Namibia culls elephants to ‘protect crops and farmers’

Namibia culls elephants to ‘protect crops and farmers’

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Ten have been shot by wildlife authorities in as part of a cull after the animals moved into farming areas, destroying crops during harvest season.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said the elephants were culled as they endangered human lives and were marked as dangerous.

Romeo Muyunda added that the decision was necessary to protect farmers and their crops. Meat from the felled elephants was given to members of the communities whose harvests had been trampled.

He said: “Normally during this season people are terrorised by elephants. We had no choice but to be proactive.”

The of elephants which cause problems for farmers and their crops is a last resort if no other solution can be found, said Mr Muyunda. Other methods that must be deemed unviable before permission is granted include administering contraception and relocation of the herds.

Ministers in South Africa have previously called the issue of elephant population management “devilishly complex” and it divided game managers and animals rights groups for years.

That country banned culling in 1995 but reintroduced it in 2008 after elephant populations boomed from 8,000 to nearly 20,000 in just over a decade.

Namibia is one of a number of other African nations trying to balance protection for the species with managing the dangers they pose when their territories are encroached upon by human habitation.

This article was first published by The Independent on 25 May 2020. Lead Image Source: The culling of elephants in Africa was banned in 1995 but reintroduced in 2008 following a population boom (Getty Images/iStockphoto).


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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Cull some of the human population instead or at least, offer birth control. Killing these elephants because it was the last resort…..BS, they were killed through sheer spite that they were looking for food, food that would have been provided if the farmers hadn’t TAKEN the land away from the elephants in the first instance. Oh don’t forget, the murdered elephants were then hacked to pieces to FEED THE VILLAGERS…….

Leigh Lofgren

Shame on Namibia

Maya Ramaswamy

who invented the word “cull” ??? why not call it like it is – mass murder.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

No words that are printable

Kathleen Colley
Kathleen Colley

It is the human population that needs culling! There are almost 8million people on the planet, with most of them in Africa and India. They need contraception to be compulsory in Africa and India – their lives are miserable and hopeless due to too many mouths to feed. It is a no brainer.

Diane
Diane

Rather than controlling the elephant numbers by killing them – after all, the elephants are only going onto land which has been part of their historic movements, in the light of the fact that the world is overpopulated by humans, wouldn’t it be better for ALL wildlife if there was more control over the unfettered increase in the human population?

Doneraile
Doneraile

The issue of elephant population management and human encroachment habitation is “devilishly complex” and a seminental shame. Let us hope the killing of the 10 elephants will solve the immediate problem or at least put a long term delay on the next cull. Villagers shared the elephant meat.

Janet Kenedy

THEY NEED TO STOP THE POPULATION GROWTH TO PROTECT THE WILDLIFE!!. I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO OVERPOPULATE!!. I CARE MORE ABOUT WILDLIFE THAN I DO MOST PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD!!. IT’S SAD ENOUGH THAT POACHERS AND TROPHY HUNTERS KILL FOR MONEY AND TO BRAG!!.

george mira

You are correct – in the last hundred years Africa’s human population grew by over 15x, while elephant populations were killed off to less than 10% of their population size by the present. A note on the exploding human population on another once-magnificent megafaunaed continent, North America: Now, I have seen the U S human population grow by over 3x, with some formerly healthy ecosystems turned completely from natural to the dead cement urban dispute and violent human density. The entire Interstate autobahn system here spawned immense strings of human urban hell, excluding passage for native wildlife. Back to Africa:… Read more »

prairiegal
prairiegal

Actually it should be the overpopulated human species that should have been culled. Certainly more of those than elephants who are only doing what comes naturally. It’s there home. Sick and tired of worthless humans who don’t care at all about the lives of other species.