Namibia to prosecute people posting trophy hunting photos on social media

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  1. JKT

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    Is this for real, or something SERIOUSLY taken out of context??

    http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2017-08/10/content_41381589.htm


    Namibia to prosecute people posting trophy hunting photos on social media
    WINDHOEK, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Namibia will start prosecuting people who kill wildlife and post pictures on social media, Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said Wednesday.

    He said that people who kill wildlife, whether with a permit or not, and post photos on social media and boast will face the wrath of the law once the Protection Areas and Wildlife Management Bill passes into law..

    This comes after a video went viral in the country where a group of people shot a Kudu and started throwing stones at it to kill it.

    Shifeta said that animal cruelty is a crime, thus people who are found abusing animals will be in trouble.

    Previously in other countries, wildlife trophy shipments were banned after the killing of Cecil the lion in July 2015.

    Airlines across the world banned the shipping of lions, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros as well as cape buffalo trophies.
     
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  2. JKT

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    http://www.namibian.com.na/57860/read/Environment-warns-against-wildlife-cruelty


    Environment warns against wildlife cruelty
    THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism is offering a reward for anyone with information on a video circulating on social media of men stoning an oryx to death.
    The ministry's permanent secretary Malan Lindeque told the media on Wednesday that further details on the reward for anyone with information on the culprits will be released at a later stage.

    The gruesome video shows the unknown men, who speak Afrikaans, stoning the animal before grabbing it by the horns and cutting its throat. A voice is heard in the background asking for “another long knife from the car”.

    It is not known where and when the incident occurred, but investigations are underway.

    Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta at the same media briefing warned people who make themselves guilty of cruelty towards animals.

    Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta at the same media briefing warned people who make themselves guilty of cruelty towards animals.

    “The ministry totally discourages such behaviour, and any person caught brutalising wildlife will be prosecuted,” he said. He also warned against posing for photos with dead wildlife, and posting such pictures on social media. “No one, with or without a permit, is allowed to make such pictures public as the law will definitely take action against them.

    If pictures of this nature are taken, they should be kept private,” he stated. Both Shifeta and Lindeque urged Namibians to report any form of cruelty towards wildlife.
     
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    Yea good luck with that??? So every Namibian Safari PH web page with thousands of photos of kills means every PH in Namibia is facing prosecution? Or they plan to go after every hunter who has a face book page world wide? Minister Shifeta is as we say "blowing smoke"
     
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    I was seriously considering another Namibian hunt next year but I would think twice now if the government are that anti. Bet they don't turn down the revenue from
    Hunting though
     
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    If anything, they are pro hunting and trying to prevent dumbasses from posting pictures that hurt hunter's image. However, the wording is somewhat ambiguous and it isn't clear that they are trying only to prevent egregious photos/videos from being posted, if in fact that is the plan. Slitting the throat of an oryx may be the most appropriate way to kill it (for whatever reason, perhaps out of ammo?) but why film it and why post it? Not saying it should be illegal to film or post, but then again, it shouldn't have to be illegal. People should have discretion.

    While I am all for free press, I doubt that there has ever been a single anti-hunter converted by seeing a picture of a person posing with his trophy. There have been plenty of people on the fence turned into anti-hunters by seeing such pictures. I am not afraid to post pictures but for the most part I do think it is better to share pictures amongst friends rather than posting them publicly. If someone on the fence is to see a picture of me posing with a dead animal, I want to be there to help him understand the rationale behind hunting.
     
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    The future of advertising in Namibia.


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    Ok I used to love hunting in Namibia
     
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    Remain Calm and Hunt On. Our First Amendment rights would shield us against any attempt at prosecution (EU your on your own). I'm hunting a Leopard and Plans Game with my wife in 2019 already booked. I'm taking lots of photos and I will share them without fear.
     
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    Well stated Sir. I think you summed it up properly (y)
     
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    I read The Namibian on line every morning. They can’t successfully prosecute Chinese smugglers of Rhino horn and Ivory in their own courts. How do they propose to go after legal hunters in the USA???
     
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    As far as the animal abuse I hope they prosecute the individuals to the fullest extent of the law.
     
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    I think I am in trouble! Please take down my hunt report from Namibia a couple of years ago. It has "those" pictures in it!

    Or perhaps Wayne can use his spare time (you do sleep don't you?) to go through all of the Namibian hunt reports and just remove the pictures!

    Alternatively, I can never return to Namibia. Up to the Minister, I guess.
     

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    I thought the entire "Namibia bans all hunting bans" followed by "no night hunting allowed" was bizarre. but this????

    I thought this was somehow a language or cultutal issue, but sounding like there is really actually a law against photos and internet correspondence??? :A Banana Sad:

    If so, back to the Stone Age is right!
     

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    No law. My impression is a policy put in place in GROSS OVER REACTION to ANTI HUNTERS not liking certain animals being hunted (or advertised to be hunted) because they think Namibia IS A PERSONAL ZOO.

    Posting video of animals being stoned or hacked to death is disgusting. Prosecute them.

    Hunted trophies from ethically hunted trophies being banned is unjustified censorship.
    Please refer to Constitutional Freedoms noted earlier and in most other CIVILIZED countries.
     

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