Tanzanian authorities have reinstasted the licence of a hunting company whose permit had been suspended in 2014 after its trophy hunter clients were caught on tape committing acts of cruelty to wildlife, the Washington Post reported.
Green Mile Safari, a hunting company that caters to wealthy tourists from the United Arab Emirates, has been “quietly welcomed back to Tanzania just in time for hunting season,” according to the story in the 29 June issue of The Post.
It said that trophy hunters brought into Tanzania by Green Mile Safari had in 2014 been caught on video “capturing baby zebras, running over an impala with a truck, watching wildebeests writhe and bleed before killing them, [and] letting children participate in the hunt.”
The newspaper said that the the decision to allow Green Mile Safari back to Tanzania “is a window into the shadowy world of big game hunting in a country where biodiversity has crashed in recent decades.”
In Tanzania, hunters can pay thousands of dollars to kill nearly any animal, even elephants, whose population has fallen from 110,000 in 2009 to just over 43,000 at the end of 2014. A lion can be killed for $8,000 and a leopard for $6,000, according to the Washington Post report.
“Hunters argue that the money raised from those hunts supports conservation and that they can be done sustainably. But the images from Green Mile’s video — part of a macabre advertisement for the company — show just how poorly regulated hunting in Tanzania can be, with wildlife illegally captured, abused, tortured,” wrote Kevin Sieff, the The Post’s bureau chief in Nairobi.
“It is appalling that the Tanzanian government has reinstated the hunting license and concession of a trophy-hunting company known for committing egregious acts of animal cruelty,” Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, was quoted as saying.