Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism recently made its stance on hunting very clear when it announced that it officially opposed any kind of hunting ban in the country. Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said that about 5,000 hunters visit the country annually. These hunters are instrumental in providing the necessary funds to protect conserved land such as game reserves, national parks, and communal conservancies. It is estimated that about 44 percent of Namibia’s total land area is made up of land under some form of conservation.

“Since Independence, Namibia has adopted legislations and policies aimed at promoting wildlife as a sustainable form of land use,” Shifeta told the Namibia Economist. “As a result of such efforts the wildlife populations have increased drastically and distribution range has expanded inside and outside national parks. Innovative policies and legislations underpin the conservation of wildlife in Namibia.”

There has been a recent upswing in calls for hunting bans in African nations. This became especially noticeable after the killing of Cecil, a famous black-maned lion in Zimbabwe, by American hunter Walter Palmer. Although the Zimbabwe government later cleared Palmer of all charges, the controversy generated by the hunt was enough to cause some airlines to ban the transport of hunting trophies. Activists also urged government officials across Africa to close their borders to hunters.

However, officials say that these activists fail to acknowledge the beneficial impact that hunters can have. Visiting hunters not only provide a economic impact, but they also provide the much-needed funds to manage national parks, pay wardens’ wages, and to protect the very animals they hunt.

Last month, one of Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserves announced that it is seeking to relocate or cull up to 200 lions after a decline in hunters. As the park is in the same country where Cecil was harvested, it generated some discussion on not only the long-term benefits of having hunters, but short-term benefits as well. Benefits such as managing game animals. For reserves like the Bubye Valley Conservancy, culling animals with hired sharpshooters or wardens would mean the loss of funds. Funds that could go towards maintaining the reserve or protecting the lions from poachers. In the end, the reserve clarified that it will mostly likely donate the lions to another reserve, but is having difficulty finding homes for all its surplus lions.

“I wish we could give about 200 of our lions away to ease the overpopulation,” Blondie Leathem, the conservancy’s general manager, told the National Post. “If anyone knows of a suitable habitat for them where they will not land up in human conflict, or in wildlife areas where they will not be beaten up because of existing prides, please let us know and help us raise the money to move them.”

Historically, the lion population in the reserve was managed partially by hunters, many of which stopped coming to Zimbabwe following the Cecil controversy. Namibia’s hunting industry has also experienced controversy of its own. In 2014, American hunter Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a rare permit to hunt black rhinos. The Namibian government offers five black rhino hunts each year, and they are generally regarded as among the world’s rarest hunting opportunities. Funds raised from the rhino hunts not only go back into rhino conservation, but overflow into other projects as well.

Namibia Information Minister Tjekero Tweya told the Namibian that the government is not only opposed to hunting bans, but will be actively campaigning against it.

“Cabinet directed the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to actively campaign against any attempt to ban or restrict hunting and the export of wildlife products from Namibia,” Tweya said.

Image from Kevin Pluck on the wikimedia Commons

What's Your Reaction?

Like
Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry

9 thoughts on “Namibia Goes on Record to Ban Hunting Bans

  1. Humans will not be happy until every last animal on this planet has been eliminated.Can’t wait until the human race realizes its mistake, then dies a slow, agonizing death. Too bad all the animals will be gone by then, unable to live on the earth that was theirs to begin with.

    1. You clearly have no grasp of wildlife population dynamics or conservation methods. It isn’t hunting that is reducing wildlife populations, it’s loss of habitat. And with the reduced habitat, wildlife populations would quickly multiply beyond sustainable capacity, which would rapidly be followed by starvation and disease. If you’re really worried about it, why not have your home bulldozed and replace it with wildlife habitat?

  2. Are you in any financial difficulty and need money urgently? Do you need a loan to setting up a new business or to expand your business urgently? Do you need a loan to pay off your bills or buy a house, car, or a personal loan? Are you confuse and don’t know what to do to get a loan? Worry no more because we will put an End to your Poverty by giving you a loan urgently. We offer loan at 2% per annual. E-mail us now: totalfundsdeposit@gmail.com

    1. Unsubscribe.

      From: Disqus
      To: mtmcmaken@yahoo.com
      Sent: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:35 AM
      Subject: Re: Comment on Namibia Goes on Record to Ban Hunting Bans

      #yiv8205859058 #yiv8205859058 a:hover, #yiv8205859058 a:hover span {color:#1188d2!important;}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058button-cta:hover {color:#ffffff!important;background-color:#1188d2!important;}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058button-cta:hover span {color:#ffffff!important;}#yiv8205859058 #yiv8205859058 #yiv8205859058 #yiv8205859058outlook a {padding:0;}#yiv8205859058 body {width:100% !important;}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058ReadMsgBody {width:100%;}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058ExternalClass {width:100%;display:block;}#yiv8205859058 @media screen and ( _filtered_a ){#yiv8205859058 html {}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058content {width:100%;}#yiv8205859058 table {border-collapse:collapse;}#yiv8205859058 h2.yiv8205859058headline {font-weight:700;font-size:20px!important;margin-bottom:5px;}#yiv8205859058 .yiv8205859058button-cta {display:block!important;padding:0!important;}#yiv8205859058 div.yiv8205859058header {padding-top:20px;}#yiv8205859058 div.yiv8205859058footer {padding-bottom:20px;}}#yiv8205859058 #yiv8205859058 p.yiv8205859058mod-tools a:hover {color:white!important;background:#8c989f!important;}#yiv8205859058 @media screen and ( _filtered_a ){#yiv8205859058 td.yiv8205859058avatar, #yiv8205859058 td.yiv8205859058spacer {width:38px!important;}#yiv8205859058 td.yiv8205859058avatar img, #yiv8205859058 td.yiv8205859058spacer img {width:28px!important;}}”Are you in any financial difficulty and need money urgently? Do you need a loan to setting up a new business or to expand your business urgently? Do you need a loan to pay off your bills or buy a house, car, or a personal loan? Are you confuse and don’t know what to do to get a loan? Worry no more because we will put an End to your Poverty by giving you a loan urgently. We offer loan at 2% per annual. E-mail us now: totalfundsdeposit@gmail.com” | |
      | |  Settings | |
      |   |

      | |

      | |
      |
      A new comment was posted on OutdoorHub
      |
      | |
      |
      | |
      davids
      Are you in any financial difficulty and need money urgently? Do you need a loan to setting up a new business or to expand your business urgently? Do you need a loan to pay off your bills or buy a house, car, or a personal loan? Are you confuse and don’t know what to do to get a loan? Worry no more because we will put an End to your Poverty by giving you a loan urgently. We offer loan at 2% per annual. E-mail us now: totalfundsdeposit@gmail.com 5:35 a.m., Wednesday Sept. 7 | Other comments by davids |   |
      |
      |   | Reply to davids |   |

      |
      |   |

      |

      |
      | |

      | |

      | |
      | You’re receiving this message because you’re signed up to receive notifications about activity on Namibia Goes on Record to Ban Hunting Bans. You can unsubscribe from emails about activity on Namibia Goes on Record to Ban Hunting Bans by replying to this email with “unsubscribe” or reduce the rate with which these emails are sent by adjusting your notification settings. | | |

      | |

  3. Are you in need of a loan? Do you want to pay off your bills? Do you want to be financially stable? All you have to do is to contact us for more information on how to get started and get the loan you desire. This offer is open to all that will be able to repay back in due time. Note-that repayment time frame is negotiable and at interest rate of 2% just email us Loanfinance121@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *