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To: Wildlife Conservation Society, USAID, European Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
TELL TANZANIA TO RE-BAN TROPHY HUNTING
Take a stand against the Tanzanian government's decision to lift the country's ban on trophy hunting. Force Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (Tawa) funders to withdraw from the country until the ban is reinstated.
Why is this important?
Tanzania has lifted the ban on trophy hunting, allowing Tanzanian citizens and holders of foreign residence a chance to hunt and kill wildlife for meat and wall decoration.
The government has defended the move saying it would go a long way in supporting conservation of wildlife, when in actual fact, it is simply folding to the highest bidder.
The initial hunting ban, imposed in October 2015, came as a response to abuse and misuse of hunting permits - this decision leaves wildlife vulnerable to the same.
Certain species of elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe and zebra are threatened with extinction - which means that they have international protection and shouldn't be killed for fun! Unfortunately, the Tanzania government has chosen to ignore this.
According to scientists, we have entered the sixth mass extinction and with climate change, habitat loss and poaching, we really can not afford to lose any of our wildlife species...
…especially, if it's just to kill an iconic species to hang on a foreigner’s wall! We cannot afford to lose Africa's dwindling wildlife population.