HUNTING PROPOSAL FOR KZN
ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM
UDM is shocked by the ridiculous proposal to allow "canned" hunting
with dogs in KwaZulu Natal, and condemns it roundly.
This proposal is not only reckless, but also grossly negligent. It is
shortsighted to even consider the wilful and cruel destruction of valuable
resources. The Environment, especially through Eco-Tourism, is one of the
greatest resources of this country. Protection of this resource is vital, due to
the huge potential for job creation and poverty alleviation through Eco-Tourism.
In the final analysis this is exactly what sustainable development means;
allowing the practice of dog-hunting flies in the face of sustainability and
The irrational argument by an official of KZN Wildlife that this practice will
occur in any case, that the proposal is merely an attempt at regulation, whilst
at the same time arguing that it does not condone the practice, deserves a
severe reprimand. It is completely unnecessary to allow this barbaric practice
given the fact that game hunting is already a regulated practice with its own
associations and professional codes.
The UDM calls on the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to intervene
immediately and put a stop to this ludicrous proposal.
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 - 557 4184
13 July 2001.