Xinhua (China)

24th April 2021,

WINDHOEK, April 24 (Xinhua) — Namibia will sell the hunting rights to a problem-causing elephant which has been tracking across farms and causing damage to property, Environment Ministry spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda said Saturday.

In a press statement, Muyunda said the ministry decided to put down the elephant because its continuous presence in and around the park constitutes a great risk as it may break the fence, which will lead to a restriction in the movement of all cloven hoofed animals such as cattle and their products from the area.

“These restrictions will result in economic hardships as all livestock related economic activities in the country could possibly come to a standstill for months,” he said.

Muyunda said the elephant is to be trophy hunted with the proceeds to be paid to the affected farmers and to the Game Products Trust Fund.

Last year, the country shot down 10 elephants which were considered problematic to protect farmers and their crops.