Namibia will not bow down to international pressure to ban trophy hunting and will seek regional support for this stance, says Cabinet.
The decision comes at a time when international organizations such the United Kingdom-based Born Free, are strongly opposed to the killing of any animal for sport or pleasure, and we want trophy hunting banned around the world.
At its second decision making meeting on Tuesday, Cabinet took note of international pressure against trophy hunting, according Information and Communication Technology Minister Stanley Simataa.
“Cabinet endorsed a Namibian campaign to promote conservation hunting and its benefits to local communities and the broader environment,” said Simataa.
“Cabinet supported the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in its quest to counter international pressure against trophy hunting.
“…And, Cabinet directed the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to circulate the information (Namibia strategy) to Namibian Missions abroad to sustain the campaign.”
Simataa also announced that Cabinet directed the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to engage and form partnerships with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries with the view to counteract international pressure against trophy hunting.
According to Born Free, nearly 300 000 trophy items were exported across the world between 2008 and 2017, as recorded by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Among these were nearly 40 000 trophy items from African elephants, just over 8,000 from leopards, and 14 000 from African lions, the organization says.