Tanzania ends hunting deal with Dubai royal family
Sunday November 12 2017
Tanzanian herders in the Ngorongoro Crater in Arusha. The country has withdrawn a hunting concession for the Dubai royal family. FILE PHOTO | AFP
Natural Resources Minister says the Dubai-owned company will never be awarded another hunting licence, and suspended director of wildlife Alexander Songorwa for allegedly creating a syndicate of government officials in the ministry who have been compromised.
More than 2,796 animals and birds were killed in the 2007 and 2009 hunting seasons lasting four months each, with fears among the local people and conservationists that the animals could include endangered species.
The hunting sector contributes 90 per cent of the money used by the Tanzania Wildlife Authority.