PROGRESS OR PERIL
If the NFL Players Association succeeds in eliminating the option clause during negotiations beginning this week with management (page 62), the next move, Executive Director Ed Garvey hints, might be toward a worldwide union of professional athletes, maybe even including college students on athletic scholarships. "Why not?" asks Garvey. "We expect to merge with the Canadian players group as well as take on the players who join the World Football League."
Probably this is only a trial balloon. Garvey likes this sort of thing. But it is a disturbing prospect with plenty of why nots?—concerning bigness, individual freedoms, international cartels and reprisals, to mention a few.
It is now official. The day of the big-game hunter with his high-velocity rifles and a file of native porters is finished in Tanzania. In the future, the only shooting in the land Ernest Hemingway hunted—and later wrote about in Green Hills of Africa and The Snows of Kilimanjaro—will be with cameras.
Appalled by the slaughter of elephants and other wildlife through widespread killing by gangs using modern weapons and powerful trucks, President Julius Nyerere's government last September imposed a six-month ban on all forms of commercial hunting. The ban has been made permanent.
Tanzania's 11 million tribespeople still will be permitted to kill game to feed their families. "But the villagers will be issued a list of animals they can hunt for food," said B. Mulokozi, principal secretary in the Bureau of Natural Resources and Tourism. "Of course, we can't allow them to kill every animal."
Mulokozi said that professional hunters would no longer be able to operate and that serious measures would be taken against anyone found selling or buying such game trophies as elephant-foot umbrella stands, zebra-skin billfolds and antelope-leg bedside lamps. No loss.
A spokesman for an old established safari firm in neighboring Kenya believes the hunting ban probably is going to cost Tanzania thousands of pounds a year in lost tourist trade. "A lot of white hunters in that country already have left," he says, "and the rest are leaving for jobs elsewhere."