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Unethical elephant hunt to be investigated

Niel Terblanche
THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism has commissioned a high level investigation into the unethical actions of well known professional hunter operating in Namibia.
A video of the incident where the professional hunter and foreign trophy hunter shoots at a herd of elephants as they are busy crossing marshes around the perennial rivers of the far north eastern parts of Namibia went viral on social media platforms across the world. The incident and actions of the specific professional hunter caused incalculable damage to Namibia’s reputation as a one of the last places on earth where ethical hunting is still practiced.
According to an official statement issued by the chief public relations officer of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mr. Romeo Muyanda the incident has been brought to the attention of the ministry.
“The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is disturbed with this type of conduct seen in the video clip. This is unethical hunting which is against the principles of conservation hunting in the Republic of Namibia. We condemn this barbaric and unprofessional way of hunting which the ministry definitely do not want to be associated with.”
Muyanda said Namibia is committed to the sustainable use of wildlife resources, as is indeed provided for in the Namibian Constitution.
“Sport or trophy hunting is the result of good conservation and good wildlife management, and it is in our collective interest to ensure that we use wildlife sustainably. Sport or trophy hunting is part of what we refer to as ‘conservation hunting’. Conservation hunting lends itself to being a sustainable way of using wildlife since this form of hunting is aimed at a small portion of a specific animal population and it typically targets surplus adult animals, usually the older males of a specific species.”
Conservation in Namibia is regulated by law. Regulations relating to Nature Conservation provides for different categories of trophy hunting guides, namely hunting guides, master hunting guides, professional hunters and professional hunters for big game. While hunting guides and master hunting guides are restricted to hunting farms, the higher categories of professional hunter and professional hunter for big game are allowed to hunt anywhere in Namibia through concessions or in conservancies. All hunting operators are also registered with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to practice in the country as well as with the Namibia Tourism Board, in terms of the Namibia Tourism Board Act of 2000.
“With the disturbing hunting incident portrayed in the video, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has commissioned an investigation. The professional hunter in the video has been identified and is known to us and further investigation continues. We have thus far also established where the incident occurred. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the Director: Wildlife and National Parks, may have to withdraw the registration of the specific professional hunter in line with Regulation 118 (Ord. 4 of 1975) as amended and as such, the specific professional hunter will not be allowed to practice the hunting profession in the Republic of Namibia ever again.”
Muyanda said Namibia’s conservation hunting is reputable industry that contributes to conservation in the country. It further contributes to the social and economic empowerment of the Namibian people particularly those in rural areas who live with the wildlife on a daily basis. This makes the industry significant and therefore any actions that seek to destroy its reputation should be rooted out.
“I want to assure the Namibian people and the international community that this matter is being taken seriously and action will be taken accordingly.”
The video also shows the unethical hunters fleeing for their lives to avoid being trampled as the herd of elephants suddenly ran straight at them to protect the animal that was shot.
 

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Source: https://www.republikein.com.na/nuus/barbaarse-olifantjag-skaad-namibi-se-beeld2018-10-22/


'Barbarian' elephant hunt hurts Namibia's image


Deluge of criticism streaming in

"We condemn this barbaric and unprofessional way of hunting, which we definitely do not want to be connected to." - Mr.

Romeo Muyunda, ministerial spokesman


Denver Cistern

Namibia is re-internally in the soup after a video about a cruel one elephant hunt has come to light over the past week.

A storm has been raging in social media and on the websites of international newsheads.

The incident affected the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) so much that he immediately launched an investigation.

Mr. Corné Kruger's registration as a professional hunter is in jeopardy, says this ministry through his spokesman, Mr. Romeo Muyunda. Would she registration will be canceled, he will not be able to hunt professionally in Namibia again not, Muyunda warned.

In the video of one minute and 40 seconds, which is still like a field fire spread, two hunters burn on a giant olifant bull after one another recommend to shoot the bull between the eyes.

The bull is part of a big herd, among which calves can also be seen.

Shortly thereafter, piles of monium burst loose when the herd on the two men storm.

They make a scream and one shouts for help.

Muyunda told republican on Monday: "We condemn it (the incident).
We will definitely do something about that. "

At this stage, it is uncertain when the incident in the Nakabolelwa conservation area in the Zambezi region played.

Kruger's father and co-owner of Omujeve Hunting Safaris, Mr. Nic Kruger said on Wednesday that the incident had already "three or four years ago.

But, Muyunda says, the ministry does not care if it happened. "Whenever it happened, the practice is still wrong.

"There is too much international noise against it."

