On Wednesday, Zambia provoked outrage by animal advocates in the announcement of plans to kill 2,000 hippos.

Zambia on Wednesday provoked outrage of animal rights activists by announcing plans to slaughter hippo's 2000 hippopotamuses in the next five years to reduce their number seen as exaggerated in the east of the country. Their abolition should begin in May at the time of the opening of the hunt, as taught by the Ministry of Tourism.

"Currently the hippopotamus population in the South Luangwa National Park is 13,000, while Luangwa can only accommodate 5000 hippos (…) This poses a threat to the ecosystem," AFP said. covered by anonymity an official of the ministry.

"None of these justifications keeps water"

Zambia had already announced similar projects in recent years, but each time it had given up under the pressure of nature lawyers, who had their voices heard again this week. The NGO Born Free denounced the arguments of the authorities.

"The first thing was to prevent an anthrax epidemic, when the water level in the Luangwa River was too low, now it is due to an alleged overcrowding, none of which justifies water," said Born Free president Will Travers.

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For the NGO, the project of the Zambian authorities is mainly motivated by economic reasons, because the hippos are sold in the form of trophies. According to Travers, the slaughter of hippos could generate almost 3 million euros.

A South African company already offers a stay in Zambia with a "hippopotamus package" at 200,000 rand (12,800 euros) for five animals that are killed per hunter, according to the NGO. Hippos are considered "vulnerable" animals, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). There are only 130,000 around the world, according to Born Free.

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