KAMPALA, Uganda-World Animal Protection has strongly condemned the killing of 11 lions in Hamukungu in Uganda.
This comes at a time when the lion population is on a steep decline with about 90 lions left in this park.
Edith Kabesiime, Wildlife Campaigns Manager says, the killing of the big cats will drastically affect the country’s tourism sector thus the need for government to come up with an urgent solution to deal with the problem of human to lion conflict.
“The death of a whole pride of 11 lions in Hamukungu at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda, and similar deaths across Africa highlight how urgent it is to do all we can to prevent such needless decimation of the continent’s remaining big cats. Human-lion conflict should be treated with urgency and serious measures taken to stamp out this tit-for-tat mentality and practice,” She said in statement issued by World Animal Protection.
Kabesiime, a Wildlife Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection made the comment at a time when the country’s tourism sector is in shock after the poisoning of 11 lions in Queen Elizabeth National park in Western Uganda.
According to media reports, the big cats were killed by cattle keepers who on a routine basis graze their livestock in the park. The cattle keepers accuse wild animals especially the big cats for attacking their cows.
Lions are some of the key tourism attractions that have been attracting tourists both International and Locals to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park.
In 2016, the direct contribution of Travel and Tourism to Uganda’s GDP was Shs 2.4 tn (USD0.7bn) and is forecast to rise by 7.0 percent per year, from 2017-2027, to Shs5,558.3bn (USD1.6bn), 3.2 percent of total GDP in 2027.
The same year, Tourism directly supported 191,000 jobs (2.2 percent of total employment) and this is expected to rise by 4.9 percent per year to 355,000 jobs (2.7 percent of total employment) in 2027.