NAPHA press release concerning the hunting of a collared lion in Torra Conservancy
First of all NAPHA would like to urge the conservation community, of which the regulated hunting fraternity considers itself to be an important, integral part, to act in rational, measured way in the best interest of the conservation of species and most important, in the interest of the conservation of living space for wild animals.
While NAPHA still is busy verifying all facts and some contradicting figures published in various reports, it must be clear that the Dorob male was shot on a regular trophy hunt, backed by a valid permit and on an approved trophy hunting quota.
It is a concern of the trophy hunting fraternity that hunters are expected to pay high prices for certain "high-profile species" animals offered on quotas and allocated to communal conservancies, to create incentives for the protection of wildlife by rural communities, but once these quota animals are utilized, there generally is an outcry by the so-called non-consumptive conservation community.
NAPHA moreover is concerned about an increasing reluctance by rural communities to tolerate potential conflict species like lion in their areas. Members of rural communities rarely have access to the media to express their concerns in the way some armchair conservationists have. This often results in drastic actions like poisoning or indiscriminate killing of "conflict species".
Sustainable trophy hunting is a well-proven conservation tool and largely contributes to the protection of suitable habitat for potential conflict species like lion.
NAPHA calls on the conservation community to act together in the best interest of the protection of wild animas and their habitat. Heated emotions will only sharpen the conflict and ultimately result in rejection of conflict species by those an whose land these animals live and who have to bear the brunt of the predation of lion on their livestock.
Source: NAPHA (Namibian Professional Hunting Association)