Tanzania must act to revoke Green Mile Safari licence

Tanzania must act to revoke Green Mile Safari licence
Friday, 8 July, 2016
Yarmouth Port, MA

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was appalled to learn that Green Mile Safari—the same organisation responsible for a hunting video showing shocking animal abuse in 2014—has been awarded a 2016 hunting permit.

“IFAW immediately reached out to contacts in Tanzania and understood that the decision was under review by Tanzanian authorities,” said Ian Robinson, VP Animal Welfare and Conservation.

The animal welfare abuses featured in the video include capturing baby zebras, hitting animals with vehicles, and letting animals suffer for a period of time before finally killing them.

Many in the hunting community were outraged by the video and the Tanzanian Government at the time agreed that what was portrayed in the video violated the country’s laws.

“We cannot speculate about the motivation behind the awarding of the hunting license; but we call for the decision to be revoked on animal welfare grounds alone,” said Mr Robinson.

“Tanzania has been taking very positive steps on a number of fronts—fighting corruption, boosting conservations efforts and cracking down on poaching.

“To allow Green Mile Safari back into the country is a massive leap backwards. We call on the Government to take a stand and revoke this decision.”

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