The Kenyan government ban on all game hunting has met with mixed reactions in Nairobi.?
GV Street scene in Nairobi ZOOM IN TO closed hunting trophy shop
SV Sings advertising shops selling hunting tours and equipment (6 shots)
SV Man reading newspaper telling of ban and magazines and newspapers on stall (4 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Office of Minister of Tourism
MV Minister of Tourism, Mathew Ogutu, speaking
WP: "This year we have been very fortunate to have the normal rainy season, we have had good roads, and, as a result, good vegetation is now seen in the den ares. There's plenty of grasslands and water. The animals have started to produce and we feel it is the time or the right time to take a more positive action to ban hunting to give the animals some breathing space, to allow them to breed, for some time."
REPORTER: "How, long do you think the ban will last?"
OGUTU: "The ban is indefinite."
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Background: 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.