by J. Scott Olmsted - Friday, July 18, 2014
We’ve all read online comments online accompanying hunting stories that say something to the effect that “hunters always praise themselves as saviors of animals, but they don’t really do anything to preserve and protect wildlife.” Well I’m here to tell you that is bunk. Don’t believe me? Read the press release below from Dallas Safari Club and see for yourself. I'd like to hunt the Selous Reserve in Tanzania someday. If stuff like what is alleged below isn't stopped, I'll never hunt the Selous.
DSC Praises Tanzania’s Crackdown on Green Mile Safari Co.
DALLAS—Reacting to egregious, alleged violations in hunting ethics and laws, Tanzanian wildlife officials have revoked all hunting licenses and concessions for Green Mile Safari Co. The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) had urged the crackdown and is praising the move as a strong step for hunting and conservation.
According to media reports, the safari company, a private outfit owned by United Arab Emirates families, is threatening to sue the Tanzanian government for lost revenue caused by the revocation.
Allegations against Green Mile include hunting with automatic weapons, hunting female and young animals, using vehicles to chase and knock down animals and hunting protected species.
In March, a DVD showing this and other deplorable behavior found its way to DSC. The club contacted Tanzania’s new Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources, the Honorable Lazaro S. Nyalandu, to express indignation over the safari company’s apparent misconduct. Nyalandu had been appointed to his position only two months earlier.
Then-president of DSC, John Patterson, said in a letter that the club “strongly believes that one of the most important tools the Ministry can use in its efforts to conserve the country’s wildlife is to only award concessions to safari operators who will abide by the highest ethical standards and uphold the rule of law—and to remove those who do not.”
Nyalandu acted against Green Mile after the DVD was shown in Parliament.
“Today we applaud and support Minister Nyalandu for his courageous action,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “Tanzania has seen its share of difficulties in prosecuting poachers and safari operators who flagrantly violate laws, so this move is a noteworthy and welcome change. We’re hopeful that Minister Nyalandu’s decision will withstand the threatened legal challenge.”
Green Mile operated two hunting concessions in the Selous Game Reserve and one in Arusha.
DSC has pledged to continue working with Nyalandu to ensure sustainability of Tanzania’s wildlife, wild places and rich hunting heritage.
Learn more about Dallas Safari Club at biggame.org.
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