In a strongly worded statement, which Muyunda issued on Saturday, he said: "This is unethical hunting, contrary to the principles of conservation hunt in the Republic of Namibia. We condemn this barbaric and unprofessional way of hunting, with which we definitely not want to be connected. "

He also says Namibia is committed to the sustainable use of wildlife resources as contained in the Constitution. "Sports or trophy hunt derives from good conservation and wildlife management, and it is our everybody's collective duty to ensure we turn our wildlife sustainable. "

Muyunda says Namibia's hunting industry contributes to conservation, as well as social and economic empowerment - especially of those in rural areas. "This makes this industry significant and therefore any behavior that it destroys must be eradicated," he said.

Nic Kruger said on Tuesday afternoon they welcomed the investigation. "I have no problem that the ministry investigates the hunt.

I spoke to my son last night (Saturday) and we have no problem. And then they have to make their decisions now. "

According to him, it was a legal hunt.

He also says Corné and the trophy hunter were not injured during the incident. "They (the elephants) got a bit of a storm. It's a dangerous one hunting. They are dangerous animals. "

About the ministry's allegation that the hunt was barbaric, Nic said, "They should be little careful what they say, I would say. they must come prove it was barbaric. "

Although not present during the incident, the footage shows "plus minus what happened", says Nic.

Corné is currently in the Zambez region and will only be available again later this week, says the father.

According to Nic, the trophy hunter, who is already "hunting a lot here", often brings together a photographer.

The president of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (Napha), Ms. Denene van der Westhuyzen, said by inquiry be aware of the incident.

She says Kruger is not a Napha member "and therefore falls under the MET's jurisdiction".

She also said the video provoked emotional reactions.

"That's why Napha really supported the minister to keep away any sensitive videos and pictures of any social media.

"The fact of the matter is that any form of hunting is absolutely essential for our environment and wildlife, and such types of videos leave the wrong impression of what ethical and responsible hunting is, as Napha portrays.

"I refer to our social media guidelines again and insist that hunters follow it.

"This matter is being investigated by the MET and whether any illegal actions were involved.

"The concerned occupational hunter is not a Napha member, and therefore we do not want to make any statements before the matter by the ministry has been completed. "




The original version in Afrikaans below:


'Barbaarse' olifantjag skaad Namibië se beeld

Stortvloed kritiek stroom in

“Ons veroordeel dié barbaarse en onprofessionele manier van jag, waarmee ons definitief nie vereenselwig wil word nie.” – mnr. Romeo Muyunda, ministeriële woordvoerder
Denver Kisting

Namibië is opnuut internasio naal in die sop nadat 'n video oor 'n wrede olifantjag die afgelope week aan die lig gekom het.

'n Storm woed sedertdien in sosiale media en op die webwerwe van internasionale nuusblaaie.

Die voorval het die ministerie van die omgewing en toerisme (MET) só gegrief dat hy dadelik 'n ondersoek van stapel gestuur het.

Mnr. Corné Kruger se registrasie as professionele jagter is in die gedrang, sê dié ministerie by monde van sy woordvoerder, mnr. Romeo Muyunda. Sou sy registrasie op geskort word, sal hy nie weer professioneel in Namibië mag jag nie, het Muyunda gewaarsku.

In die video van een minuut en 40 sekondes, wat steeds soos 'n veldbrand versprei, brand twee jagters op 'n reuseolifantbul los nadat een die ander aanraai om die bul tussen die oë te skiet.

Die bul is deel van 'n groot trop, waaronder kalfies ook gesien kan word.

Kort daarna bars daar pande monium los toe die trop op die twee mans afstorm.

Hulle laat spaander en een skreeu om hulp.

Muyunda het gister aan Republikein gesê: “Ons veroordeeel dit (die voorval).
Ons sal beslis iets daaromtrent doen.”

In dié stadium is dit onseker presies wanneer die voorval in die Nakabolelwa- bewaringsgebied in die Zambezistreek afgespeel het.

Kruger se pa en mede-eienaar van Omujeve Hunting Safaris, mnr. Nic Kruger, het gistermiddag gesê die voorval het reeds “drie of vier” jaar gelede gebeur.

Maar, sê Muyunda, die ministerie gee nie om wánneer dit gebeur het nie. “Wanneer ook al dit gebeur het, die praktyk is steeds verkeerd.

“Daar is té veel internasionale geraas daarteen.”

In 'n sterk bewoorde verklaring, wat Muyunda Saterdag uitgereik het, sê hy: “Dit is onetiese jag, wat indruis teen die beginsels van bewaringsjag in die Republiek van Namibië. Ons veroordeel dié barbaarse en onprofessionele manier van jag, waarmee ons definitief nie vereenselwig wil word nie.”

