Botswana backs elephant culling

The nation, home to an estimated 130,000 elephants, imposed the hunting ban in 2014 but now appears set to reverse it despite pressure from environmentalist groups.

The move stems from president Mokgweetsi Masisi, who created a panel to review the hunting ban two months after he came to power in 2018. The panel found in favour of restoring hunting earlier this year. 

“The number and high-level of human-elephant conflict and the consequent impact on livelihoods was increasing,” the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said. 

The ministry said it wanted to ensure the reinstatement of hunting would be done in an “orderly and ethical manner,” in accordance with the country’s conservation laws.

Details of how many elephant will be taken per year have not yet been released. It’s estimated that around 27,000 elephant live outside wildlife management areas in Botswana.

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