Botswana may lift elephant hunting ban

Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, may lift a ban on hunting for sport in the face of what the government says is growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a move sure to provoke protest from animal welfare groups.

Conservationists estimate the land-locked southern African country to have around 1,30,000 elephants, close to a third of the continent’s population, but the government says the number is closer to 2,30,000, causing problems for small-scale farmers.

Botswana’s parliament passed a motion on June 21 to review and reconsider the ban, which was imposed by former president Ian Khama in 2014 after surveys showed declining wildlife populations in the north.Reuters

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