Fury as British hunters offer ‘cynical’ 20% discount to kill African big game on safaris
Safari boss Brian Roodt said he started the promotion to bring hunters back to Namibia by killing up to £ 20,000 to shoot rhinos and leopards
British hunters are offered a ‘cynical’ 20% discount for shooting leopards, cheetahs and rhinos in Africa.
Hippos, buffaloes and elephants are also on the list of sickening targets.
Safari boss Brian Roodt told the Sunday Mirror he started the promotion to attract hunters to Namibia after the pandemic.
He insists hunting is vital if Namibian wildlife is to be protected from poachers – and claimed animals always have a chance to escape the shooter’s sight.
The British come to this South African country because of the rich diversity of big game that they can stalk, hunt and kill.
Hunters can pay up to £ 21,000 to kill a leopard or £ 20,000 to kill a rhino, both now reduced by 20%.
Roodt, 31, says on his Quality Hunting Safaris website: “Leopard hunting is largely an exercise in patience and can last up to 12 days.
“That time is spent waiting quietly inside the retractable shades near the bait depot. If you’ve got what it takes, packing your monster will be an experience you won’t soon forget!”
When asked if many British hunters had responded, he replied: “A few. My clients are all over the world. I appreciate it and respect nature and hunt ethically. We only hunt on foot and on the stalk and make it difficult for the hunter and the animal to have a fair hunt.
“We don’t hunt hundreds of animals a year. We get a certain number of animals and we don’t normally use all of them.
“We also want the game numbers to recover and we are trying to harvest old, mature, top quality animals – in other words animals that are well beyond breeding.
“Hunting has its advantages but we have to respect both sides and the opinions of both sides. Yes, I like animals a lot, yes I like to hunt, but I do it for the right reasons.
Dr Mark Jones, policy officer for the Born Free charity, replied: “Allowing hunters to kill for fun is not a way to ‘manage’ wildlife.
“A discount is particularly cynical.
“If we are to end this heinous activity, we must find humane ways to manage habitats that benefit both wildlife and the communities that live alongside it. “