Giraffe Cave Art at the NamibRand Nature Reserve
Picture credit: Namibnat
At first glance this morning, this news appeared to be a positive move, made by someone who had their heart and their power, in the right place, and was a cause for tremendous joy.
But then after reading further and seeking secondary and other stories for reference, it seems that all is not as it appears.
Paul Allen, the Billionaire philanthropist, who is seemingly strongly supportive of protecting Endangered Wildlife, has several not so nice personal blemishes, that must also be considered before we proceed to give him his Best Global Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Allen has introduced a measure to get on the Fall Ballots in Washington State, that will put a hurting on those who use the World’s most at risk wildlife to make a dirty income.
The measure, called Inititive 1401, has already reached, thanks to all of his volunteers in the field, the necessary number to get on to the Ballot in November.
This is a great thing.
What I am having trouble with, is the dark side of his company Vulcan and his sister Jody, who was the CEO, and has just stepped down after some very ugly issues about wildlife poaching and sexual harassment were brought to light by accusers who work for Allen’s company.
I will not go fully into these things, as they are well presented in the links below.
What I am interested in pointing out here is this.
When very rich, very powerful people make the news and receive gushing accolades without the public or the press, doing more than just a little background digging into the facts, bad things can happen.
In this case, Allen, who has passionately promoted this initiative in Washington, to save and protect wildlife, seems awesome, but something here is not right, and it all smells just a little rank, when you learn that he has regularly taken African Safaris and owns Tourist Lodges in Botswana.
Now add to this, the fact that his Company Vulcan, formerly run by his sister, has been taken to court and accused of smuggling, poaching and more.
All too often, people like Allen and his sister, are unlike you and me, frequently kept safely in a cocoon, so that the scandals, or dirt runs off of them and does not stain their pristine, public images.
My concern and primary reason for writing about this today is, that it would be so much easier to believe Allen and all the others who claim to be truly concerned about the welfare of Endangered Wildlife, if there was not so damn much money involved in all of this.
If, as you do so passionately profess Mr. Allen, you truly do wish to protect Endangered African Wildlife, may I suggest that you dispose of your African Tourist Lodges and suspend your Safari trips?
It would be wonderful to see those with so much wealth, using it to personally educate and enlighten the rest of the world to what is happening to the precious few wild animals that we have left, before they are all gone.
We absolutely must take this message out to the schools, to the young, who will become our next generation of protectors.
Sadly, access to excessive money can turn even the best people’s heads the wrong way and there is just too much at stake here.
The treacherous arms of Global Smugglers and Wildlife Traffickers can have very long tentacles, some are even said to be attached to Global Mobsters, that just may reach into even safe corners, including those of the well protected, well insulated, excessively wealthy.
Places to learn more:
Washington Rare Species Trafficking Measure, Initiative 1401 (2015)
Global Efforts to Stop Illicit Wildlife Trade: Are They Enough?
China Promises an End to Its Ivory Trade, While Some U.S. Politicians Pander to Wildlife Traffickers
Paul Allen: Seeking unbroken tall bones?
Paul Allen’s sister steps away from managing $17 bln fortune
Seahawks owner Paul Allen, sister settle as bodyguards claim smuggling, bribery
War threatens existence of wildlife species in South Sudan
Washington State Initiative Aims to Protect Iconic Animals Threatened With Extinction
Paul Allen bankrolls initiative to ban rare-species trafficking
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Thank you so much for sharing this. Very grateful to you!
You are most welcome!
What a scandal. So helping wildlife now is a pretext for covering up corruption and other scandals too! No wonder “going green” is such an excuse for huge businesses all over the world!
Now you see……
Thank you so much for the information 🙂
My ambition is to be the best messenger for all wildlife that I can be~
This is sad… But true around the world.
the press is for the nice stories.
for the rest, it is a money game
Exactly so. Thank you for your kind words!
Good to see you, Donna.
Thank you Dear Friend for this glorious message. God Bless….
Can’t judge a book by its cover!!! Dirty, rotten business.
When you have all of the money in the world, you can use the press to bend the truth or change the facts, as well as people’s minds and hearts……
Thanks for alerting me to this issue, as I still pay taxes and vote in Washington State. The last initiative Paul Allen funded was one in which King County residents were snookered into funding a 2nd stadium (they had already blown up one stadium to house the Seattle Mariners) to house his sports team, the Seattle Sea Hawks.
Thank you for your extremely important comment.
Insiders always know what is happening in their areas!