Cabinet says a ban on trophy hunting may have a negative impact on wildlife conservation

WINDHOEK: Cabinet says a ban on trophy hunting may have a negative impact on wildlife conservation in Namibia.

A media statement issued by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya on Friday said funds generated from trophy hunting are utilised for wildlife conservation locally.

The statement said Cabinet has noted with serious concern that in the aftermath of the shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter, international organizations are advocating for a ban on trophy hunting.

As a result some airlines have already banned the transportation of products from protected huntable game.

Almost 20 major international airlines and carriers, including Delta, United Airlines, Air Canada and Air France changed their shipment policies to exclude hunting trophies following the international outcry caused by the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of an American trophy hunter in July 2015.

Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has also previously warned that the ban on trophy hunting and the shipping of hunting trophies will have dire consequences, not only for the Namibian economy, but also for the country’s renowned conservation efforts.

Tweya said Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to follow closely the developments in this regard and update Cabinet at appropriate times.