The Ministry of Natural Resoucres and Tourism has called on individuals in possession of government trophies, including those rearing of wild animals, to explain how they acquired the property.
According to a brief statement issued yesterday by the ministry and signed by its communication and information officer, George Matiko, all individuals in possession of governement trophies must furnish the details to regional and district wildlife offices, game reserves and the anti-poaching unit.
Matiko said that according to the Wildlife Conservation Act , no individual is allowed to possess any goverment trophy, keep any wild animal or possess a body part of a wild animal unless they have been issued with a permit by the director of the Wildlife department. Giving an example, Matiko said that no person is allowed to possess or keep a lion, a leopard, a zebra, a hyena or any wild animal for whatever reason without a special permit.
He said the Wildlife Conservation Act defines a ‘government trophy’ as any live or dead wild animal and its parts or remains. The remains include skins, nails, claws, hooves, meat and eggs.
Matiko said the objective of the exercise was to verify if some individuals possess such government troiphies legally.The statement did not give any time frame for the exercise nor measures to be taken against the culprits.