Zimbabwe should not allow export of Xanda's remains without a full investigation, says HSI

Zimbabwe should not allow export of Xanda's remains without a full investigation, says HSI
Published: 26 July 2017 (1135 Views)
(July 26, 2017) - In a letter to The Honorable Oppah Muchinguri MP, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate of Zimbabwe, Humane Society International is calling on the government of Zimbabwe to investigate the irregularities surrounding the killing of Xanda the lion last week. In particular, HSI requests that Zimbabwe officials fully investigate the hunt, bring legal action against the trophy hunters if warranted, prevent the export of the trophy and establish a five-kilometer no-hunting zone around Hwange National Park.

According to a document posted on the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority website, male lions of any age known to be heading prides or known to be part of a coalition heading prides with dependent cubs (18 months old or less) should not be hunted. At the time of the hunt, researchers with the University of Oxford were tracking Xanda, the 6-year-old son of Cecil the lion. They have confirmed that Xanda was a male in a pride with three females and at least seven dependent cubs of between 12 and 18 months old who are too young to survive on their own and will be vulnerable to infanticide by any male lion who takes over Xanda's pride. The researchers informed the professional hunter, whose client killed Xanda, of these facts and that killing Xanda would harm the lion population. The advice was ignored.

Audrey Delsink, executive director of Humane Society International/Africa, said: "With so many irregularities shrouding the killing of Xanda, we urge the Government of Zimbabwe to hold the people involved in his death accountable, if they are found to have acted in an illegal manner. Sadly, Xanda's killers have also left his cubs vulnerable to infanticide, which means this careless hunt could lead to further unnecessary loss of animals already threatened with extinction. It just further highlights the destructive nature of the trophy hunting industry. At minimum, Zimbabwe must conduct a full investigation and not allow Xanda's remains to leave the country as a trophy."

Although the hunting group representing the hunters who killed Xanda claim he did not hold tenure of a pride, the scientists at the Hwange National Park where the hunt took place confirmed the collar returned to them by the hunter was Xanda's. The hunter's nationality and identity remains unknown.

In the letter, HSI urges the Government of Zimbabwe to:

Investigate the killing of Xanda to evaluate whether the relevant regulations and policies were followed and make the findings publicly known;
Not issue an export permit for the trophy of Xanda if any irregularities are found;
Prosecute any people involved in illegal acts with regard to the killing of Xanda if evidence of such is found; and
Establish a 5 km no hunting zone around Hwange National Park to prevent further killings of research animals, as urged by lion scientists at the University of Oxford.

Read the letter here.

Facts:

  • Fewer than 30,000 African lions—and possibly as few as 20,000—are estimated to remain today. Lions exist in 8 percent of their former range and are suffering from loss of habitat and prey in addition to poorly regulated trophy hunting.
  • A report conducted by Economists at Large and commissioned by HSI found that trophy hunting is not economically important in African countries, with the total economic contribution of trophy hunters at most estimated at 0.03 percent of gross domestic product in the countries studied.


- Agecies

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Girlfriend hires foreign hitmen

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 140 Views

'Rate killer to save marriage'

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 87 Views

Man soils himself at a shrine while queuing to consult a prophet

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 101 Views

Mugabe's first trip since ouster

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 93 Views

Mugabe's 'obedient son' sought 'divine intervention'

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 109 Views

Poet praises Chiwenga

by Farai Shawn Matiashe in Mutare | 12 December 2017 | 58 Views

Mnangagwa's Politburo postponed

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 82 Views

'Dokora's curriculum to stay,' says Prof Mavima

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 54 Views

Military warn 'misguided' elements

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 72 Views

PHOTO: Cops weed photo goes viral

by Staff Reporter | 12 December 2017 | 125 Views

Kangai sued for $2m by NetOne

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 59 Views

CIO spy's appetite for Maleme farm still on

by Benson Mume | 12 December 2017 | 107 Views

Mpofu rallies his troops behind ED's vision

by Tamara Mutowa | 12 December 2017 | 107 Views

Fears for second Gukurahundi grip Mthwakazi - MLF

by MLF | 12 December 2017 | 139 Views

President Mnangagwa on the social media

by Leonard Koni | 12 December 2017 | 270 Views

Mpofu pledges support for BVR exercise

by Charles Motsi | 12 December 2017 | 73 Views

WATCH: Fuel shortages hit parts of Zimbabwe

by Simbarashe Sithole | 12 December 2017 | 120 Views

Bulawayo runs out of burial space, again

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 87 Views

Liquid Telecoms rapped for lack of back-up systems

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 84 Views

Cop steals friend's payslip, buys phone

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 95 Views

'Illegal to offer extra lessons for a fee'

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 82 Views

Dad beats daughter to death

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 105 Views

Mnangagwa meets provincial chairs

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 94 Views

62 in burning bus

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 131 Views

Man kills stepdaughter to please own mother

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 109 Views

Fresh bidding for Egodini project

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 62 Views

Masuku slams hero worship culture

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 88 Views

Zimbabwe accused 'murderer' in Botswana prison for 5 years

by Mmegi | 12 December 2017 | 83 Views

Guvamatanga quits Barclays

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 83 Views

Civil servants on bonuses

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 123 Views

Zimbabweans panic as permit deadline approaches

by CAJ News | 12 December 2017 | 85 Views

Peter Ndlovu not yet ready for Warriors

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 76 Views

Politburo kickstarts Zanu-PF Congress

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 86 Views

Ncube assumes 100% stake in AMH, sale M&G stake

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 58 Views

Bata invests $500 000 in gumboot plant

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 87 Views

Residents demonstrate over substandard houses

by Staff reporter | 12 December 2017 | 63 Views