Hunters wait for news on embargo

2015-04-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Game farmers in KZN are anxiously awaiting news on a decision by South African Airways Cargo to place an embargo transporting hunting trophies, effective April 21.

The embargo was issued after SAA Cargo was fined by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) following an incident in which hunting trophies were allegedly shipped to Perth, Australia under a false label of “mechanical equipment”, SAA Cargo’s Tebogo Mofokeng told Traveller24.

The CAA confirmed the incident but did not provide further details.

The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), which issues hunting permits to foreigners, said it would be attending to the matter urgently after receiving a letter notifying it of the SAA Cargo embargo.

The letter, dated April 21, 2015, was posted to online hunting forum, and is signed by SAA Cargo manager for compliance and foreign operations Lerato Mophethe.

It states: “Please be advised that South African Airways Cargo has taken a decision to place a total embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies (rhino, elephant, lion and tiger) on its services worldwide. Please note that no exceptions will be made even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities.”

PHASA said a total transport embargo on all hunting trophies would be a bullet in the heart of the tourism hunting industry.

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