Two officials in Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests have been sacked after 1490 turtle doves were massacred by Gulf tourists in the area of Marrakech.
A video documenting the massacre of 1490 dove birds in the area of Morocco’s Marrakech by Gulf tourists triggered a public uproar last August. Moroccans called upon the authorities to intervene and punish those responsible for what they called an ‘environmental massacre’, which led the Ministry in charge to begin an investigation.
Around ten days later, two high ranking officials were found responsible for this serious abuse and were sacked immediately. They are the Regional Head of Waters and Forests and the Head of the Wildlife Surveillance and Control Unit in the High Atlas.
The investigations led by the Department of Waters and Forests confirmed the authenticity of the photos and videos that were shared on social media. Then, it located the places where the incident took place and revealed that they belonged to a lot leased to a hunting company.
According to a communiqué released by the mentioned ministry, the hunting company did not supervise the hunting activity, as dictated by the provisions of the leasing contract.
This makes the company fully responsible “for the acts committed by its customers,” it adds. The communiqué goes on to say that the department has proceeded to the suspension of the hunting license from the “company which will also be subject to legal proceedings.”
Morocco’s hunting regulations specify that the hunting limit for this species is 50 birds per person per day.
Ezzoubeir Jabrane is a writer, teacher and entrepreneur. He holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistic and Literary Studies. He has written a number of journalistic, analytical and academic articles in different fields. He’s worked as a teacher of Academic English at Hassan II University in Casablanca and a teacher of English for Engineering in the National Higher School of Arts and Craft (ENSAM), in addition to a number of other private institutions. Ezzoubeir is the founder of Exchange Lab and a founding member of International Morocco. His company Exchange Lab offers 3 services revolving around the use of English in the workplace: Business English & Language instruction, translation services, and content and multimedia content creation.