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Zimbabwe to resume hunting trophy exports

Many hunters, especially those from the US, abandoned Zimbabwe after the US Fish and Wildlife Service banned importation of elephant trophies in 2014.

 

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told The Source, a Harare-based digital business site, that Zimbabwe would be able to start exporting the outstanding trophies later this year.

 

The unprecedented international fury over the lion’s death sharpened criticism of professional hunting. All charges against the US hunter and his Zimbabwean guide were dropped.

 

Zimbabwe has sufficient lions and elephants in most of its wildlife areas in most areas in the north west of Zimbabwe. But conservationists say poaching is out of control further north east, especially along the border with Zambia.

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Money talks and they want it back, Cecil be damned. At least they could have got some free teeth cleanings from the dentist hunter.

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Killing of Cecil's son highlights peril facing African lions

First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose allegedly illegal killing by an American hunter in 2015 ignited international outrage. Now Cecil's son Xanda has been legally killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the African wild have plummeted.

 

Some conservation groups denounced 6-year-old Xanda's killing, saying commercial hunting bans and robust wildlife tourism in countries such as Kenya and Botswana are among the best ways to protect threatened species. The hunting industry, meanwhile, counters that it has a conservation role if it is well-regulated, channeling revenue back into wildlife areas that otherwise could end up neglected or turned into livestock farms.

 

Many researchers agree that Africa's lions face greater threats, including human encroachment on habitats and the poaching of animals for food, which deprives lions of prey. A more recent concern is the legal export of South African lion skeletons to a traditional medicine market in Asia, which some critics believe could lead to increased poaching of wild lions to meet demand.

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 So far the "hunter" hasn't been identified by the posse. And as long as the government gets paid, they would sell their souls for money.

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6LuyheVr_bigger.jpg Daily Mail OnlineVerified account @MailOnline 19h19 hours ago

Hunters who shot Xanda, the son of Cecil the Lion, ‘LIED’ about his death http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4727548/Hunters-shot-son-Cecil-Lion-lied-kill.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline 2AF067BB00000578-0-The_son_of_Cecil_the_

Bad move to kill an Alpha Male lion with a pride of 3 females & 7 cubs. The guide has shut down his social media and is in hiding. 

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