Prof. Edward D. Wiafe, Dean, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Somanya has called on Ghanaians to respect the ‘Closed Hunting Season’ and continue to enjoy bush meat consumption.
He said this prohibited to hunt, capture or destroy any young animal or animal accompanied by the young between the period of 1st August to 1st December, every year.
Indicating that, an exception has been given to hunting of grasscutter, but even that, a permit must be obtained from the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission.
‘’As a reminder, this year’s closed season must be respected by all and all citizens of the country must play their roles in ensuring the sustainability of the use of wildlife and its products’’ he indicated.
He said the season is to sustain the industry and other social benefits, and over 50 years now closed hunting season has been declared in Ghana.
Prof. Wiafe made the call in a statement issued of which Freedom Radio has sighted a copy.
He said the closed season is the time of the year during which hunting an animal of a given species is contrary to the law. ‘’Typically, closed seasons are designed to protect a species when it is most vulnerable or, sometimes, to protect animals during their breeding season’’ he explained.
He said in Ghana, it is prohibited to hunt, capture or destroy any wild animal listed as first schedule species, that is, species that are extinct, critically endangered or become so if hunting is not regulated.
Prof. Wiafe indicated hunting of animals that are not under the direct care of human beings is prohibited by Wildlife Conservation Regulations L.I.685 of 1971.
Noting that, this is necessary to allow the species targeted by hunters to replenish the stock.
He said hunting of wild animals has been a very important aspect of life in Ghanaian societies, providing the main source of animal protein to many people especially in the rural areas in the past and most recently palatable meat or the affluent in the urban societies.
He explained that the closed season is also an opportunity to contribute to the achievement of SDG 14 and SDG 15, to conserve life below water and on land respectively.
Source: Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com