Zimbabwe hunting body vows to self-regulate after Cecil the Lion

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The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association will clamp down on rogue marksmen and increase scrutiny of its members following the international outrage caused by the killing of Cecil the lion.

Bloomberg

The association has expelled a member whose name was on a hunting permit for Cecil but didn’t carry out the hunt, Chairman Louis Muller told reporters in Johannesburg, in neighboring South Africa, on Wednesday. The consequence of failing to act could be closing of the industry, Muller said.

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“What Cecil has done has highlighted some of the issues that we already knew were a problem,” Muller said. “It has made it very clear to the government and the industry itself that we’ve got to self regulate and be proactive to address these issues.”

Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion, was killed in July outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, where he was a star attraction among tourists, prompting outrage from around the world.

Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter, is facing charges for helping a U.S. dentist, Walter Palmer, kill the animal. Bronkhorst, who was not a member of the hunting association, made a number of mistakes, while Palmer didn’t have the correct permit, said Muller. A parks ranger wasn’t present for the hunt and the lion’s tracking collar was never found, he said.

Hunting fees help support 2.4 million children in Zimbabwe and the revenue is critical to the local economy and wildlife conservation, Muller said.

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  1. Where in this country do 2.4 million children get supported from proceeds of hunting fees , to me thats gross fabrication of the level that any proceeds are benefiting the Zimbabwe population .

  2. I vividly recall President Mugabe asking the then Minister of Environment, Francis Nhema, “Are you really aware of what these hunters are dong in our forests?” And I think that is the point of departure. Self-regulating means that the players seem not have anyone to talk to regarding industry issues. The ministry concerned should come to the party regarding the issues of regulation. Government should clarify the position and ensure that the industry is properly regulated. Self-regulating is not effective because humans are driven by self-interest. How can you punish yourself for your own transgressions?

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