NGOs accuse MET of licensing to kill desert elephants

04 Sep 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – Desert Elephants and Friends, a non-governmental organisation, has accused the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of not considering alternatives before issuing hunting permits for three problem desert elephants to be killed.
Another organisation called Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation in a separate statement said MET should at least produce the problem animal’s rap sheet showing its destructive record before issuing a licence for it to be killed.
“MET have not responded to any of our queries for the rap sheet of a problem elephant,” said Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation in its statement.
“It will just be shot,” reads the online petition by Desert Elephants and Friends, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to fight for the lives of elephants to be preserved.
The petition also asks for the world-renowned elephants to be declared a national treasure.
It is estimated that only five big resident bulls remain in the Ugab region, two being prime breeding bulls between 30 and 45 years old and three mature breeding bulls between 25 and 30.
Among these, the magnificent 'Voortrekker' could be one of the two trophies to be felled.
The Namibian Government, according to the statement, has been and is still granting hunting permits for elephants despite a public outcry and the obvious questionability of killing elephants for sport from already low and declining populations.
Chief Public Relations Officer at MET, Romeo Muyunda, in response to the allegation said he was not aware of the exact deduction by these organisations but told Nampa on Monday that the destruction of animals is the last option to be considered.
“We only kill when the animal puts human lives and property in danger,” he said.
Muyunda claimed there were some international organisations that are against Namibia’s trophy hunting methods, adding that the Human Wildlife Conflict Management is a national policy and there is no way the MET will overlook it.
(NAMPA)
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