Animal welfare groups have sounded alarm bells on provisions in the newly enacted wildlife management law, which in their opinion appear to create loopholes for sport hunting. The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (2013) legalize the killing of excess wild animals and harvesting of wild game for a range of products.
“We are opposed to any form of cropping. It has been tried before and failed because it is prone to corruption, mismanagement and abuse. It is likely that owners of game ranches may crop and cull animals beyond the list provided for in the Act,” said Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) executive director Josphat Ngonyo.
The new law, assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, further provides for local processing and sale of wildlife trophies from animals that have been cropped. Although it retains the ban on sport hunting and bush meat trading, the Act — which came into force on January 10, 2014 — it provides for culling and cropping of surplus wildlife in game ranches for their products and trophies.
Kenya banned sport hunting in 1977. Since then around 70 % of the country’s wildlife was lost, which is undoubtedly not a good track record for the hunting ban.
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Author: Rolf D. Baldus