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Commercial hunting blocks should be audited
By Pigmi Maori
In the year 2000, a number of Maasai elders travelled from Arusha
(Loliondo and Ngorongoro in particular) to Dar es Salaam where they
protested practices done by Ortello Business Company (OBC) and demanded government
action against the hunting firm.
Specifically they wanted the firm to stop the haphazard killing
that was responsible for the declining population of some species like lion,
leopard and zebras in the northern part of the country.
Their travel to Dar es Salaam was preceded by a gathering of
Maasai at a site where the firm was constructing a mansion to protest the
degradation and what they called 'land alienation' caused by the company.