Statement on Namibia Problem Elephant Hunt

Jul 29th

2019

CategoryPosted in DSC News Center

Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and DSC Foundation have followed with interest the reports about the recent hunt of the bull elephant called by some, “Voortrekker”.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia (MET) has
issued several statements regarding the hunt and has outlined the process it
followed in identifying the elephant and determining its status.

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has
also issued a statement on the matter, denying any role in the issuance of the
permit or the hunt itself.

DSC Foundation previously urged caution against jumping to
conclusions or making potentially devastating claims before all facts were
known. A day after calling for caution, reports emerged claiming that the
professional hunter identified by those most critical of the hunt as the guide
and organizer (and publicly vilified and criticized as a result), was not
involved.

False and highly inflammatory claims against DSC have been
leveled by those angry with the hunt and the decision-making process employed by
the MET. Those making the claims against DSC have cited no evidence or proof
beyond the fact that the Minister of Environment and Tourism was in Dallas
during the 2019 Convention and met with representatives of DSC and DSC
Foundation.

DSC and DSC Foundation deny and reject any and all claims
that there was any discussion of the matter in question with the MET and that
DSC or DSC Foundation had any role or part in the issuance of the permit, the
use of the permit, or the hunt in question. Further, there is no basis on which
the legality of the hunt can be questioned. Lastly, we fully support the right
of the MET to address threats by wildlife to the people of Namibia and their
property.

DSC and DSC Foundation condemn the groundless attacks on the
MET and NAPHA. The MET and NAPHA are to be congratulated for their reasoned
response.

 

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