Malawi has gained an international reputation for making great strides in conservation in recent years. This included strengthening the Wildlife Act to essentially prohibit recreational trophy hunting. However, there has been some recent debate on the introduction of trophy hunting inside Malawi’s protected areas.
In response to our petition, the Government statement on is as follows: “We can confirm that the trophy hunting component of the proposal in question was not approved by the government. Whilst new legislation (under sections 54 and 95) does include some hunting provisions, the Government of Malawi would like to remind citizens, residents and tourists that hunting of protected species, or hunting of any species within a protected area, is a wildlife crime. The Government of Malawi is committed to uphold this law.”
The hunting provisions referred to here are ‘as may be necessary in defence of human life or property’.