Hunting in China Is Still Closed Despite Reports of Approved Permits


Published: September - 2011

Mountain hunters want to know whether hunting is going to reopen in China. For the past several years, we've heard repeatedly that China will reopen to hunting any moment now. It hasn't happened . . .yet. At least not at this writing. Near press time, an article appeared on a China news website reporting that permits had been approved for hunters to shoot blue sheep and Tibetan antelope. At The Hunting Report, we immediately received a number of phone calls and emails from hunters raring to go and wanting more information. As we told our Email Extra subscribers, unfortunately, despite the hopeful "news report," there just wasn't much hard information to pass on. As this was written in late August, our contacts in China told us no permits had actually been issued. What did happen is that an advisory board voted to approve hunting permits for blue sheep and Tibetan gazelle (not, as reported, Tibetan antelope, which are not exportable). But this approval does not mean permits will actually be issued in the immediate future. Or any time, for that matter. The advisory board's decision is more like a recommendation. We were told that officials higher up in the administration would decide what, if any, action to take within 20 days. The advisory board's vote made the news because of the public outcry and protest that lead to the suspension of all foreign hunting in China back in 2006. You may recall that the State Forestry Administration was going to institute a more transparent method of allocating permits to hunting operators by holding an auction. News that hunting permits for protected species were being sold resulted in an unexpected firestorm of protest. Although the ministry had been issuing hunting permits to foreign hunters for years, the general Chinese public was unaware and, apparently, could not grasp hunting as a conservation tool. Since 2006, the Chinese government has several times told hunt organizers that they would soon issue hunting permits, and, each time, The Hunting Report has reported those promises. But each time, those promises came and went without action. When we have definite word........(continued)
 
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