A gutsy court decision

“Canned hunting is a blight on the reputation of the country and it does not contribute to biodiversity conservation objectives, is an inhumane and unethical practice and in fact may pose a threat to conservation.” That is the kind of judgement we like to see, delivered recently in the South African High Court. The Court also found that “economic considerations may never be used to condone or ignore practices that either compromise the country’s biodiversity, undermine the humane treatment of hunted animals, or that may taint the reputation of the hunting industry.”

If Africa is to leapfrog to the front of the environmental queue, as we at Open Africa believe it can and should, then our courts need to be as tough and uncompromising as this one in protecting the continent’s biodiversity.

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