Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cost of Hunting Bans Versus Sustainable Wildlife Use

Remember how people all over the world cried and shouted for Cecil the Lion?

What have they done for the people of Africa?

At the Breakfast Press Round Table organized in Brussels during the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, representatives from the ministries of environment and departments of wildlife of several African nations wondered that so many people would show such an outpouring of concern for a lion they had never heard of before and yet show such lack of care for the African people who must live with lions.

Zimbabwe's Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water & Climate, P. Mupazviriho had this to say: "When we speak of sustainable utilization, we must think about what that means for us and for the animals in order to understand more clearly what hunting bans would mean. We have observed those who agitated so much for Cecil the lion, but we have not seen any of those people put any resources into the communities that must live with these animals. Other than noise, they have offered no alternatives to the income hunting generates for conservation and for our communities.

"Those who say, 'Ban hunting' are not the people who must live with these animals. And it is these same animals that we all want to protect that will be adversely affected by hunting bans."

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NAMIBIA: WARNING Leopard Hunting


From the Namibia Professional Hunting Association News-Desk (2016/04/08)

Just wanted to share this with everyone, if you've booked a Leopard hunt in Namibia this year, you should contact your outfitter if he or she sold you a discounted so-called Leopard "management / non-exportable / problem animal" hunt.

No Leopard can be legally hunted without a MET Leopard tag in Namibia which then qualifies the hunter to legally export the trophy from Namibia.

Kindly insist to see the paperwork/tag before you book a Leopard hunt, failing to hunt on a legal Leopard permit with a tag is illegal in terms of the Nature Conservation Ordinance and any person who is found to offer such hunts is not only in breach of the NAPHA Code of Conduct, he or she is also in breach of the Law and could be subject to prosecution.

Please conduct all hunting responsibly and in the best interest of long term hunting.

SOUTH AFRICA: Ban Leopard Hunting for 2016

12/04/2016 #VieranasSafaris 

South Africa Withholds 2016 Leopard Hunting Permits

No leopard hunting will be possible in The Republic of South Africa (RSA) for 2016. That's because South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has withheld the quota and no hunting licenses will be issued. The de facto closure is due to a recommendation by DEA's scientific department, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The Hunting Report learned of this development from Stan Burger, president of PHASA (Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa) and Tharia Unwin, CEO of PHASA. Burger says SANBI believes South Africa's leopard population is in decline but has not presented any research to support that conclusion. Another reason DEA gave to withhold the quota is that the North West Province failed to provide any of the required information for the DEA to make a nondetriment finding in their leopard offtake.

Burger says PHASA is seeking legal action to overturn the DEA's decision. He says the agency used only the input of an outside conservation organization that is devoted to the preservation of wild cats, and did not seek input from PHASA or other groups. If and when permits are issued again, we will notify subscribers via an Email Extra Bulletin.

If you have already booked a leopard hunt for this year, be aware that your operator has no leopard permit for 2016 and will not receive one unless DEA's decision is overturned.
-The Hunting Report. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief

Monday, March 21, 2016

NAMIBIA: 2016 Discounted Cancellation Hunt

CANCELLATION HUNT – August 01 - 10, 2016

Vieranas Hunting Safaris in Namibia is offering a cancellation hunt at 50% less on standard hunt prices.
- 7x full hunt days / 8x nights in camp
- Return road transfer Airport/ Hunt Area

One Hunter / One pH 1x1
= $1800 per hunter (normal price $3600)
Two Hunters / One pH 2x1
= $1500 per hunter (normal price $3000)

Contact VIERANAS SAFARIS in Namibia for more information.

NAMIBIA: 26 Years of Independence

Celebrating 26 Years of Peace and Stability - Congratulations NAMIBIA

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NAMIBIA: NAPHA position paper on hunting as conservation tool

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The Namibian Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA) has released a position paper on the value of hunting as a conservation tool, addressing squarely the ongoing ideological battle between hunters and anti-hunters and the often emotion-basedradicalization of the anti-hunters.

As noted in their introduction, NAPHA has decided to avoid trying to shout down anti-hunters and the public outcry and wait for a level of calm and rationalism to return to point out the positive conservation benefits of hunting as part of an overall wildlife management approach.
The paper addresses the many aspects of hunting and debunks or clarifies misinformation and inaccuracies purposely disseminated by anti-hunting organizations to further paint hunters and hunting as the perpetual villain.

SCI is happy to be able to provide this thoughtful and comprehensive paper to our members. To read the entire paper or to download the pdf, click here.  Position Paper


NAMIBIA Crushes Anti-Hunters By Banning All Hunting Bans

#VieranasSafaris #HuntNamibia 
You read the headline correctly: Namibia took a giant step forward for hunters yesterday when the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism said it will officially oppose any calls to restrict hunting and export wildlife products.

Chalk one up for common sense as the Namibian government got around worldwide anti-hunting extremists seeking to stop hunters’ critical conservation efforts—and, in turn, destroy the economic benefits hunters provide.

According to All Africa, the cabinet voted to go on the record as a pro-hunting nation, opposing any and all hunting bans-and to campaign against any bans proposed in the future. Cabinet members were directed to promote the news through public forums and to “communicate at all possible opportunities its importance to national conservation and sustainable development programs.” So let’s help them spread the news!

The Namibian explains the decision is the result of anti-hunters’ opposition to the cabinet’s 2013 decision to sell five black rhino hunts for trophy hunting in efforts to help save the endangered species. You may recall that the rhino taken by American hunter Corey Knowlton in 2014 at a Dallas Safari Club event generated a whopping $350,000 for the species’ conservation. It also resulted in death threats for Knowlton and his family, though the rhino taken by Knowlton was an older, non-breeding male specifically selected because of its dangerous, aggressive behavior. The bull would have been culled regardless of Knowlton’s hunt in order to prevent injury or death to the rest of the herd.

In moving forward, the Namibian government is establishing a code of conduct for conservation hunting. It also announces its ongoing support of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s efforts to stop wildlife crimes.

Please join and outdoor news outlets worldwide as we report the end of hunting bans in Namibia.

Tell anti-hunters that their shame, ridicule and mob mentality has no basis in sound judgment and wildlife conservation.  by Karen Mehall Phillips - Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Your Hunting Partner in Namibia