MET concerned about stance on trophy hunting

05 Sep 2015 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is concerned about the stance taken by some airlines to not transport hunting trophies as cargo.
Deputy MET Minister Tommy Nambahu made this statement at an international anti-poaching fundraiser gala dinner hosted by the Big Game Committee of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) in the capital on Thursday.
As the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)’s 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP), to be hosted in South Africa in 2016 draws closer, the deputy minister raised the concern saying it is very likely that some importing countries will use the recent incidents involving trophy hunting as justification to prohibit non-commercial imports such as hunting trophies.
“These are over-reactions that are grossly unfair to countries where sustainable and ethical trophy hunting is practiced as part of conservation and rural development programmes,” he noted.
Following the recent illegal hunt of now famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil, some 1.3 million people have signed a global online petition by Saturday morning calling for the United States of America and European Union to ban the import of hunting trophies.
Although some global leaders are already in favour of the hunting trophy ban, the petition needs a total number of 1.5 million online signatures.
Cecil was a collard lion from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and was part of a study programme at the time it was shot and killed by an American dentist on 01 July 2015.
Nambahu urged all hunters and others in the hunting profession, including all members of NAPHA, to uphold the highest standards and professionalism in ethics and adherence to the legislation of the MET.
“International attention is now focused on everything we do and it is essential that a great deal of discipline and control is exercised,” he stressed.
The gala dinner was accompanied by an auction, which raised N. dollars 1.7 million to be used for the establishing of anti-poaching units, training, arming and maintenance among others.