Ever since the 2014’s president of Botswana, Ian Khama, prohibited elephant hunting, lawmakers from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) have tried to overrun it.
According to them, elephants are unmanageable and harm farmer’s livelihood.
When the present president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, took over, the country’s ban on the law has been lifted because the populations of elephants have ‘sufficiently increased’.
The environment ministry said, “Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension.”
According to the new cabinet committee review, “…the number and high levels of human-elephant conflict and the consequent impact on livelihoods were increasing.
The general consensus from those consulted was that the hunting ban should be lifted [and hunting will be restarted] in an orderly and ethical manner.”
This landlocked country in southern Africa has the largest population of over 135,000 elephants on the continent.
In the past 30 years, some experts say that the population has just increased which now moves around 160,000 or more.
However, the farmers in the country say that because of the increasing population, they can’t have good or sustainable crops growing on the farm.
People have predicted that this issue will have a great impact on the election which is going to be held in October.
Sometimes, the herd moves from Botswana to Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Right now, all the countries have slowed their ban on ivory trade because of the growing population.
President Masisi commented at the beginning of the month, “We cannot continue to be spectators while others debate and take decisions about our elephants.” He continued, “Conflict between elephants and people is on the rise as the demand for land, for agriculture and settlements is growing.”
On the other hand, the poaching for ivory has caused the entire continent’s population to drop by 11,000. Today, the total number of elephants is about 415,000.
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