MET warns against wildlife cruelty

09 Aug 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is offering a reward for anyone with information on a video of men stoning an oryx to death that is circulating on social media.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Malan Lindeque at a media briefing here on Wednesday said further details on the reward for anyone with information on the culprits will be released at a later stage.
The gruesome video shows the unknown men, who speak Afrikaans, stoning the animal before grabbing it by the horns and cutting its throat.
A voice is heard in the background asking for “another long knife from the car”.
It is not known where and when the incident occurred, but investigations are underway.
Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta at the same media briefing warned people who make themselves guilty of cruelty towards animals.
“The ministry totally discourages such behaviour and any person caught brutalising wildlife will be prosecuted,” he said.
He also warned against posing for photos with dead wildlife and posting such pictures on social media.
“No one, with or without a permit, is allowed to make such pictures public as the law will definitely take action against them. If pictures of this nature are taken, they should be kept private,” he said.
Both Shifeta and Lindeque urged Namibians to report any form of cruelty towards wildlife.