Hy sê voorts Namibië is verbind tot die volhoubare gebruik van wildhulpbronne soos vervat in die Grondwet. “Sport- of trofeejag spruit uit goeie bewarings- en wildlewebestuur, en dit is ons almal se gesamentlik plig om te verseker ons wend ons wild volhoubaar aan.”

Muyunda sê Namibië se jagbedryf dra by tot bewaring, asook maat skaplike en ekonomiese bemagtiging – veral van diegene in landelike gebiede. “Dít maak dié bedryf beduidend en daarom moet enige gedrag wat dit vernietig, uitgeroei word,” het hy gesê.

Nic Kruger het gistermiddag gesê hulle verwelkom die ondersoek. “Ek het geen probleem dat die ministerie die jag ondersoek nie. Ek het gisteraand (Saterdag) met my seun gepraat en ons het geen probleem nie. En dan moet hulle nou hulle besluite neem.”

Volgens hom was dit 'n wettige jag.

Hy sê ook Corné en die trofeejagter is nie tydens die voorval beseer nie. “Hulle (die olifante) het bietjie gestorm. Dis 'n gevaarlike jag. Hulle is gevaarlike diere.”

Oor die ministerie se bewering dat die jag barbaars was, sê Nic: “Hulle moet bietjie versigtig wees wat hulle sê, sou ek sê. Hulle moet kom bewys dit was barbaars.”

Hoewel hy nie tydens die voorval teenwoordig was nie, wys die beeldmateriaal “plus minus wat daar gebeur het”, sê Nic.

Corné is tans in die Zambezistreek en sal eers later vandeesweek weer bereikbaar wees, sê die pa.

Volgens Nic bring die trofeejagter, wat al “baie hier kom jag het”, dikwels 'n fotograaf saam.

Die president van die Namibië Professionele Jagvereniging (Napha), me. Denene van der Westhuyzen, het by navraag gesê hulle dra kennis van die voorval.

Sy sê Kruger is nie 'n Napha-lid nie “en val daarom onder die MET se jurisdiksie”.

Sy het voorts gesê die video lok emosionele reaksies uit.

“Daarom het Napha juis die minister ondersteun om enige sensitiewe video's en foto's van enige sosiale media af weg te hou.

“Die feit van die saak is dat enige vorm van jag absoluut noodsaaklik is vir ons omgewing en wildlewe, en sulke tipe video's laat die verkeerde indruk van wat etiese en verantwoordelike jag is, soos Napha dit uitbeeld.

“Ek verwys weer na ons sosiale mediariglyne en dring daarop aan dat jagters dit volg.

“Hierdie saak word deur die MET ondersoek en of daar wel enige onwettige aksies betrokke was.

“Die betrokke beroepsjagter is nie 'n Napha-lid nie, en daarom wil ons nie enige uitlatings maak voordat die saak deur die ministerie afgehandel is nie.
 

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Source: https://www.namibiansun.com/news/probe-into-barbaric-elephant-hunt2018-10-22/


Probe into 'barbaric' elephant hunt

The environment ministry has launched an investigation into an elephant hunt, after a video surfaced on social media, which the ministry has described as “barbaric”.

The ministry said in the video trophy and professional hunters can both be seeing shooting into an elephant herd.

The video surfaced online and was loaded on the News24 website in South Africa last week.

It shows elephant being hunted in Namibia's Nakabolelwa Conservancy. According to reports, the video was shot three or four years ago. It shows two men with rifles aiming at a herd of elephant in the distance.

One of the men says, “hit it between the eyes”, before they both open fire.

After an elephant bull is shot, another elephant storms at the hunters.

Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said they are disturbed by the type of conduct displayed in the video.

“This is unethical hunting, which is against the principles of conservation hunting in Namibia. We condemn this barbaric and unprofessional way of hunting, which we do not want to be associated with.”

Muyunda said the ministry has commissioned an investigation.

According to him the professional hunter in the video has been identified and is known to the ministry.

“We have thus far also established where the incident occurred.”

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, director of wildlife and national Parks, Colgar Sikopo, may withdraw the registration of the professional hunter, in line with regulations relating to the Nature Conservation Ordinance.

“As such, a professional hunter may not practice the hunting profession in Namibia again.”

Muyunda said Namibia is committed to the sustainable use of wildlife resources, as is provided for in the constitution.

According to him, sport and trophy hunting is the result of good conservation and wildlife management, and is in collective interest of ensuring wildlife is used sustainably.

