Govt Plans To Levy 10% Tax On Wildlife Trade

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By Staff Reporter

GOVERNMENT has set its sights towards imposing tax on wildlife trade in attempts to generate some revenue for the country.

According to media reports, the government plans to levy 10 % tax on wildlife trade.

This will include exports and donations, where the value of the animals shipped would be estimated.

The government has accused private landowners of masking animal trades as donations when they are commercial transactions.

Zimbabwe is home to the world’s second-biggest population of elephants and boasts wildlife species ranging from lions to rhinos a range of antelopes. Still, an economic crisis has left it with insufficient money to maintain its national parks.

The proposed amendment was the subject of an internal discussion held on May 5 between Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Minister, and wildlife industry stakeholders in the capital, Harare.

“How will we give animals internally and externally to other places when there is the burden of extra costs?” said Rob Lurie, chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association.

In Zimbabwe, all animals are owned by the State regardless of whether they are on private sanctuaries, national parks, and communal lands.

“There are commercial benefits not being declared,” said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.