Zimbabwe – a country in Africa – will soon allow the shooting of 500 elephants this year for profit purposes.
Wild elephants in Africa.
Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the Zimbabwean Wildlife Parks Authority, said Wednesday that the drop in tourism revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the main reasons for the move.
“We eat what we kill. We have a budget of about 25 million dollars, partly from sports hunting. You know, the income from tourism is gone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.” – CNN quoted spokesman Farawo as saying.
Wild elephants in Africa. Photo: AFP
The announcement comes just weeks after the African wild elephant was declared critically endangered and the African savanna was declared endangered.
Simiso Mlevu, a spokesman for the Center for Natural Resources Management, said the decision to allow elephant hunting was “terrible”.
“We strongly condemn hunting for sport or recreational purposes. It is an activity that incites wildlife and escalates conflict between man and nature. and witnessing his fellow being shot down meaninglessly avenge the locals who didn’t take their guard. ”
Mlevu added: “Contrary to the government’s argument that this is meant to aid conservation, this activity is actually driven by greed. More creative and more environmentally friendly measures are needed. to improve tourism and photography revenue generation.
Not only Zimbabwe allows the hunting of elephants for a fee. Last December, Namibia (Africa) brought 170 “high value” wild elephants for sale due to drought.