Botswana is considering allowing elephant hunting

Botswana is considering allowing elephant hunting

World July 15, 2018 13:42

gaborone - Botswana, the country with the world's largest elephant population, is considering lifting the ban on the pleasure hunt for elephants. The government of the country in southern Africa says that harvesting small farmers is threatened by the thousands of elephants living in the wild.

According to estimates from nature conservation organizations, 130,000 elephants live in the country. That is one third of all elephants in Africa. According to the government in Botswana, that number is close to 230,000.

'Communities have become very hostile and negative towards wild animals,' said Konstantinos Markus, a member of parliament from Botswana, where, according to Mark, large parts of the corn crop are lost by wild animals, up to 72 percent in the north.

The parliament of Botswana last month adopted a motion to review the ban and reconsider. That came under former president Ian Khama in 2014 after studies showed that the elephant population in the north of the country decreased.

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