ANTI-HUNTING Just Cost Namibia (And Its Wildlife) This Astronomical Amount

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on December 14, 2015

The ANTI-Hunting idiots just keep sealing the fate of wildlife with their ridiculous and unscientific approach to management.

And if it keeps up, there’ll be no wildlife left to “save.”

ANTI-HUNTING Just Cost Namibia (And Its Wildlife) This Astronomical Amount

Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.

Shifeta said the hunt received negative publicity from people who did not understand the principle of conservation through sustainable utilisation.

“The permit sold for US$350,000, but could have generated more than US$1 million, which was in fact the offer on the table as confirmed by Dallas Safari Club, but which was withdrawn shortly before the auction due to pressure from anti-hunting lobbyists. One could, therefore, say that the lobby groups cost Namibia’s rhino conservation initiative US$650,000, as the total proceeds from the auction were ear-marked to go to the Namibia Game Products Trust Fund and would have been distributed among a number of rhino conservation projects,” said Shifeta at the 42nd annual general meeting of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA).

Shifeta explained that scientists from his ministry select mature, post-reproductive black rhino that have previously been identified as overtly aggressive and which pose a serious threat to herd growth and sustainability for the hunt. “Such animals often charge and kill younger bulls, cows and also calves. These facts are well substantiated, and are very much at the core of our ministry’s strategic effort to reduce natural herd mortality,” said Shifeta.

Meanwhile, the hunt for the identified black rhino was delayed due to the hold-up for more than a year of the issuing of an import permit for the black rhino trophy because of pressure by animal rights activists on the U.S. government.

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