Sunday, 7 December 2014

Bushmen appeal to be allowed to hunt and not be regarded as poachers

Ahead of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the United States, a Botswana Bushman leader appealed to Prince William for help in recognising that tribal peoples who hunt for food are not poachers.

Prince William was travelling to launch his “United for Wildlife” initiative in the United States – a consortium of conservation organisations such as Conservation International and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) aiming to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

However, campaigned have said that this risks criminalising tribal peoples such as the Bushmen in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Baka “Pygmies” in Cameroon by failing to openly acknowledge their rights to live on their ancestral land and hunt for food.

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