Saturday, 14 November 2009
USAIN BOLT ADOPTS A CHEETAH, ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE FURIOUS
Usain St. Leo Bolt, the twenty three year old Jamaican sprinter and three-time Olympic gold medalist is under fire from an animal rights group CCF [Cheetah Conservation Fund], headquartered in the Southern African state of Namibia, the country with the largest and healthiest population of Cheetahs in the world.
Bolt was subsequently served with a written notice through the CCF lawyers to give back “baby lightning bolt”, the 3 month old cub back to the Kenyan conservation team or else, face due legal recourse for 'blatant adoption of an indigenous and endangered species' after which the conservation body would slap the Kenyan conservation team with a civil suit for custody of “baby bolt” because as they said,
“it was obvious their Kenyan counterparts had clearly failed in their duty to protect the weak and endangered in society”.
Usain Bolt's legal team decided to ignore the threats but this only made the conservationists angry and they sent another strongly worded letter threatening to sue against a more serious charge of 'Cheetah trafficking' which in Namibian courts holds a maximum sentence of wiping after Cheetah pooh at a zoo for at least twenty years, with no possibility of parole.
“ we want this 'Husain' case to be a case study to any non-African who thinks they can just walk into Africa for a holiday, or charity, childbirth, or photo-op or something then just walk away with an African baby Cheetah after splashing some big money around” said Dr. Mpho-Waji Babatunde, vice-chairperson of the not-for-profit fund during a press conference in Otjiwarongo, a city in the Ortzojozndupa region of Namibia.
Eventually, Bolts legal team relented and agreed to an out of court settlement promising to donate double the amount they used to buy “lightning bolt” which was US$ 13,700 to the conservancy. They also promised to give triple the amount pledged for the cubs upkeep, originally US$ 3,000 for general conservation work at the Okavango Basin.
But before any champagne glasses could be set to celebrate their scoop, the Cat lovers were informed that the deal was off. Our correspondent in Malawi informed us the lawyers who represented Madonna in the baby Banda case had contacted Bolt's legal team.
It was further revealed by our Nairobi correspondent that “lightning bolt”, the fastest animal in the world, though [legally or illegally] adopted by the fastest man in the world wasn't leaving the Nairobi animal Orphanage after all, for the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean.