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Namibia: Elephant Meat Distributed to Farms

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THE meat of a ‘problem’ elephant that was trophy-hunted on Sunday has been distributed among farmers and farmworkers in the Otavi area.

Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, yesterday confirmed this.

The elephant was made available to be trophy-hunted, much to the dismay of some environmental groups and conservationists, as it was reported to be causing havoc on farms between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.

In a statement issued on Monday, professional hunter Jofie Lamprecht, said the elephant had to be put down because it was injured, and to prevent it from causing further damage.

“[The elephant] had a tyre stuck to its front right foot. Abscess had already formed, and it was the opinion of several people that this tyre would not have come off unless, at great cost, the elephant was sedated, and the tyre removed.

“The foot would have caused this elephant great pain and a terrible death,” he said.

Lamprecht released a statement to clarify earlier reports that he hunted the elephant.

He said he was only part of the facilitation of the hunting process in an administrative capacity.

“I can confirm that the elephant was ethically and cleanly hunted under the guidance of a Namibian-registered professional hunter of a different company, with his international client,” he said.

Furthermore, he said the decision to have the animal put down considered all aspects of economic costs associated with alternative options, such as relocating it.