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Hunters: US ban on elephant trophy imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe will backfire

from WSF

The decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services to ban the importation of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe will only serve to fuel the poaching of elephants in those two countries, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa said. "American hunters contribute about 60 percent of all revenue generated through hunting in Tanzania and Zimbabwe and a ban on elephant trophy imports could lead to a closure of a number of hunting operators in those countries and a corresponding loss of income for those communities dependent on hunting for their survival," said Adri Kitshoff, chief executive. more

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