“Sport or trophy hunting is part of what we refer to as conservation hunting. Conservation hunting lends itself to being a sustainable way of using wildlife, since this form of hunting is aimed at a small portion of a population, typically the surplus adult animals, usually males.”

Muyunda said conservation in Namibia is regulated by law.

He said regulations relating to nature conservation provide for different categories of trophy hunting guides, namely hunting guides, master hunting guides, professional hunters and professional hunters for big game.

While hunting and master hunting guides are restricted to hunting farms, the higher categories of professional and professional hunters of big game are allowed to hunt anywhere in Namibia through concessions or in conservancies.

“All hunting operators are also registered with the ministry to practice in the country, as well as the Namibia Tourism Board, in terms of its Act.”

Muyunda said Namibia's conservation hunting is a reputable industry that contributes significantly to conservation in the country.

It further contributes to the social and economic empowerment of Namibians, particularly those in rural areas who live with wildlife on a daily basis.

“This makes the industry significant and therefore actions that seek to destroy it should be rooted out.”

Muyunda assured Namibians and the international community that the incident is being taken seriously and that action will be taken accordingly.
 

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The Namibian government is running scared. Not a good long term omen.
 

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Haven't seen the video, couldn't find it on my phone this morning, but nothing described here sounds unethical. Sounds like they shot a legal bull elephant on a legal hunt. Is the Namibian government just afraid of anti's opinions? @Wheels is right, scary.

Not that @Wheels is right, just the situation.:E Laugh:
 

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There was nothing wrong with that video.

Walked up on them in the open chose the correct bull and shot it.

After the shot the were a couple of backup shots and some mock charging from some of the herd.

What am i missing?
 

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Haven't seen the video, couldn't find it on my phone this morning, but nothing described here sounds unethical. Sounds like they shot a legal bull elephant on a legal hunt. Is the Namibian government just afraid of anti's opinions? @Wheels is right, scary.

Not that @Wheels is right, just the situation.:E Laugh:


This video went around last week. Think this is what they are referring too.

https://www.news24.com/Video/SouthA...harge-at-hunters-after-one-shot-down-20181017
 

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What am i missing?

To quote the article you missed:
"piles of monium burst loose"

Perhaps it was lost in the translation - Pandemonium broke loose.

Perhaps the author is describing the Ministers office and something is piling up in their office. ??
 
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The Namibian government is running scared. Not a good long term omen.

I think Wheels is on the right track here. You have to remember that it was the Namibian gov't that a few months back or at least in the last year wanted to ban outfitters from using photos/video of hunts in their advertising. This video making it out into the mainstream just gives them an opportunity to beat that drum again.
 

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To recap the hunt:
Hunters lay in wait in the travel path of a herd.
Back away to allow part of the herd to pass
Move back in and choose a Bull

Hunter told to take the shot
Shoots Elephant
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Immediately after the first shot. Note recoil of the hunters rifle.
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PH Told hunter to "leave him", while the other Elephants were behind the bull. The hunter waited until it cleared and
Two back up shots and Elephant is down.

Immediately after the second shot. (rifle recoil)
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Immediately after the PH's shot. (rifle recoil)
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Rear legs failing indicating a brain shot on my screen.
Bluff charges start
Lots of yelling (to "shout down" the charges as they back away quickly to cover. (The only tree within who knows how far)


Is the concern about the first shot?
 

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I'm glad you saw that, too, Brickburn. I haven't seen a beauty like that for years.
 

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Thanks for the video link guys.

So I’m guessing the guys in the office in Namibia have never been on an elephant hunt, talked to anybody who has been, or read a book by Bell, Neumann, Capstick, or any of the other hundreds of authors who have written about this oldest of hunting conquests.

Video looked exactly like I imagined an elephant hunt to look. Great job by the pro and hunter in putting the bull down quick and making sure no other animals were in line.

I hate it, but maybe there is something to the no picture, no video thing when people in power to hurt hunting don’t have the education or knowledge to understand what they are seeing. Who cares about the antis, but when people who hold offices that directly effect hunting and conversation react to a perfectly normal, ethical hunt like this.... we have a problem.
 

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To state up front I was in Namibia Hunting Leopard when this went viral. I would not have ever seen it had not my PH shared it with me one evening while waiting for a Leopard to return for my warthog.

I know next to nothing about the "ethical" hunting of Elephants. However I have never seen hunters shooting into a herd of Elephants? Just for the safety of his client I would have expected the PH to work for a single old Bull on his own?

