Government of Angola bans trade in wildlife

20 September 2016

The government of Angola has banned the trade in wild animals, whether live or slaughtered, along the country’s roadsides in order to combat poaching that threatens the survival of several species, under an executive order of the Ministry of Environment.

The decision was justified by the Environment minister, Fátima Jardim, as an attempt to put an end to “indiscriminate slaughter of animals” and “their sale on national roads and in black markets across the country.”

The same decree expressly provides, for “no exhibition of live or slaughtered animals in all public or private places throughout the national territory,” and that provincial governments are tasked with seizing these animals and returning live ones to their habitats.

Angola has 162,600 square kilometres of protected areas, accounting for 13% of the national territory, including national and regional parks, and full and partial nature reserves. (macauhub/AO)