As adopted at the AGM January 22, 2008
We, APHA members, agree to be bound by the
association's code of ethics which require respect for
the game we hunt and the habitat entrusted to us. We
will obey all laws and will not engage in any unethical
methods of hunting. We will make all of our clients aware of
our ethical standards and insure that they abide by
those standards, including the use of proper weapons and
adherence to our hunter safety rules.
RESPECT for GAME
All APHA members are pledged to show respect for the
game they hunt. We will make every effort to track up,
find and kill wounded animals irrespective of whether
they are dangerous or not. We will not shoot from, or
near, a vehicle or aircraft; or shoot animals within a
restrictive fence that in any way prevents their escape.
"Caged", artificially bred, pregnant females,
immature, or previously drugged animals will not be
shot. Baiting, where permitted, is acceptable, but meat
will not be wasted.
RESPECT for the HABITAT
All APHA members are pledged to promote, observe and
initiate long term respect for the environment, the
wildlife and their habitat. We will promote community
involvement in safari hunting by the encouragement of
village anti poaching activities and by direct monetary
benefit earned from the proper legal use of wildlife;
and we will assist the relevant Government Game
Departments in any way possible.
OBEYING the LAWS
All APHA members are pledged to obey all
of the Game Laws and to respect the boundaries of
individual hunting areas, private land, game reserves, and
National Parks. We will not overshoot established quotas.
We will count all wounded and lost animals on license. We
will not hunt during the hours of darkness.
All APHA members are pledged to not use
unfair methods of hunting. These methods include chasing
of animals with a mechanized vehicle, boat or aircraft;
herding or driving animals towards the hunter with any
mechanically driven vehicle, boat or aircraft. We will not
use aircraft, radios, artificial lights or night vision
equipment, or dogs in the hunting of game, unless the
methods are specifically permitted by the Wildlife Laws of
the country in which we are hunting.
DEALINGS with CLIENTS
APHA members will not make far fetched
promises and "guarantees" of obtaining specific
trophies. Such undertakings will inevitably involve
unsporting methods of hunting in order to obtain the
"guaranteed" trophy. Neither will the
Professional Hunter make suggestions to clients to hunt in
an unsporting manner.
The Safari Hunting Client's expectations
must be reasonable and based on the concepts of ethical
fair chase. The client must not demand or expect
"guarantees" from the Professional Hunter for
obtaining specific trophies. Neither should the client
encourage the Professional Hunter to adopt unsporting
APHA members will make every effort to
insure that all of our clients are aware of our code of
ethics; and we will make every effort to see that our
clients abide by our code of ethics.
All APHA members will insure that their
clients use proper calibers for hunting big game; for
dangerous game, except leopard, .375 magnum and above; for
large big game and leopard .300 caliber and above; for
medium game .275 caliber and above; and for small game
.243 caliber and above.