An illegal trophy hunt of a leopard implicating a South African hunter is being investigated by Nami

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    An illegal trophy hunt of a leopard implicating a South African hunter is being investigated by Namibian authorities
    by Jana-Mari Smith

    The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is probing a South African hunter, Ferdi Kemp, for an alleged illegal leopard hunt that he arranged for an American client in April 2009.

    Kemp, who conducts hunts in Namibia through Namibia Pro Hunting & Safaris, said this week that he is assisting the Police with their investigation “because I am innocent”.

    Kemp’s passport was temporarily confiscated by the Police in June before a court appearance at the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court was cancelled. Since then, Kemp has returned to South Africa.

    His next court appearance is scheduled for August. Numerous attempts to obtain details on the investigation from the ministry, on whether Kemp has been charged or fined, failed this week.

    It is alleged that Kemp allowed his client to shoot a leopard during a trophy hunt on a farm outside of Okahandja, despite the absence of legal permits.

    Kemp rubbished the allegation, claiming that he paid a Namibian professional hunter (PH) N$10 000 for the day. He claimed that his payment should have ensured that a legal permit be obtained by the PH. He could not explain why he did not check with the PH on the day of the hunt whether a permit was granted for the hunt of the protected species.

    “I have a hunting operation in Namibia. I may not hunt leopard in Namibia without a PH from Namibia present. I approached a PH to accompany the American on the hunt. The PH neglected to obtain the permits after we paid him,” Kemp alleged.

    A spokesperson for the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) explained however that the responsibility of conducting a legal hunt, including the application for permits, rests with the person who is directly responsible for the client.

    “The person who fetches the hunters is responsible for the permits. If the hunter himself cannot legally apply, it must be arranged beforehand and it must be discussed”.

    The case came to light after the American client lodged an official complaint at an international hunting forum earlier this year. The complaint was made after the client was unable to obtain his trophy from the leopard kill because of the lack of legal documentation.

    His complaint prompted the local investigation by the ministry, the Police and the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA).

    The Ministry of Environment and Tourism confirmed their investigation into Kemp, but could not yet reveal the identity of local hunters who are linked to the case.


    Source: The Namibian
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    thank you for good information...

    this report has the information and data that one can research and find supporting information on...
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    i was hunting around okahandja at the time, and heard all about it. it sounds like a lot of shady business was happening before they closed the leopard hunt.
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    Legal trophy hunting in Namibia

    Advise to trophy hunters to Namibia:
    - request your PH to view the PERMIT TO HUNT FOR TROPHIES IN NAMIBIA
    - prior to the START (beginning ) of the hunt.
    The species which are allowed to be hunted - amongst other information - are reflected on the permit.
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    "He claimed that his payment should have ensured that a legal permit be obtained by the PH. He could not explain why he did not check with the PH on the day of the hunt whether a permit was granted for the hunt of the protected species.

    Well that is a rather telling quote.
    Interesting attitude about throwing money at the issue making it legal.

    The Outfitter is responsible for obtaining permits not PH's.
    Incompetence, stupidity, or...

    My PH/Outfitter managed to have the permits in place for everything I hunted in Namibia this year. I even got to see the permits/ license before the hunt started.

    I agree with Danie, ask to see all the permits before you ever leave the main building.
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    crime does pay

    i have just recieved an e-mail from a hunting friend and p.h. from namibia. while i was there in july, a south african outfitter was in court over a hunting violation. he was hunting leopard without a permit. his client harvested a leopard while on a hound hunt. the client could not get his animal back home because the p.h. did not have the proper permits. the client contacted the members of napha at a show in the states and told him the story. upon investigation the members of napha found out about the illegal hunt. a namibian dog handler and p.h. was let off easy as his part in the hunt was minimal and the p.h. told him that he was getting the proper permits. the p.h. was also not liscenced to hunt in namibia. the fine was 4000 namibian dollars. thats just shy of 600 us dollars. this seems like a slap on the wrist as the p.h. probably walked away with 15000 dollars. its nice to see that justice was served and i hope it leeds others to think twice before doing the same. it was hunters actions like this that helped to shut down the leopard hunt in namibia.
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    kuduman, Thanks for the news.
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    Leopard hunter admits guilt

    Leopard hunter admits guilt
    by Jana-Mari Smith - 09.15.2011

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    ILLEGAL TROPHY... Ferdi Kemp (left) poses with his American client in front of the illegally shot leopard. Photo: Contributed namibian.com.na.

    SOUTH AFRICAN hunter Ferdi Kemp paid a fine of N$4 000 in late August after he admitted to taking a client on an illegal leopard hunt in Namibia in 2009.

    The Okahandja magistrate's court this week confirmed the payment by Kemp, who was fined for hunting protected game and hunting a leopard without a permit.

    Kemp owns 'Namibia Pro Hunting & Safaris' and claimed in July that he was "innocent".

    Kemp conducted a leopard hunt in early 2009 with an American client, despite the fact that he is not registered in Namibia as a professional hunter. The hunt was moreover conducted without a Ministry of Environment and Tourism permit.

    The Ministry began investigating Kemp and a Namibian professional hunter after Kemp's American client lodged an official complaint against Kemp earlier this year. The hunter complained after he was unable to claim the trophy, because of a lack of legal documentation required to ship the leopard trophy to the US.

