Botswana Just Lifted Its Ban on Elephant Hunting. Conservationists Are Appalled.

Live Science | 5/23/2019 | Staff
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Botswana has lifted its elephant hunting ban, after a five-year probation period.

The country's officials said that the reversal of the ban followed "extensive consultations with all the stakeholders," in a statement published yesterday (May 22) by Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism.

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Botswana is thought to be home to some 130,000 elephants — about a third of all the elephants in Africa. The country has long been a safe haven for the animals and has been largely unaffected by the ivory poaching that has wiped out a third of the continent's elephants in the past decade.

But there have been exceptions. Back in September 2018, Elephants Without Borders, an elephant conservation organization, conducted an aerial survey and claimed to have found one of the largest elephant slaughters to date, with about 87 of the majestic beasts killed in Botswana, Live Science previously reported. Later, however, scientists and government officials in Botswana disputed these claims, saying that Elephants Without Borders exaggerated the numbers, The New York Times reported.

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The hunting ban was originally put in place in 2014 by former president and avid conservationist Ian Khama. But the current president, Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, put together a committee last year to discuss the economic and other impacts...
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