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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 07:20 PM

*ready for headline?* Armed, Vegan Troop of All-Women Bad Asses, Taking Down Poachers

Armed, Vegan Troop of All-Women Bad Asses, Taking Down Poachers along Africa’s Zambezi Left and Right



(EnviroNews World News) — The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) has recruited women to protect the world’s natural heritage along Africa’s Zambezi River. The Akashinga, or “Brave Ones,” is a privately-funded, highly-trained, vegan group of local women from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds assigned to protect the Lower Zambezi Ecosystem along the Zambian and Zimbabwean border. The goal is to recruit 2,000 women in an effort to protect 30 million acres of African wild lands by 2030.

Founded in early 2017 by former Australian Special Operations soldier Damien Mander as part of his approach to end poaching in Africa, the Akashinga is the first fully armed, all-women, anti-poaching team in Africa. (The Black Mambas of South Africa are the first female anti-poaching team; they are unarmed.)




The choice for Mander to go vegan, and also insist on his team being vegan, hinged on the realization that they were going out to protect one group of animals and coming back to eat another. He couldn’t live with that hypocrisy, and wanted to protect his team from the scrutiny it would surely receive if members were still eating meat.

His experience in Iraq with American female soldiers helped change his mind. His training experience with the Akashinga solidified his belief.

“Thirty-six women started our training, modeled on our special-forces training, and we pushed them hard, much harder than any training we do with men — we put them through hell,” Mander told The Guardian. “Only three dropped out. I couldn’t believe it.”

https://www.environews.tv/world-news/091319-armed-vegan-troop-of-all-women-bad-asses-taking-down-poachers-along-africas-zambezi-left-and-right/

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Reply *ready for headline?* Armed, Vegan Troop of All-Women Bad Asses, Taking Down Poachers (Original post)
underpants Dec 2019 OP
cwydro Dec 2019 #1
paleotn Dec 2019 #7
NJCher Dec 2019 #2
Beringia Dec 2019 #3
dweller Dec 2019 #4
calimary Dec 2019 #5
paleotn Dec 2019 #6
rickyhall Dec 2019 #8
SCVDem Dec 2019 #9
Raine Dec 2019 #11
byronius Dec 2019 #10
Judi Lynn Dec 2019 #12
JudyM Dec 2019 #13

Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 07:23 PM

1. Why "much harder than any training we do with men?

Why not the same training?

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Response to cwydro (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 09:14 PM

7. To be better.

To be better than their advisories. Tough environment. Even tougher job. And the training is not just physical. It's mental.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 07:23 PM

2. this is going to be a movie someday

eom

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 07:29 PM

3. Great story, but I doubt he will make them vegans


That comes from a person's conscience. They may follow his rules when they are around him though.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 07:45 PM

4. i wonder how he trains his landscape crew ...

🤔

✌🏼

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 08:55 PM

5. I LOVE this! LOVE it!

Put a woman in charge. It’ll get handled.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 09:12 PM

6. Very impressive.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 09:24 PM

8. Trump, Jr. better watch out.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 09:29 PM

9. The Vegan part is irrelevant as humans are omnivores!

 

BUT! I respect the hell out of these women and their mission!

From this old Marine. Semper Fi!

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 03:10 AM

11. It's not irrelevant to a vegan

it's a great thing to hear!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:20 PM

10. I love this.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 03:24 AM

12. Thank you, underpants. What a perfect article to see right now. May their number grow. n/t

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 11:36 AM

13. Most inspiring news I've read in a long time.

Thanks for posting this, underpants!


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