Draft hunting rules for comment

2013-08-21 23:29
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Bloemfontein - Draft regulations paving the way for professional hunters to register nationally have been published, the department of environmental affairs said on Wednesday.

Spokeperson Albi Modise said the draft regulations appeared in the Government Gazette on 13 August for public comment.

The regulations makes provision for the national registration of professional hunters, outfitters and trainers.

"The regulations will assist in preventing province hopping," said Modise.

Province hopping refers to a situation where a professional hunter or hunting outfitter would contravene provincial legislation in one province.

His permit is revoked in that province, but he then continues to operate in another province.

The draft regulations holds that an individual may not operate as a professional hunter, hunting outfitter or trainer, unless he or she is registered in terms of the new national regulations.

Additionally, a professional hunter, outfitter and trainer must also have a provincial permit to operate in the specific province.

Modise said applications should be submitted to the provincial conservation authority, but the minister remained the issuing authority for the national registration.

Applications should be accompanied by various documents such as proof of citizenship, necessary knowledge, skills, ability and experience to act as a professional hunter, outfitter and trainer.

Professional hunters who wanted to accompany a client on a hunt of a dangerous animal, such as white and black rhinos and lion, should give additional information.

National applications could be refused in cases of offences under the Biodiversity Act and if a province revoked a permit.

Anyone found guilty of any offence in terms of the regulations could be liable to an imprisonment sentence of up to five years or a fine of up to R5 million.

Comments should reach the department no later than 11 September 2013.

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