    Gideon Cloete, the Namibian professional hunter, was also fined N$4 000 for his involvement in the hunt. Hunting industry insiders however say that Cloete's involvement was minimal, and that while he is a registered professional hunter in Namibia, he was hired by Kemp to act as a dog handler on the hunt, which took place on a farm close to Okahandja.

    "The entire initiative came from Kemp. He told the outfitter in South Africa that he would obtain the hunting permits. Cloete only worked with the dogs," a Namibian hunter said this week.

    According to the hunting industry, illegal hunting is rife in Namibia, and is threatening an industry thatplay's a vital role generating income and protecting wildlife.

    Marina Lamprecht, an executive member of the Namibian Professional Hunting Association, last month said that the most serious threat to the local trophy hunting industry is "the increase in illegal and unethical trophy hunting, which threatens to damage the reputation and popularity of Namibia as an international hunting destination".

    Lamprecht added that law enforcement has to be tightened. She said that "with the current system of often merely issuing an acknowledgment of guilt fine to those caught hunting illegally, this practice will continue uncontrolled".

    She said that in most cases, the culprits are "South Africans operating illegally in our country, by posing as Namibian professional hunters or trophy hunting operators".

    However, like many, she said that Namibians are often found to be involved, by sighing hunting permits on behalf of non-registered outsiders.

    A local hunter yesterday said that "every Namibian who signs a permit for an illegal hunter" must face legal consequences".


    Source: namibian.com.na

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    A sad slap on the wrist for certain. He walked away with a profit after paying for all his traveling costs and legal fees too. Now he can make a new name up start over and keep on making profits. At least he had to give a few bucks back.

    I hope the Namibian courts can start having a look at the value of the resource they are trying to protect and take that into account when they set those fines.

    Who lost out in this one ( in no particular order):
    Hunter
    Namibian's
    Wildlife
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    Unless the client gets his leopard back...this is huge slap in the face.

    And Namibia should be really ashamed for the low fine amount for hunting leopards without a permit. What a disgrace :mad:
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    I agree, seems this is happening more and more often.
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    I also agree. THe fine should be higher.
    People would go shooting leopards knowing that the fine will be abot $5000.
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    Dox,
    Sadly, the fines could just become a part of the business costs.
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    I agree ask to see all the permits before you ever leave the main building. Or ask the Outfitter to scan the Hunting Permits to you before you even fly to your Destinations as they should be able to do so.
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    i just want to add this, remember this is the story told by the paper about stuff they heard, strange enough they didnt mention all the namibian who was part of this hunt, as was a south african ph, who was in charge of everything, we were mere the agents/consultants that joined the hunt, always remember theres always more than one side to a story, like nobody mentioned the fact that we made a case with the police the day the ph disappeared with the money on no permit was produced, and the south african ph was acting as the leading ph cause it was her client, see all this was not mentioned, so i ask from all, considder before judging, we are working with mr Ling from Napha to keep everything in order and in line, and like he said to me yesterday, they dont want us to leave namibia and stop promoting namibia, they just want to make sure with us that everything is within the laws, so if anybody would like to know more about anything, please ask me, or contact mr Ling from Napha.

    Kind regards

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    just to add, what about the land owner, the ph of namibia, the owner of the dogs who organised the hunt, the south african ph, then again also ph of namibia who was the so called dog handler, why would he be paid 10 000 for the day, aswell as the dogs owners which was his business got a big chunk of money, the land owner who received 15 000 for the leopard, who he after wards claimed to have a problem animal permit, and the south african ph who got a big chunk of money, and all this was paid by the south african ph who brought the client, he did a plaingame hunt aswell with all permits in order, so, again i say remember there are always more than ons side of a story, in this case there was 5 partitipants, of which i have to say we made a mere R1000.00, yes that is correct, and if we wanted to hunt illegal why would we have told the SA ph to hire a namibian ph for the leopard hunt, we could rather have taken the money for ourselves, but we didnt, and we did the right thing, and the man with the dogs who we were referred to by the registered hunting farm owner, where we conducted the plainsgame hunt, he then said he had a ph for the leopard hunt that was free, and knew how to work the dogs and conduct the hunt, which afterwards was not the truth, so like i said there are many sides to a story, since then it has all been resolved according the law of namibia, and we wil still keep on promoting namibia for hunting, just always to make sure we use the right people thats truthfull,
    and lastly, we did not act as the ph on the leopard hunt, we stayed on the vehicle while the SA ph, the namibian ph with the dogs and the hunter did the hunt, only afterwards after the leopard was taken we joined them and took pictures with them.
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    we will also take action against all publishing the story, the namibian have been informed that a case of defamation will be opened against them, and also we have contacted the republikein and other news papers in namibia, and others in south africa to get the real story out, we a tired of our name being draged through the mud, and now legal action will be taken, there was no right of publishing any pictures, and we will take this to the highest of courts, the south african ph and outfitter will also be named, and so all the other parties and what their roles were and what money they received, and who did the payments.
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    So why not name all the parties involved if you are innocent as you claim. Due to illegal hunts like this the dog hunting industry got a bad name and was then consequently banned.
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    we will just watch the papers, we are working with our advocate and the news papers to publish the story, and take legal actions against those who smeared our name in the mud.
    im glad dog hunting has been stopped, cause i think its very unethical, whats fair about chasing a leopard up a tree, or cornering it with dogs!
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