Zimbabwean Activist ‘Masimba’ Criticises Trophy Hunting in Africa

Zimbabwean Human Rights activist Cde Tarisai Masimba has argued that trophy hunting does not have any tangible benefits for the people in Africa. He also said that it is driving wild animals including Elands giraffes, elephants, lions and rhinos to extinction.
It is important to note that the number of trophy hunters in Africa has increased in recent years with rich foreigners being able to afford it. Cde Masimba also criticised this rise in popularity of the industry. He said that this was driven by Western media who are obsessed with images of big game hunting posing as icons of masculinity.

Cde Tarisai Masimba is a member of the MDC alliance and a human rights activist. He has been hailed as a freedom fighter for his actions during the long struggle which ended in the toppling of President Robert Mugabe.
He has been a very vocal critic of current regime of Emmerson Mnangagwa and trophy hunting in Africa. In an interview with chimurengaradio.com , he denounced the “looting” of Africa’s wildlife by foreigners who have hunted down animals such as elephants, rhinos and lions for their tusks, horns, pelts and claws.
Masimba praised Zimbabweans for recognising animal rights and being against poaching which he called an “international crime.”

It is not an exaggeration to say that trophy hunting has become a major threat to the sustainable conservation of wildlife in Africa, as it has driven many species into extinction.

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