Hunting in Tunisia: Obsolete legislation, poor management and a lack of political will

In January 2018, the Lebanese Hunting Club posted a series of photographs displaying hunters smiling behind their spoils, hundreds of birds downed during a trip to Tunisia. The images suscitated a wave of outrage by conservation groups not only for the way that the group advertised their copious kill, but for the fact that hunting of this scale is permitted under current legislation. On paper, regulations in the sector were designed to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems. To what extent do today’s hunting practices, quotas and implementation live up to this role?

Tunisie : Discrimination, gibier et Constitution

Tunisie : Discrimination, gibier et Constitution… les chasseurs sortent du bois…

La manifestation des chasseurs Tunisiens sur l’avenue Bourguiba, à Tunis, le dimanche 30 mars 2014 a mis en lumière le mal-être de la communauté des chasseurs en Tunisie. Ils protestaient contre les restrictions de délivrance de permis de port d’armes dont ils sont victimes depuis une décision administrative datant de 1986 et dont le contenu reste mystérieusement introuvable. [… Pire encore], un Tunisien vivant à Toulouse, voulant chasser l’outarde avec des amis français, sera obligé de remiser son fusil de chasse au dépôt de la douane. Pendant ce temps, ses amis du même club de chasse français auront obtenu l’autorisation provisoire de tirer les volatiles, allégrement […]

Five NGO’s are denouncing the serious Fauna and Flora breaches in the Tunisian Sahara

In a complaining letter, dating of April 16th 2013, (see below), addressed to the General Director of forests for the regional office for agricultural development in Kebili. Five local NGO’s in Douz-one of them is “Tunisie Ecologie”, lead by Abdel Majid Dabbar-denounce the the serious fauna and flora breaches in the Tunisian Sahara and that by several illegal practices, including poaching of protected species by a definite group coming from Gulf countries.