Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

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After 20 months, has lifted its ban on , allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country’s Tourism and Art’s Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenue to the Wild Life Authority (ZAWA).

The ban on hunting still extends to the country’s big cats, however. The government will survey their numbers and propose sustainability measures before any hunting would begin. Zambia is home to lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

The ban proved controversial in Zambia and led to the downfall of the previous Tourism and Arts Minister, Sylvia Masebo. After canceling already-awarded hunting concessions, Masebo was brought before a tribunal and found guilty of abuse of power. She was fired by current President Sata for lying under oath when she testified that Sata told her to cancel the hunting concessions.

Desert elephants in Namibia. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

has long been a contentious issue in sub-Saharan Africa. A recent decision to allow a trophy hunter to kill a —a —in Namibia sparked a number of major media stories and a social media war. Namibia faced another controversy when it allowed trophy hunters to kill desert elephants, which are only found in Namibia and Mali.

Trophy hunters often argue that by paying large rates to shoot and kill Africa’s animals, they bring in much-needed revenue for local communities and conservation work. However, some conservationists argue that in the midst of a massive crisis—largely targeting elephants and rhinos—as well as rapidly declining populations of everything from lions to , trophy hunting not only adds another threat to species survival, but sends the wrong message to the public. A recent study found that Africa’s big mammals have been halved in just 40 years

This article was first published by Mongabay.com on 09 Sep 2014.

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Jessica Lee Price

Everything is always about money to these people! One day when all of our wildlife have been killed there will be nothing left for their tourism or wildlife industry! And that's not even saying anything about the disgusting nature of this so-called "sport"! If you find pleasure in murdering an innocent creature you are sick!

Jd Creager
Jd Creager

Who pays to keep the water holes pumped up? YOU, NO! Hunting does!!!

Delbert Smith
Delbert Smith

Who pays for the care of the animals? Not the bunny huggers! Its the Professional Hunters and their clients.

Jane Mcconnell
Jane Mcconnell

shame on us, its not the africans who are killing these beautiful creatures. We over in the over privileged countries need to start to pay for these animals to survive. Let us ‘buy’ the living animal in the same way it is sold to die. It is the people who pay to kill who are duisgusting and need to be eradicated off the face of the earth.

Maureen Ellen McGill

Shame on this country, elephants need protection they are disappearing through poaching and hunting. Who runs this country? Somebody really anti environment and without compassion or love for his/her Zambia.

Susan Frudd

Why can't they ever come up with an alternative to killing the wildlife, it's all for greed and the sick egos of the sad ignorant people who get some sort of kick out of killing. Shame on Zambia they should be protecting not destroying…..

Peter Deelen
Peter Deelen

This are the devils on earth who do this andf only for the money this not the human, they destroy the animal world completely out, this is to cry !!!!

Idrea Ramaci
Idrea Ramaci

ZERO TOLERANCE. STOP ALL KILLING NOW!!!!!!!!!!

Fran Occupy Hoef-Bouchard
Fran Occupy Hoef-Bouchard

Why can't the Minister, Jean Kapata of the Arts come up with more creative ways to raise money? I am mean he is the Minister of ART for god sakes. Caving to the demands of thrill kill hunters is another sad reflection on Africa as a whole.

Leigh Lofgren

This is horrific and such a setback…..what is wrong with those people and hunting MUST be stopped along with poaching….they are decimating Africa's wildlife and SHAME on you Zambia, but again, money trumps all

Bob Bushell

Horrible money sharks.