Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting to attract tourists ... as wildlife authority pushes to allow lions and leopards to be killed for cashbohrabhai wrote:Muffybhai is at zambia now .SHIKARI trip shuroo...
Ban imposed after allegations of corruption and fears for big cat population
Wildlife Authority says big game hunting makes country competitive
Zambia hopes to develop its tourism trade like neighbouring countries
Zambia has lifted a ban on safari hunting after it caused financial problems for the country.
The 20-month ban was imposed in January 2013 over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, and amid fears for the future of the country's population of big cats.
'We lost too much revenue following the ban on hunting and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) had a lot of financial problems,' said tourism minister Jean Kapata.
Paul Goldstein, a photographer and travel guide with Exodus, who specialise in tours to the area, said removing the ban was 'deplorable'.
'Permits are handed out willy-nilly to whichever ethically derelict hunter can afford the fat fee, so desperate they are to put the trophy on their wall. Someone in government gets a fat pay off from these canned hunts and the rest turn a blind eye.'
'Cats bring in money from tourism, unfortunately the pernicious desires of a few corrupt greed-heads just steepens the predators descent into oblivion.'
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