Napha organises anti-poaching dinner and auction

04 Aug 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – The Big Game Committee of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) will next month host a dinner and auction to raise funds for anti-poaching initiatives.
The event is slated for 03 September 2015 and will take place under the theme ‘Hunters United Against Poaching’ with items for auction valued at more than N.dollars 1.9 million.
A media statement issued by NAPHA on Tuesday said auction items include five big-game hunts; 13 trophy plains-game hunts; and 11 ‘biltong’ hunts.
“We hereby appeal to all public, private as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to take hands with the rest of the country and address the escalating poaching problems by generously donating towards this joint venture initiative in the fight against poaching.
“Funds raised will be used to establish anti-poaching units, training, arming and maintaining thereof and providing of appropriate kits for anti-poaching units,” it stressed.
All profits from the auction will be paid into a trust fund managed by members of NAPHA’s executive committee and Big Game committee in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Anti-poaching units established already to fight the increase of poaching in the country include the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Palmwag concession anti-poaching unit, and the Conserving Our Valuable Rhino and Elephant (COVER).
As a country with a vast landscape that varies and accommodates numerous species, Namibia is battling poaching, particularly rhinoceroses that attract tourists and environmentalists alike.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region, some 62 rhinos have been poached in the Etosha National Park area since 2008.