, Maasailand has been a place of cultivated harmony between humans and wildlife. Dependent on productive grazing lands for their herds of cattle and goats, we Maasai have always been custodians of the natural habitat. Maasai people see the land itself as a sacred, living entity, a source of medicine and a place of worship to be protected for future generations. The Maasai neither hunt nor eat wild game. The wildlife of Maasailand has benefited from centuries of Maasai land tenure.

Maasai childrenAnthropologists believe that the Maasai have lived in the same land for thousands of years. Today, this land is part of the nations of Kenya and Tanzania. An estimated 400,000 Maasai people live here today, with over half residing in Tanzania. In both nations, the Maasai people lack adequate representation in the decisions that affect our land and our livelihoods, and we have been vulnerable to economic marginalization, cultural exploitation, and constant violation of our cultural and human rights.
Maasai woman
Until recent years, we have retained much of our traditional way of life. But our culture’s survival depends on the survival of the land. As a rural, traditional people whose culture instills a strong code of honesty, many of us have been poorly equipped to defend our rights in the modern legal and economic world. Maasai people have been dispossessed of land, often by powerful, wealthy interests who manipulate land tenure laws to their own advantage.

Between 1978 and 1998, the Maasai lost over 1.5 million acres of land to development, tourist facilities, large-scale farming, and other interests. In particular, the rapid growth of the tourism industry in both Kenya and Tanzania has had a negative impact on the environment and the livelihood of the indigenous Maasai people. The uncontrolled development of modern tourist facilities threatens the ecosystems both within the wildlife reserves and in the adjacent communal Maasai grazing lands.

“As a global community, we all have a role to play to ensure the future of this priceless heritage for the sake of unborn generations.”

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Posted on August 16, 2012, in ALERTS and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The government is all about greed and slaughter. Mainly Obama and his cronies. I guess he actually is looking at himself as a one-term president and wants to control where he might be living. This is one of the most corrupt governments and presidents in the history of mankind. They have no respect for life be it man or mammal. God put us and the animals here because that was in His greater plan. It’s not for the government to infiltrate and change with their greed and corruption. People are watching you….many people.

    • you have the nerve to invoke “gods” name in your hyperbolic rant? please, you have no concept of god. god does not hate, god judges. and you will be lacking in the final judgement. HATE IS STUPID. you rant against obama, why? because you are of another party? you might want to check WHO are the big game hunters. wealthy business men, a majority of whom are REPUBLICAN.

  2. Sorry…meant President Kikwete. They all seem to come out of the same sewers eventually. How sad for our world.

    • no you did not mean President Kikwete, you said exactly what you meant. equating one with the other to “balance” your racist view. what, you think our POTUS was born in africa? you are a disgrace to america and intelligent white people.

  3. annielittlehawk

    great job on putting all this information together in one place, thank you so much!

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