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    Kenya's decision to ban all wild game hunting in the country has coma as a surprise to many hunters.

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    CU: Kenyan hunter and safari organiser interviewed (in English) in Nairobi, Kenya, and GVs wild animals with interview sound over. (12 shots)

    REPORTER: "How has the ban on hunting affected your business?"

    MUREGA:"Well, I should say it has affected us a lot because that was our sole source of income."

    REPORTER:"What do you do now?"

    MUREGA:" Well, I have go to switch over to photograph safaris."

    REPORTER:"Is it easy to talk a hunter into taking pictures instead of shooting?"

    MUREGA:"Yeh. You know it's quite nice. You'll discuss this with them, this and that, this and that. And they're quite nice people."

    REPORTER:"Is there a chance you can continue hunting, for instance, in Sudan or one of the other countries where it's still legal, and take your safari to other localities?"

    MUREGA:"Yes, yes. You can go to Sudan. You can go to Botswana. You can go to Zambia. But this involves a lot of money and things because in Sudan for instance the hunting season is now closed. The season starts in December. And between now then, what do you do?"

    REPORTER:"What will you do? You have some advanced bookings don't you?"

    MUREGA:"Yeh, we've got some advancements, some deposits paid, and everything."

    REPORTER:"What do you do? Refund it?"

    MUREGA: "Well, the thing is, I either refund it or send them to some other hunters in Sudan or somewhere else-South-West Africa, Zambia or Botswana."

    REPORTER:"Do you think the ban is a good idea?"

    MUREGA:"Well, I should say it's a good idea as far as the conservation of animals is concerned. But I would say the hunters himself does not contribute to an admission or guilt. As a matter of fact, the people who are responsible for this are the poachers."

    An official spokesman said after the ban was announced that the government expect to loose about 33 million shillings (about 2.5 million sterling) a year in game licence money. But, he added, it would "give our animal a little time to breathe".

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    Background: Kenya's decision to ban all wild game hunting in the country has coma as a surprise to many hunters. The ban -- announced on May 19th by Kenyan Tourism and Wildlife Minister Matthew Ogutu -- is aimed at halting the steady decline in the nation's game population. However, the move has annoyed Kenya's hunters-as a reporter discovered when he met hunter and safari organiser Eliud Murega.

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