The Kenyan government ban on all game hunting has met with mixed reactions in Nairobi.?
The Kenyan government ban on all game hunting has met with mixed reactions in Nairobi. On Friday (20 May) the Minister of Tourism, Mathew Ogutu, said the ban was vital to allow the animals to breed.
SYNOPSIS: But the Safari Worker's Union claims the move will throw at least 3,000 people out of work, and affect another 20,000 in some way. Many shops advertising hunting tours and selling equipment have had to close their doors. Almost 200 professional hunters, most of them whites, have had their gun licenses revoked and told to arm their clients with cameras.
The government's decision came after increasing pressure from environmentalists. They say they hope the ban will never be lifted on hunting rhino and other threatened species. Mr Ogutu talked to newsmen in his Nairobi office.