Zambia Lion Hunting Quota Cuts Follow-Up


Published: February - 2009

Over in Zambia, I received some feedback regarding my report last month on the lion hunting quota cuts there. I'm told the quota that was released is a draft proposal and not the final document. Besides that, I was told my report was a bit harsh and perhaps unfair to ZAWA. The reason for the proposed cuts, I was told, is basically the precarious status of the African lion and the need to head off an Appendix I listing of this species at the next CITES meeting in January 2010. The decision to cut lion quotas in Zambia is not based on whim. I apologize if my report last month implied that it was, as that was not my intention.

For the record, it was already my understanding that lion quotas in at least some GMAs in Zambia do need to be cut. Anyone who has purchased our Zambia Country Report already knows that, as the book mentions this in its concession-by-concession review. My intention last month was to warn hunters booked for a lion hunt in Zambia about the possibility that their hunt may be postponed or cancelled due to the cuts and the possible litigation that would most likely ensue between safari operators and ZAWA. I reminded you that this exact development occurred the last time ZAWA announced cuts. So you understand, those law suits resulted because safari operators possessed signed contracts with ZAWA for their quotas and had done their marketing based on that. Cutting the lion quotas meant hunt cancellations and lost income for some operators, especially those who take their full lion quota each year. The courts at the time agreed that the cuts were a breach of contract, and ZAWA was forced to concede.

Zambia, as does the rest of Africa, desperately needs to implement a national lion conservation plan. E-mail Extra subscribers saw the e-mail bulletin I distributed for John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force regarding the urgent crisis we face in lion hunting and his efforts to head it off. As I already mentioned, African lions are on the verge of........(continued)

 
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