Posting photos of dead wild animals could be illegal soon

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  1. Fred Gunner

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    POSTING photos of dead wild animals on social media platforms could be illegal soon.

    Speaking at the launch of the revised national policy on human-wildlife conflict management in Windhoek yesterday, environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta said the ministry is working on having the Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975 amended to prohibit and punish individuals who post photos with dead wild animals on social media.

    He said the punishment will apply to everyone, including those with hunting permits, as “especially those with hunting permits applaud themselves by posting pictures with dead animals on social media after conservancy hunting.”

    The minister said the photos on social media misrepresent hunting in Namibia. “Hunting is permitted by the Namibian Constitution. However, it is morally not correct to post such pictures. People can take pictures for private use only, but not to post on social media,” said Shifeta.

    He further stated that the sustainable harvesting of natural resources is a constitutional provision for the benefit of Namibians.

    “We do not just start hunting… the Constitution allows us to hunt in a sustainable manner,” the minister said.

    He added that there is no policy that allows the public to keep wild animals in captivity, and people should refrain from doing so.

    “Wild animals should be allowed to live freely and develop naturally,” said Shifeta.

    https://www.namibian.com.na/69008/read/Photos-with-dead-wild-animals-not-for-posts-–-Shifeta
     

  2. Philip Glass

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    Unenforceable
     
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    For the most part yes...unless you want to hunt in Namibia ever again...or if you want your trophies shipped back home?

    If they follow through and make this law...I'll post my photos on Face book after I get my Trophies out of Namibia?
     

  4. wesheltonj

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    I think they are being proactive, by not letting the antis have more photos to shove down every ones throat. Of course if you never plan on going back to Namibia have at, but it does not help the cause.
     

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    I get they are trying to prevent the outrage cycle, but all they are doing is upsetting the hunters choosing or potentially choosing Namibia.
     

  7. leslie hetrick

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    for me ,no pictures no hunt. I,ll go where I can post pictures and let the people who complain pick up the tab for saving their animals for the pouchers. here after every hunting season the local papers print pictures of the taken animals and the local sporting goods stores have contests giving away prizes(youth-adult) for the largest ones taken.
     
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    Now that's an idea?
    Everyone here take a moment and contact Namibia's environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta. Tell him if we can post our photos we'll hunt some place else.

    Contact Us

    Ministry of Environment and Tourism
    Private Bag 13306
    Windhoek
    Namibia
    Tel: Tel: (+264-61) 2842111
    Fax: (+264-61) 229936

    http://www.met.gov.na/contact-us/6/

    If anyone can find their e-mail please post it?
     
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    A ridiculous notion.
    Almost as if they're embarrassed by it, want it kept quiet which for a pro hunting country such as Namibia is an embarrassment in itself.
    If the message of sustainable wildlife management and conservation is what hunting organisations wish to promote then covering up the fact we, as hunters, hunt animals is foolish.
    Where do you draw the line?
    I won't post any photos of hunting the day vegetarians stop posting photos of lettuce.
    Why is it OK for certain groups to use social media to promote their activities yet we apparently have to be a secret society?
    Absolute bo11ocks.
     

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    As ridiculous as it is...... I personally do not care. Typically the only pics of game I share is with friends that will appreciate them. So, technically it would not impact me much. I don't do this for social media or the internet.
     

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    Guess I'll never bother to hunt in Namibia.....................
     
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    i care, I like to post pictures and at the same time I like to look at others pictures of animals taken on hunts and read reports about their hunts and equipment used along with where and who went along. I,m not ashamed that I hunt and know that my hunting dollars help the animals that I hunt to survive along with helping the locals with related jobs and the animals meat taken and monies paid. pouchers can,t say that, non can the photo crowd. mother nature is not kind and if the animals are not kept in check with the amount of forage available she will kill them like flies. my kind were hunters since time began and with gods help will still be long after I,m gone.
     

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    The only people i know from Namibia is some Prince that wants to share his $28m with me, so no worry about anyone else being on my social media platform (is that even a thing)
     
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    I agree this seems like a bit of overreach, but each country is allowed to make their own laws. We have a bunch of laws in Canada, and I know the US does as well, which might be thought of as a bit odd, if not downright stupid. The Lacey Act comes to mind - not all of it, but a lot of it.

    This particular law would be enforceable to the extent that the person was within the reach of Namibia. No different than any other law. Given how much I enjoyed hunting there, and how much I'd like to again, I'd likely comply.

    Is this law a good idea? Well, given that it won't stop the posting of most pictures, it probably won't make much difference to anyone's views of hunting, whether in Namibia or anywhere else. But if Namibia wants to make a statement, well, that's up to them.

    Personally, AH is the only social media platform where I've ever posted my pictures, Some have ended up on social media because outfitters (without my approval) posted pictures of me with trophies.

    Would I still hunt if I couldn't post my pictures? Absolutely. I take pictures principally for me, and for friends. I have no need to show them to others, although I've been happy to do so here.

    I think we need to maintain a sense of balance and proportion here. The world is changing, and not for the better. I am hunting in September and part of the deal is that I will not publish any pictures anywhere, nor will I make it known where I have hunted what I'm hunting. Sound a bit much? The place I'm hunting wants no bad publicity, because it could seriously impact what they do. I can't argue with them; in fact, I think they're right. But it's a great deal for me, and I'm happy to agree to the conditions.

    How important is bragging to hunting anyway? You can still take and share pictures with others, just not on social media.

    This strikes me as no big deal. Let's get behind the good guys and save our anger for the bad guys. Namibia is one of the good guys.
     

  15. leslie hetrick

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    if I go there to hunt, I will share my pictures and if they don,t like it I will not go back. there are many other countries that will be glad to get my legal hunting dollars. the law is just a feel good law that does nothing as you can still hunt and kill animals with a wink and nod. if they don,t want to offend the do gooders, just plain stop hunting all together. o0h wait that would mean no hunting monies coming in at all, they want to bake the cake and eat it too.
     

  16. Hank2211

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    You can share your pictures. Just not on social media.

    Will you only hunt in places which have laws you agree with? If so, good for you. But there can’t be that many places left, and they will be fewer in the future.

    Don’t worry about Namibia. There will still be lots of hunters even if this becomes law.
     

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    Wouldn't bother me in the least; will return there as soon as I have the funds together for another trip.
     
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    Umm, isn’t this social media?
     

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    i am a lawfull hunter, obeying the laws of the countries I hunt in, but I will not obey a stupid law like that. so I will not go there. just how many other countries have a law like that or thinking about one? if they don,t want hunting, just come right out and outlaw it. if I can,t go to Africa to hunt( i have hunted their five times so far), I know I can hunt mexico-united states -Canada(as I have already many times) and can and will be able to post the pictures-reports-info on all hunts. I think many of the people who live in africa can,t afford to hunt or own firearms and may be pissed that others for other countries can and do,. here hunting is for any one who wants to, from the common man to the rich man, school is closed for the start of big season, their are very very large sections of public land that any one can hunt on all over the united states with out paying and any one who was not a convicted criminal can buy as many rifles-shotguns-pistols as wanted with out any government permits except for a few(very few) states.
     

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    Totally unenforceable. The best pictures I have are in my mind and my ability to share my experiences with friends. Don't do Facebook any more.
    Namibia will always be my first choice for African hunting because it is the best. Photo of not. I do not feel the need to share my photos with strangers.
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