Zimbabwe’s ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants around Hwange National Park – where Cecil the lion lived before he was lured to his death – has been lifted just a week after it was instigated.
A statement to members of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association was leaked this weekend, showing the ban on big-game hunting in areas outside of the park has been abandoned – but is still in place in the farm where Cecil was killed.
Officials in Zimbabwe announced the ban on August 2 after the huge public outcry after Cecil was murdered by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, when he was illegally hunting outside the park.
At the same time the parks and wildlife authority Zimparks also suspended hunting with bows and arrows – which Palmer had used to injure Cecil – except with permission from the authority’s head.
But a leaked statement, published in News24, revealed the ban around the country’s biggest game reserve has now been lifted.
H/T: Clash Daily