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US NewsBotswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

18:10  23 may  2019
18:10  23 may  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting , citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops. Critics of the ban , imposed in 2014, say the restriction was causing problems to small farmers and to those who previously benefited from hunting .

Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, with more than 135,000 roaming freely in its unfenced parks and wide open spaces. Farmers struggle to keep elephants out of their fields, where they eat crops and can kill people, making the move to lift the hunting ban a potential vote winner

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. An elephant at the Mashatu game reserve on July 26, 2010 in Mapungubwe, Botswana. Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting that has been in place since 2014. The government said the growing conflict between humans and animals, and the destruction of crops, lead to the ban being lifted, BBC News reports.

Botswana is home to the world's largest population of elephants – with some 130,000 roaming the country, according to BBC News.

Critics of the ban believe it was causing problems to small farmers and to others who benefited from hunting before the ban was imposed.

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi created a committee to review the ban last June. That committee recommended the country allow hunting again, BBC News reports.

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It's one of the world's last sanctuaries for African elephants . But now, Botswana says, its population of the animals will be fair game for hunters .

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"The number and high levels of human-elephant conflict and the consequent impact on livelihoods was increasing," the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in a statement.

"Predators appear to have increased and were causing a lot of damage as they kill livestock in large numbers," the statement continued. The statement ensured that the "re-instatement of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner."

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Research shows that elephants' range of travel is expanding due in part to climate change, BBC News reports. They can be very destructive when they roam onto farmland and into villages, and can destroy crops and even kill people.

The latest survey of wildlife shows what residents of Botswana's rural areas suspected to be true – the number of elephants is increasing.

But lifting the ban could damage the country's international reputation for conservation, BBC News noted. Tourism revenues, which are the second largest source of foreign income for the country, could suffer.

There are about 415,000 elephants in Africa, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The population took a hit, due mainly to poaching for ivory. While international campaigns to ban ivory sales have helped curb illegal poaching, there is disagreement over how to prevent destructive elephant populations from encroaching on humans.


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