The Government Of Botswana Decides To “Consider” Lifting 4-Year-Old Ban On Elephant Hunting

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The government of Botswana is set to launch a two-month nationwide consultation to review a four-year-old ban on the hunting of elephants in the South African country.

As per The Monitor, the consultations, which begin once the winter Parliament adjourns, will also include professional hunter representatives, as well as members of the community-based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) program. The committee will be assisted by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism.

Botswana is currently home to an estimated 130,000 elephants; one-third of Africa’s entire elephant population.

The perilous decision was made on Wednesday after the Parliament adopted a motion by the town of Maun East’s legislator, Kosta Markus, for the government to consider lifting the ban on the hunting and shooting of elephants outside of game reserves and national parks.

Markus originally filed a motion last month for the government to lift the ban, but after some opposition from legislators, last week he introduced the amendment requesting that it “consider” lifting the ruling that was imposed in 2014.

Markus cited loss of jobs and revenue from trophy hunting activities, as well as human-wildlife conflicts, as reasons for the government to consider negating the ban.

Really?

Whatever excuses are given to request allowing the hunting and killing of innocent elephants, the only response that should be given is to not allow it to take place ever.

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