On the wake of the controversial killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe comes another contentious hunting issue, this one over a “driven hunt” in South Africa last week that was even opposed by some hunters, though it was deemed legal by local authorities.
Professional Hunting Association of South Africa released the below statement:
PHASA has no specific position on “driven hunting”.
PHASA promotes responsible hunting: i.e. hunting conducted within the parameters of applicable legislation, in a manner which protects and promotes sustainable utilisation of wildlife and that is conducted in terms of our Code of Conduct.
Our hunting legislation is very strict:
- a variety of hunting permits and licenses are required;
- certain hunting methods are strictly prohibited;
- in the case of foreigners, hunts must be arranged through licensed hunting outfitters; and the hunters must be accompanied by licensed professional hunters (generally speaking a professional hunter may not guide more than 2 hunting clients at any given time).
The term “driven hunt” is open to a number of interpretations. This type of hunting is not common practice in Africa. PHASA recognises that driven hunting is, and has been, part of certain hunting cultures for centuries. In Europe for instance it is often the preferred method of hunting. PHASA respects the hunting traditions of other cultures provided that the criteria, set out above, are met. We trust that our nature conservation authorities will investigate the event if there are any suspicions of illegal activity and will act swiftly against the perpetrators.
PHASA will, similarly, act against any of our members that contravene our Code of Conduct.”
We again urge our members to report to PHASA any illegal activities you may be or become aware of at any time. Should you have an enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Whats not being highlighted here is that this farm was a “Land Claim” and is being missed managed. Here again we have individual instances of bad farm management creating major controversy in the hunting industry at a time we need it least.
PH, Adriaan Wepener