Protect Elephants in Namibia
RUMBLE FOR RIGHTS PROJECT: PROTECT ELEPHANTS IN NAMIBIA
What is the current legal status?
Animals are considered property in terms of Namibian law and do not have inherent rights.
Article 95 of the Constitution of Nambia provide that “…the State shall actively promote and maintain
the welfare of the people by adopting, inter alia, policies aimed at the following:… (I) maintenance of
ecosystems, essential ecological processes and biological diversity of Namibia and utilization of living
natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future; in
particular, the Government shall provide measures against the dumping or recycling of foreign nuclear
and toxic waste on Namibian territory…”
Amongst the objectives of the Namibian Government’s Vision 2030 is to ensure the development of
Namibia’s “natural capital” and its sustainable utilisation for the benefit of the country’s social,
economic and ecological wellbeing, and amongst its broad strategies are to maintain stable, productive
and diverse ecosystems managed for long term sustainability.
The primary legislation is the Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975 of the Republic of Namibia.
Hunting of elephants are permitted in Namibia, subject to approval of a hunting permit and any
conditions attached to the permit. All hunting permits are issued by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment
and Tourism (“MET”).
Voortrekker was a true legend of the Ugab - a pioneer elephant for the desert-adapted elephant
population in the Ugab and Huab rivers region in Namibia. A small group of these uniquely
desert-adapted elephants took refuge during the war in the remote and desolate gorges of Kaokaland
in the north of Namibia. On 25 June 2019 Voortrekker was killed by a trophy hunter after a permit was
issued by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, allowing the hunt of Voortrekker for a fee
of N$120,000.00, and citing Voortrekker as a “problem animal” as motivation for the approval of the
permit. This magnificent animal was 50 years old when he was killed.
Do elephants have rights?
Unfortunately, not in Namibia. Humans are not the only animals entitled to recognition and protection of
their fundamental rights. Internationally there is a trend towards recognizing certain basic rights for
animals. The Punjab and Haryana High Court (INDIA) declared in an exceptional judgement on
10 May 2019 that Animals have legal rights, just as humans do. The court said that the entire animal
kingdom as legal entities have distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a
living person. Namibia in its constitution already recognizes its environment as a deserved of protection
for the welfare of its people – it should be a hop, skip, and a jump to recognizing elephants as a special
group of wild animals deserved of protection by the Namibian Government.
We call on the Namibian Government!
To recognize that:
• Elephants have honour and dignity;
• Elephants have an inherent right to live and is required to be protected by law;
• The rights and privacy of elephants are to be respected and protected from unlawful attacks.
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Protect Elephants in Namibia