Trophies Being Held Up In Zimbabwe


Published: January - 2007

Moving southward, if you plan to hunt Zimbabwe this season, you should know some disturbing reports have surfaced recently about trophies being held up by the government because some outfitters have allegedly tried to unlawfully keep money outside the country. In all, some 140 trophies are involved. The good news is, assurances have been made that all trophies taken lawfully with a member of SOAZ (Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe) will be released even if the operator is prosecuted. If you have trophies hung up in Zimbabwe and you think the hold-up may have to do with this investigation, a good person to contact is Sally Bown.

The development points up the need to be sure that you do book with a member of SOAZ if you plan to go to Zimbabwe in 2007. The other thing you should do is take a look at the new so-called banned list just issued by OFAC, the agency that administers the US sanctions program against Zimbabwe. The new list contains not just the names of individuals with whom Americans are forbidden to do business, but also the names of Zimbabwe properties where Americans are forbidden to hunt. We have uploaded the list to the Update section of our web site, www.huntingreport.com.

The Zimbabwe Sanctions program is a serious matter for all US citizens eyeing a hunt in that country. As we have told you in previous years, do not sign a contract with an individual on the OFAC list and do not hunt on any property listed there. Furthermore, we recommend that all would-be clients copy this list and show it to their intended outfitter at the time of booking. Ask pointedly if the offered hunt will involve doing business with anyone on the list or whether it will take place on a listed property. It is no guarantee of protection against prosecution, but we recommend that all clients get a written statement from their Zimbabwe outfitter attesting to the fact that the offered hunt will not involve anyone or any property on this list.

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