Please feel free to correct me if I have this all wrong???
 

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To state up front I was in Namibia Hunting Leopard when this went viral. I would not have ever seen it had not my PH shared it with me one evening while waiting for a Leopard to return for my warthog.

I know next to nothing about the "ethical" hunting of Elephants. However I have never seen hunters shooting into a herd of Elephants? Just for the safety of his client I would have expected the PH to work for a single old Bull on his own?

Please feel free to correct me if I have this all wrong???
I’m in the same boat sir. Strictly an armchair quarterback where elephant hunting is concerned. Lots of reading and a few videos. My only observation on shooting out of the herd is it strikes me as another instance of the species causing the outcry- not the act (your views on safety of the hunter aside, that obviously carries a bigger risk than a lone bull or bachelor group).
My point is, I don’t see this reaction when it’s a Buffalo bull taken in a herd, or a Gemsbok, or a big Kudu, Elk, or Whitetail buck chasing a doe.
The antis know how to pick species that will cause public outcry and I wish public officials didn’t go along with it.
 

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The hunter appears to make a high heart shot with his initial shot. The bull appears to be in the clear but just, another two seconds and the shot could not be made. They clearly waited for the bull to clear for the follow up shots.

I don’t get why the video is out there on social media. I wonder if the videographer or PH posted it.
 

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looked like a fun hunt to me

one thing from all this is we can now see that namibian nature conservation's shit also stinks
 

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To recap the hunt:
Hunters lay in wait in the travel path of a herd.
Back away to allow part of the herd to pass
Move back in and choose a Bull

Hunter told to take the shot
Shoots Elephant
View attachment 254594
Immediately after the first shot. Note recoil of the hunters rifle.
View attachment 254595
PH Told hunter to "leave him", while the other Elephants were behind the bull. The hunter waited until it cleared and
Two back up shots and Elephant is down.

Immediately after the second shot. (rifle recoil)
View attachment 254593



Immediately after the PH's shot. (rifle recoil)
View attachment 254592

Rear legs failing indicating a brain shot on my screen.
Bluff charges start
Lots of yelling (to "shout down" the charges as they back away quickly to cover. (The only tree within who knows how far)


Is the concern about the first shot?

Nothing wrong with this hunt.

Higher risk for the hunters due to the open terrain, size of the group of elephants and the fact that there are a few cows with small calves at foot, this always makes the risk of being charged by the cows higher.

One correction though. No brain shots here. On a standing elephant the brain shot will cause the back legs to drop immediately and most of the time the head and trunk shoots up as he collapses. Brain shot on a running elephant will also cause the back legs to go first but this is instantaneous collapse again with the trunk going up not down. They can end up in some strange positions, sometimes legs outstretched to the back as the momentum keeps the front going forward. Sometimes ending up in the upright position. They can go head straight down first but this is mostly on full frontal brain shot at the last moment after the head has been dropped to engage the hunter.

First client shot and 1st backup shot both appear to be good shots, double lungs and possibly just over the heart-just about perfect for the presentation.

Second client and back-up shots both appear to be higher with the second PH shot probably clipping the spine in the shoulder region causing the bull to loose his front legs and his head goes down, he then recovers with the cows charging and starts running off which does not last long after the good shot placements and he then falls over.

All in all adrenaline filled hunt, with good shot placements which kills the bull in 100 yards and the hunters manage to get away from the angry cows with the small calves.

Great experience for the client and no doubt the rest of the crew.

I fail to see anything unethical here.
 

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To recap the hunt:
Hunters lay in wait in the travel path of a herd.
Back away to allow part of the herd to pass
Move back in and choose a Bull

Hunter told to take the shot
Shoots Elephant
View attachment 254594
Immediately after the first shot. Note recoil of the hunters rifle.
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PH Told hunter to "leave him", while the other Elephants were behind the bull. The hunter waited until it cleared and
Two back up shots and Elephant is down.

Immediately after the second shot. (rifle recoil)
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Immediately after the PH's shot. (rifle recoil)
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Rear legs failing indicating a brain shot on my screen.
Bluff charges start
Lots of yelling (to "shout down" the charges as they back away quickly to cover. (The only tree within who knows how far)


Is the concern about the first shot?


Exactly what I am asking myself. What was wrong with the shots taken? Why is there an investigation to begin with? It would not appea that an other an8mal was injured! Yes the hunters had to back away quickly but that’s what happens on an elephant hunt. I had to back away myself a couple years f times during my hunt.
So not sure what is amiss here.

@NamStay can you provide more detail as to what potential charges the outfitter and PH are facing here?
 

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