Friday, 22 August 2014

Trophy hunting is back in Zambia

Zambia’s 2013 ban on hunting has been lifted, its Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, has announced. This means hunting wildlife, with the exception of big cats, is now legal across the 19 hunting blocks.

Ms Kapata said that the hunting will be conducted under laid down conditions and strict supervision from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the ban on big cats will remain until a survey on lion population numbers is complete.

Hunting elephants, though, will be allowed. This news comes at the same time as new research has revealed that an estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012 and elephant population numbers are declining by two per cent to three per cent a year. This effectively means that more of the animals are being killed than are being born.

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