Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Controversy grows as first desert elephant shot

Posted by: CJ Carrington / posted on June 23rd, 2014

With the world still reeling from the tragic poaching death of Satao, the iconic Kenyan tusker, news that Namibia has just followed through on killing the first of the Namibian Desert Elephants on Saturday, is causing another outcry.

The Namibian Government, seemingly unfazed by the recent international outrage and negative publicity surrounding the issuing of up to six permits to hunt desert elephants, ignored offers by conservationists to buy these permits to save the elephants and allowed hunters to shoot the first of these elephants last Saturday.

The elephant nicknamed ‘Delta’ was shot in a non-trophy hunt operated by Nick Nolte Hunting Safaris – the same hunting outfitter that had rejected an alternative offer from lodge owner Basil Calitz, who commented: ‘If it was truly a case of the communities benefitting from own use, why was the offer to purchase the permit, replace the meat, and set up sustainable food production programs denied? The long-term benefit, financial and otherwise, would have far surpassed this controversial and suspiciously timed kill.’

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