Ghana News Agency. (2003, July 30). Ban on hunting wild animals begins August 1st. [Online]. Available: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=40187 [2003, July 30].
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The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission has announced that hunting of wild animals is forbidden between August 1 and December 1 under the wildlife conservation regulations L.I 685 of 1960.
It said in a statement that the period, which is referred to as the "Close Season," is to offer respite for wild animals such as duikers, royal antelopes, and bush pigs that supply the bulk of bush meat. The hunting of grass cutter however, is exempted.
The season is considered to be the time that the animals' breed especially as the rains had encouraged the growth of fresh vegetation with abundant food supply.
The statement said non-observance of the close season undermined the sustainability and eventual existence of wild animal populations thereby depriving Ghanaians of valuable source of development.
"The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission does not ascribe to total ban on bush meat.
"We believe that if the principle of close season is understood and observed...