The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) has refuted recent claims that went viral on social media that the government had sanctioned the hunting season.
Media liaison officer for NAU Erika von Gierszewski said the claims on social media cause confusion at a time when the Wildlife Bill is under discussion.
“True to the tradition of the social media this week many chats took place on FB about the hunting of jackals according to the new Wildlife Bill.
"The Wildlife Bill is still under discussion, and it is not settled whether the shooting of jackals according to the requirements in the Wildlife Bill, will take place."
On the contrary, she said, NAU already raised the hunting of jackals during a workshop which the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) had arranged to discuss the Wildlife Bill, and NAPHA also supported it.
“Changes to the specific articles were already suggested and will also be strongly supported by the NAU representatives to regulate the combating of predators and especially jacks that it will not be to the disadvantage of especially small stock producers,” said Gierszewski
NAU has in the meantime requested Farmers to be cautious with remarks on social media which are in many cases not based on facts.
“Unfortunately, social media agitates emotions to the disadvantage of the negotiating process to formulate policies and legislation as such that it is not to the advantage of everybody,” said Gierszewski.
Meanwhile, the first festival of Eat Wild Namibia will be held from November 6 – 11.
The festival aims to advertise venison, and game products and Gierszewski said various chosen restaurants, about ten of them, will serve venison while there will be a venison recipe competition and a venison market at The Village.