UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

RECKLESS HUNTING PROPOSAL FOR KZN

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

The 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 common sense.

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.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
13 July 2001.