NAMIBIA URGED TO SUSPEND HUNTING PERMITS

Michael Trout - Aug 24, 2009
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Dropping levels of animals as well as unethical behavior of hunters made Namibia suspend issuing of hunting permits although the industry represents an essential part of the country’s income. The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism is urged to suspend the issuing of leopard and cheetah trophy-hunting permits for 2010. Thanks to the Namibian Professional Hunting Association (Napha) the Cheetah Trophy Hunting Permits and Leopard Trophy Hunting Permits for 2009 stopped to be issued on 24 April and 15 June respectively. Napha wants the moratorium on the permits to be extended to 2010 so that the population can regenerate. According to Napha, an urgent action was necessary to save the reputation of Namibia and also to secure sustainability of the sector. Trophy hunting as the biggest tourism related contributor to the country’s GDP is regarded as an important part of Namibian tourism industry. Napha has been expressing its worries about the sustainability of the trophy hunting sector for long time. The organization points out numerous reports of unethical behavior of unqualified hunters like e.g. the use of hounds. In many cases the hunted animal is trapped and then released just in front of the dogs, who chase it to a tree not far away. Another practice is to trap the animal and sometimes even drug it and then release it in front of a hunter so that he or she has an easy shot.  Consequently the excessive hunting over many years has lead to destruction of the local leopard and cheetah populations. For past two decades, some 200 leopard trophies were exported per year but in 2008 the number grew to 300. Since Napha encourages hunting in an ethical and sustainable manner, they also requested a temporary suspension on hunting leopards with hounds. The practice is criticized by most professional hunters.  Related:KAZA: THE WORLD’S LARGEST ANIMAL KINGDOM

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  1. I am appalled by this article. Well, I am glad to see that the hunting permits have been suspended. What kind of human goes out and kills beautiful animals like the leopard and cheetah. Those hunters should be ashamed of themselves. These are creatures just like you and I. How would you feel if you were being hunted for fun?
    This type of act should be banished in all countries across the world. We are all meant to live on this planet together in harmony. All people present and future should be able to experience all that there is to offer on this planet that includes all fauna and flora. We all have a right to live our lives.
    Who are we to decide which animals can live and which can not. I am ashamed of being associated with these killers. You are endangering the populations of specific types of animals. It makes me sick to think that people are out taking the lives from innocent animals. They just want to live their lives like you and I.

    (Canada)

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