Sustainable hunting of species protection – the German hunting newspaper

19. May 2017 40

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The day before yesterday, animal protection and nature conservation associations have trophies for the umpteenth Time, a blanket ban on the import of hunting “endangered species” is required, and according to its own information of a corresponding Petition to the environment Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks passed.

From sustainable hunting wardens in the Selous paid: wild-wild animal reserve, Tanzania (source: Baldus/DJV)

The German hunting Association (DJV) makes it clear that it is already today, of course, is that endangered species hunted only, and the trophies may be imported and exported, if such a sustainable use is used for conservation of the species. The details of the parties to CITES. The EU has adopted further regulations, to verify sustainability.

The DJV welcomes the Position of the Federal environment Ministry today rejected the Petition to call for a blanket ban on imports of hunting trophies back, because this “is not justifiable from the point of view of nature conservation”.

The Minister of the environment of many African countries – including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia – have referred to recently, the of Western animal and nature protection organizations demanded ban on the import of trophies from sustainable hunting, as a “particularly nasty Form of Neo-colonialism”. They made it clear that proceeds from the foreign hunting is essential for species conservation and Anti-poaching projects in southern Africa. It is all the more reprehensible is it, that after the death of the lion Cecil on global Anti-hunting campaigns million euros of donations were collected, which remain Essentially in the organizations depend on, and barely locally effective species conservation Fund. This is the environment Minister of Zimbabwe, defendant, for example, a few weeks ago.

DJV and the International Council for the conservation of game and wildlife (CIC), in cooperation with the African countries concerned for the protection of the remaining native wild animal populations and have positioned themselves to sustainable hunting in a foreign country.

For the protection of species is a prudent, sustainable use is an important and effective means because it gives the wild animals a value and the local population that the protection and the fighting of wild animals is also in your best interests. This applies in particular to regions for tourism unattractive. Thus, damage to grazing livestock (e.g. by lions and other large predators) and agricultural crops (such as by elephants and other large herbivores) are often compensated by the respective governments through revenue from sustainable hunting. Otherwise, illegal killing, as Botswana shows, where trophy hunting for the past three years, is forbidden: In the North of the country, local farmers have been poisoned in just the past few months, more than 60 lions, because the damages are not compensated.

“Wise use” – the wise use of wild animals – has long been recognized in the world of hunters and major associations such as the world conservation organization IUCN, or the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) as part of the protection of species concepts.