The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) has expressed “profound disappointment” in the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) descision to extend the zero quota for the hunting of leopard to 2017.
The zero quota has been in place since January 2016.
PHASA claims there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the zero quota for the second consecutive year. The association adds that the ban may result in farmers turning to indiscriminate poisoning, trapping and illegal shooting of leopard’s preying on their livestock, as there is no incentive for them to tolerate them.
“We support the DEA in their quest to gather unbiased scientific information and acknowledge that draft Leopard Norms and Standards and Damage Causing Animal regulations are in the pipeline, as negotiated between DEA, scientists and the private sector during 2016. The private sector is also embarking on its own independent research,” said Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer, PHASA.