Published by Agence France-Presse on 27th April 2021
Zimbabwe has authorized the selling rights to hunt 500 elephants. Tinashe Farawo, the spokesman for Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, stated due to the economic downfall caused by Covid19 restrictions, this move is necessary to provide much-needed revenue for the country. Farawo shared that the hunting of elephants has been permitted between April and October 2020 and the hunting of one elephant will provide £10,00 in revenue.
The Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature published that the African savanna elephant is an ‘endangered” species and the African forest elephant is a “critically endangered” species. They have cited the decline in the population of these species is a result of poaching and loss of habitat.
Simiso Mlevu, spokeswoman for the Zimbabwe-based Centre for Natural Resource Governance, argued “Poaching has continued unabated despite trophy hunting under the guise of funding conservation”.